The Lard

A comprehensive daily examination of NFL happenings and analysis

Emmanuel Sanders didn’t like intent behind hit that concussed him

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Rams safety Rodney McLeod was not fined for his borderline hit that left Emmanuel Sanders with a concussion.

The wideout agreed with the league's decision from a rules standpoint, but he didn't appreciate how McLeod approached the play:

In terms of targeting, I felt like the guy could have gone for the ball. I think his intentions the whole time were to deliver a blow. That's the only thing I am not too happy about.

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Don’t ever feel guilty about enjoying a Chiefs loss

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Let's all continue to laugh at the Chiefs, shall we?

What happened last night truly could not have been timed better, what with the fawning and fluffing that had immediately preceded it.

That the Raiders nearly blew the game by acting like they'd never been there before (well, it wasn't really acting; they hadn't been there before) was the icing on top.

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Manny Ramirez claims the Broncos offensive line never gets any credit (LOLZ)

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Recently waived veteran running backs Ben Tate and LeGarrette Blount have already found new (and old) homes.

Tate was claimed by Minnesota, which had a pressing need at the position due to Adrian Peterson's suspension.

Blount is, of course, headed back to New England, where he spent the 2013 season.

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Praise for the Chiefs is reaching unbearable levels

Good Afternoon, Broncos fans! As we mentioned last week, the effect that an individual game has on a yearlong statistical metric decreases as the season progresses. The sample grows.

It's easy for all of us to think after Sunday that the Broncos aren't nearly as good as we'd thought they were a month ago.

And while that may be true, their body of work is still the league's best, at least by some measures.

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Julius Thomas, Emmanuel Sanders may play against Dolphins

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Pittsburgh (7-4) scored two fourth-quarter touchdowns to slip out of Tennessee (2-8) with a 27-24 victory on Monday night.

Le'Veon Bell scored once and piled up 222 yards on 35 touches.

Titans QB Zach Mettenberger threw two touchdown passes, including an 80-yarder to Nate Washington just before halftime, but his first-quarter interception went for a pick-six by William Gay.

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Things could definitely be worse for Denver…right?

Good Morning, Broncos fans! There's no getting around it - yesterday was a terrible day for the Broncos all around.

For the second time in three weeks, Peyton Manning was awful, the line play was poor, the defense didn't do enough, the punting sucked as usual, and the entire team appeared uninspired and outcoached.

Julius Thomas, Emmanuel Sanders, and Montee Ball were injured, and that's not even the worst of it.

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Richie Incognito is no Bill Romanowski

Good Morning, Broncos fans! It was a busy Saturday for Denver's AFCW competitors.

The always receiver-needy Chiefs visited with Santonio Holmes, days after he was cut loose by Chicago.

Kansas City also extended pending free agent DE Allen Bailey with a four-year deal said to include a $10M signing bonus and $15M in guarantees.

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If you do anything today, go read this story about Demaryius Thomas

Good Morning, Broncos fans! As usual, there are a lot of links below, many of them related to the Broncos.

But the best read of all isn't about matchups, or schemes, or injuries, or about film study.

It's about Demaryius Thomas, his mother, her mother, and their heartbreaking past and present together.

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So much for the Bills’ latest playoff dream

Happy Friday, Broncos fans! So many times over the years, we've seen the Bills tease their fans with mini-runs that suggested future playoff berths.

This year, they've had two such stretches, opening 2-0 with E.J. Manuel at QB and then winning three of four with Kyle Orton.

At 5-3, they were in prime playoff position, with an outside chance at challenging the Patriots in the AFCE.

But as usual, the Bills (5-5) and Orton have crashed with a pair of ugly losses in five days, including a 22-9 dud at Miami (6-4) on Thursday night.

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Thank You, Terrance Knighton

Good Morning, Broncos fans! So, who do we have to thank for Denver having unearthed Brandon Marshall?

Terrance Knighton, apparently.

According to Troy Renck, Marshall had a choice between Oakland and Denver when the Jaguars released him for the third time.

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