Good Morning, Broncos Fans! Well, here’s that always-scary matchup for Denver - the Ravens in Baltimore. Aside from a win, what I’m hoping to see most of all is that the Broncos are a tougher team than they’ve ever been, as Ted Bartlett averred earlier in the week. What makes this trip always so intimidating, of course, is that the Broncos seem to get pushed around every time they show up at M&T, and that stretches back to that brutal playoff loss to Big Play Shay & Company. Let’s hope to see the LOS moving in different directions today, not just towards the Broncos. We’ll need to see not only that, but no deep turnovers and some semblance of protection greater than what Kyle Orton received last Sunday. Yes, the sack rate is low. But the hits and the sacks add up no matter how often you’re chucking…
Good Morning, Broncos fans! Unfortunately, Knowshon Moreno and Spencer Larsen have been ruled out for tomorrow’s game in Baltimore. Andre’ Goodman and Wesley Woodyard are listed as questionable. Meanwhile, Champ Bailey thinks he could get dealt away. Can’t see that happening, but if it does then the Broncos must have an even higher opinion of Perrish Cox than we thought. Naturally, the geniuses over at Bleacher Report are speculating on a Bailey trade to the Patriots for G Logan Mankins. Can’t even make this stuff up. Well, they can…
Good Morning, Broncos fans! The injury roller coaster rolls on, as Knowshon Moreno missed practice yesterday and is “questionable” for Sunday, according to Josh McDaniels. Andre’ Goodman and Wesley Woodyard again were limited participants. In another surprising turn, the Broncos have decided to put off contract negotiations with Champ Bailey’s agent until after the season after reportedly being close to a deal.
Good Morning, Broncos fans! There were some positive developments yesterday as Knowshon Moreno, Andre’ Goodman and Wesley Woodyard returned to practice, albeit in limited fashion. Spencer Larsen is still out, while Champ Bailey did not practice for personal reasons. In case you missed it, Randy Moss was traded to the Vikings after more hissyfits in New England, and Roy Halladay pitched the second no-hitter in postseason history. Yes, I know - it’s baseball news and this is a football blog (plus I’m a Mets fan), but I find it deserving of mention, even here.
Good Morning, Broncos fans! If I may, I’d like to take a moment to offer something of a reality check on the Kyle-Orton-Sucks-McDaniels-is-an-Idiot-Oh-Wait-Orton’s-Good-Vote-for-Kyle-for-MVP Train. Indeed, Kyle is off to a very good start this year, his grasp of the McDaniels offense is certainly better than it was last year, and he’s spreading the ball around quite well. He’s racking up the yardage and breaking records. But he’s got a long way to go. Despite his 175 attempts (an almost unprecedented crazy number), Orton has only 6 touchdown passes (tied for 8th best) with a TD rate of 3.4% (tied for 20th with Joe Flacco). That TD percentage will need to go up - and in a big way - before Kyle Orton is an elite QB, even for a season.
Now, this is something of a rant-laden Lard today. Clearly this is not an everyday thing, but as you know, when things get my goat, I tend to rant. Just ask the guys I work with what happens when they start talking about certain baseball players being “clutch” or “winners”...but I digress. Let’s get to those sand-in-my-shorts links!
Good Morning, Broncos fans! Some potentially good news coming, as the Broncos have reportedly restarted talks with Champ Bailey’s agent on a four-year extension. Plus, the Broncos expect Knowshon Moreno and Andre’ Goodman to return for the game at Baltimore. But cross your fingers; don’t hold your breath.
Good Morning, Broncos fans! The Broncos beat the Titans yesterday 26-20 on a late TD pass from Kyle Orton to Correll Buckhalter. It was far from a perfect game for Denver, but any road win is a good one. Titans KR Marc Mariani was both a hero and a goat, first scoring on a 98-yard return in the third quarter to give his team the lead. But after the Broncos took the lead on Buckhalter’s TD reception, Mariani fumbled Matt Prater’s short kickoff. Prater’s ensuing FG essentially put the game away, and the Broncos had their upset victory. While the absence of Wesley Woodyard and Spencer Larsen likely cost Denver in kick coverage, it wasn’t all bad on special teams, as Prater went 4-for-4 (plus a re-kick after a Titans penalty) and the Broncos may have finally discovered a KR in Demaryius Thomas, who racked up a 36-yd avg on 3 kicks with a long return of 65. His big return was an important answer to Mariani’s TD gallop.
Good Morning, Broncos fans! We’re only a few hours from kickoff, and it appears the Broncos will finally be at full strength on the offensive line and in the defensive backfield with the reemergence of Ryan Harris and Andre’ Goodman (after Darcel McBath’s return last week). Let’s hope for a positive turnover differential and for the Broncos to win the field-position battle. Should add up to a Denver victory. Go Broncos!!!
Good Morning, Broncos fans! The final injury report for the week has Spencer Larsen, Knowshon Moreno and Wesley Woodyard listed as out. Andre’ Goodman and Ryan Harris are questionable, while Brian Dawkins is probable. With Larsen out, expect TE Dan Gronkowski to see some more action at fullback. As expected, the Titans will be without starting CB Jason McCourty, while starting DT Tony Brown and DE Jacob Ford are listed as questionable.
Happy Friday, Broncos fans! Jamal Williams skipped practice for the third straight Thursday. Brian Dawkins was a full participant on Thursday after missing the prior day, while Ryan Harris and Andre’ Goodman were again limited participants. Knowshon Moreno, Spencer Larsen and Wesley Woodyard again missed practice. For the Titans, the same three players who missed practice on Wednesday were out yesterday - CB Jason McCourty, DT Tony Brown and DE Jacob Ford.