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Chargers loss gives Broncos lead on entire AFCW

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Denver has a full game lead on the rest of the AFCW today, thanks to a late comeback win by the Cardinals on Monday.

Arizona scored 12 fourth-quarter points to knock off San Diego 18-17, with Carson Palmer directing a game-winning 91-yard drive.

Philip Rivers was intercepted once and had a key late fumble that pushed San Diego out of field goal range.

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The NFL and/or Peter King are full of shit; Terrance Knighton wants Ray Rice banned

By now, the world has now seen the videotape of Ray Rice knocking his then-fiancee out cold in an Atlantic City elevator.

The league that knows no shame is now claiming not to have had access to the video prior to giving Rice his two-game ban.

Of course, that's not what Peter King reported on July 29, in no uncertain terms:

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Rib injury may keep Cam Newton out for Week 1

Good Morning, Broncos fans! It's time for the Broncos to put all that hard work to use.

Sure, there's the typical stuff - the workouts, the weightlifting, the practices, the game planning, and film work.

But that's not what we're talking about.

It's time for Peyton Manning & Co. to test their vocabularies.

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Malik Jackson to play with a heavy heart

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Only Danny Trevathan and Ben Garland have been ruled out for tomorrow's opener.

Seven other players are listed as probable, but most of them were full practice participants throughout the week.

Louis Vasquez and Isaiah Burse had been limited on Wednesday, while Malik Jackson was excused for Thursday's session.

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Seahawks pick up right where they left off

Good Morning, Broncos fans! The 2014 NFL season picked up right where the prior one left off - with Seattle delivering a decisive blowout on national television.

This time, it was NFCN favorite Green Bay on the receiving end of the Seahawks' physicality, to the tune of a 36-16 outcome.

Russell Wilson, entering his third season, showed off a more divere offense and threw two touchdown passes.

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Really, enough with the talk of 42-year streaks

Good Afternoon, Broncos fans! Here we are - the Seahawks and Packers kick off the 2014 season tonight.

There have been piles of previews, and there are more to come.

So many of them - even from the football writers we most respect - focus on the (trivial) fact that no SB loser since 1972 has come back to win the big game a year later.

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Give it a rest, Wes

Good Morning, Broncos fans! So, here's the latest explanation from the Wes Welker camp regarding his four-game ban, via Mike Klis:

Welker wasn't sure what exactly flagged his positive test but he was incensed at a report he took a Molly at the Kentucky Derby. He does wonder if someone put something in his drink at the Derby.

“I wouldn't have any idea where to get a Molly or what a Molly is,” he said. “That's a joke. I don't do marijuana, I don't do drugs. I don't do any drugs.”

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NFL: It isn’t illegal for Peyton Manning to be Peyton Manning

Good Afternoon, Broncos fans! We're just two days from the kickoff of the 2014 NFL season, when Seattle hosts Green Bay on Thursday night.

With that in mind, Denver addressed some formalities on Monday.

The players elected captains, and a pair of linebackers chose new jersey numbers.

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Kevin Vickerson to the Whale’s Vagina?

Good Afternoon, Broncos fans! A few more observations from PK's (extra annoying) MMQB column today. We're hoping he was drunk when he wrote it:

  • The average age of Denver's roster is 25.8; of course, that doesn't mean anything, but PK isn't very good at math.
  • Duke Ihenacho apparently started "all 17" of Denver's 19 games last year...
  • The guy who beat Champ Bailey out in New Orleans has the same listed height and weight as him, as if anyone cares

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The Oakland Raiders are both old and bad

Good Afternoon, Broncos fans! Sorry for the delay in the Lard today. I didn't know I'd be filling in for Doug until about an hour ago, so I had to rush from my pedicure to my laptop.

Better late than never, right?

Obviously, the big news of the day was the Broncos' final roster and their subsequent depth chart. There were only a few surprises during the cuts.

First, the Broncos were much higher on Juwan Thompson than expected (my view: they are lower on Ronnie Hillman, despite his position on the depth chart). Second, Mitch Unrein beat out Kevin Vickerson.

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