Good Morning, Broncos fans! When the NFL and NFLPA agreed last year to push the annual trade deadline back two weeks, the presumed intent was to encourage more deals.
So far, only the Patriots have taken advantage of this change.
A year after they got CB Aqib Talib from Tampa Bay in a deadline deal, New England acquired DT Isaac Sopoaga from Philly in exchange for fifth- and sixth-rounders in the 2014 Draft.
There were talks of a higher profile deal involving Vikings DE Jared Allen, but the Seahawks and one other mystery team were unable to pry him away.
Good Morning, Broncos fans! Although they were heavy road favorites, Seattle (7-1) needed all 60 minutes of Monday night's game to dispatch of the Rams (3-5).
Thanks to a last-second goal-line stand, the Seahawks escaped St. Louis with an improbable 14-9 victory, in which they gained only seven first downs to the Rams' 23.
St. Louis also outgained Seattle by an eye-popping 339-135 advantage, but of course, turnovers (two for the Rams, none for the Seahawks) made up for those lopsided figures.
80 of the Seahawks' yards came on a third quarter touchdown pass to Golden Tate from Russell Wilson, who threw for 139 yards and two scores, but lost 48 yards on seven (!) sacks.
Good Morning, Broncos fans! Good time for a bye, right?
At 7-1, Denver is in great shape, but a bit banged up physically. A week off should do wonders as the team prepares for a crucial stretch which figures to go a long way in determining the AFCW and AFC playoff pictures: at San Diego, versus Kansas City, at New England, and at Kansas City.
Of course, it all starts with Peyton Manning, who Chris Mortensen reports has two sprained ankles, including a dreaded high ankle sprain in his right leg. Mort says Manning suffered his injuries against Jacksonville, which raises the question of why Peyon was not listed on the team's injury reports prior to the Indy game.
Good Morning, Broncos fans! Any time in the National Football League when you're facing a player like Peyton Manning, there's going to be some problems for your secondary.
You know that's what Mike Shanahan has been thinking all week, with memories of the '03 and '04 playoffs looming large.
Today could be just as bad (or worse) for Shanny's squad, which will be without both of its starting safeties.
It's been known for most of the week that Brandon Meriweather would be suspended for the game, and yesterday it was confirmed that Reed Doughty, the other starting safety, would not make the trip west.
Good Morning, Broncos fans! Undoubtedly, the big on-field news for tomorrow is that Wesley Woodyard will be back in the starting lineup.
But another relatively notable story is the debut of undrafted running back C.J. Anderson, who is expected to dress in place of the fumble-prone Ronnie Hillman.
Since you're wondering, Hillman has two fumbles in 52 touches, after two fumbles in 119 touches as a rookie, including the playoff game. Montee Ball has two fumbles in 45 touches. Each of these are examples of too-frequent fumbling.
Happy Friday, Broncos fans! Cam Newton and the Panthers (4-3) kept the Bucs winless with an easy 31-13 victory last night that makes Tampa Bay 0-7 for the seventh time in franchise history.
Newton continued his roll of efficiency, accounting for three touchdowns and topping the 100 mark in QB rating for the third game in a row, and fourth time in five games. He now ranks seventh in the league in QB rating, and his advanced metrics continue to creep slowly up (he's 16th in NY/A, 15th in ANY/A).
Carolina has won four of its last five (with each victory coinciding with a 100+ QB rating from Newton), making the seat under coach Ron Rivera considerably cooler.
Good Morning, Broncos fans! We've all read so many chronicles of Peyton Manning's rehabilitation and return from his four neck surgeries, and each time, we learn a little bit more about what Peyton went through.
The latest, a stellar piece from the Washington Post's Sally Jenkins (h/t Joel S), goes into still greater detail about how Manning made his return from rock bottom to the top of the league. Obviously, you should all read the whole piece, so I won't summarize further, except for this stunning snippet:
To this day, Manning’s right arm remains slightly weaker than his left. He still works on that right triceps and nerve, but is resigned to the possibility that they might not ever come fully awake. “I couldn’t tell you whether they’ll come back, and until I stop playing I won’t stop trying,” he says.
Good Morning/Afternoon, Broncos fans! We already recapped Denver's standing among the ANS efficiency rankings today.
We haven't checked in on PFR's SRS recently, though. According to their Simple Rating System, Denver remains the top team in the league (12.4), although by a narrow margin over Seattle (12.0).
The Broncos still have the largest margin of victory (14.4), with the Chiefs next (12.6). In terms of strength of schedule, only nine teams have had it easier, although nobody's faced a softer slate than Kansas City.
Good Morning, Broncos fans! Aside from the talk of what's "wrong" with the 6-1 Broncos, this week is about the return of Mike Shanahan to Denver.
Of course, it's not nearly as big a deal as Peyton Manning's return to Indy, and in no way, shape, or form is it bigger (LOLZ).
However, Shanny's contribution to the Broncos franchise is indelible, from his nurturing of a young John Elway, to the restoration of the team among the league's elite, and of course, the two Lombardi trophies.
Without him, Elway might still be known as the guy who could never win the big one, alongside his draftmates Dan Marino and Jim Kelly.
Good Morning, Broncos fans! It was rather apparent that last night's loss was about mistakes, turnovers, and field position.
Strangely, Denver only gets charged with three turnovers (for the second straight week), even though they really lost three fumbles (Trindon Holliday, Peyton Manning, Ronnie Hillman) and threw an interception.
The quirk here is that Manning's sack/fumble/safety goes down as a change of possession and scoring play, but not a turnover. Had Robert Mathis recovered the ball in the end zone, or anywhere else, rather than been ruled out of bounds, the play would have counted as a lost fumble and a turnover.