The Lard

A comprehensive daily examination of NFL happenings and analysis

Goodbye, blackout rules!

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Earlier today, we noted that Jim Harbaugh has been floated as a possible replacement for Dennis Allen in Oakland.

But what about his current gig across the Bay?

Harbaugh spent much of his Monday presser fighting back reports - including from Deion Sanders and Trent Dilfer - that he's losing the Niners locker room.

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The Dennis Allen Watch continues

Good Morning, Broncos fans! It was a mostly dull Sunday in the NFL, with 7 of the 11 games decided by 13 or more points (the Thursday game makes 8 of 12).

Of the eight, only San Diego (33) scored fewer than 38 points, with four of them tallying that very number.

The night game was perhaps the most surprising, with Dallas (3-1) mauling New Orleans (1-3) to the tune of 38-17.

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Broncos tried to sign tackle off Vikings’ practice squad

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Just three weeks into the season, the seats below a pair of head coaches are already said to be getting quite hot.

In Miami, Joe Philbin apparently pissed off both his bosses and his charges by recently letting Ryan Tannehill twist in the wind a bit.

Philbin chose not to clarify that Tannehill remained his starting quarterback, even while the third-year player continued to take first-team reps.

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NFL team to call London home by 2022?

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Given the recent uproar over how the NFL has handled domestic violence, it would figure that changes are on the way.

According to Mike Freeman, there's growing support for having former players mete out punishments for off-field transgressions.

Freeman says it appears likely that domestic violence arrests will lead to players being deactivated with pay while their cases are investigated by the league.

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Well, that should put to rest the Kirk Cousins as franchise QB talk

Happy Friday, Broncos fans! For the fourth straight week, Thursday Night Football was a dud.

Each game has been a blowout, but for the first time, the road team emerged victorious.

The Giants thrashed Washington 45-14 behind five touchdowns from Eli Manning - four passing, and one rushing.

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Sponsors reportedly don’t want ads run during Vikings or Ravens games

Good Morning, Broncos fans! With the Broncos already mostly healthy as they enjoy their bye week, the rest of the AFCW is less fortunate.

Kansas City and San Diego had already been hit hard by injuries, and now the same fate has befallen Oakland.

On Wednesday, the Raiders placed safety Tyvon Branch on IR with a broken foot.

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When will the Broncos play mistake-free football?

Good Morning, Broncos fans! In his latest mailbag, Mike Klis explains what caused the two controversial draw plays in Seattle:

On the first third-and-long run, Manning made an unfortunate audible. A pass play was the call but instead he gave tight end Virgil Green the ball, who ran on a play when a lineman didn't pull. Green got no gain and a game-ending concussion.

On the next third-and-long, Manning had not yet called a play at the line of scrimmage. He was about to signal for a pass play when Manny Ramirez snapped the ball. Crowd noise was the factor there. Manning had the ball with no play called. Busted. Manning fed running back C.J. Anderson, who took the hit for a 2-yard loss.

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Ravens dispute report from ESPN, which stands by story

On Monday afternoon, the Ravens released a statement rebutting ESPN's damning report about their handling of the Ray Rice case.

Within it, the team reasserted that Rice had misled them, coach John Harbaugh denied seeking Rice's release, and owner Steve Bisciotti downplayed his relationship with Roger Goodell.

Shortly thereafter, Bisciotti held a rambling presser, during which he suggested that all of ESPN's sources were friends of Rice's.

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Broncos’ linebackers getting healthy

Good Morning, Broncos fans! As their bye week begins, Denver's linebacker corps is nearing full strength.

Danny Trevathan, who made the trip to Seattle but was held out, will continue to practice, and is expected back for the Week 5 game against Arizona.

Additionally, the team figures to get Lerentee McCray back next week; he missed the Seattle game with a sprained knee ligament.

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So, did the Broncos close the gap on Seattle?

Good Afternoon, Broncos fans! It was another injury-ravaged Sunday around the league.

Pittsburgh linebackers Ryan Shazier (sprained MCL) and Jarvis Jones (wrist surgery), and Ike Taylor (broken forearm) each suffered serious injuries.

Their AFCN rival Ravens lost tight end Dennis Pitta to a dislocated hip that may also be fractured.

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