Good Morning, Broncos fans! Make sure you've cleared more than three hours from your afternoon for today's game. If you're recording it, set the DVR to go longer than you normally might.
If the season so far is any indication, a potential overtime game could approach four hours.
As we all learned in painful fashion Monday night, one of the many negative outcomes of the officiating lockout is that games are stretching even longer than normal. Broncos/Falcons went 3 hours 27 minutes, while the average game in Week 2 lasted for 3 hours 14 minutes - tied for third longest in the past 20 years. Brutal.
There is one bright spot here for the Broncos - at least for the next two weeks. Home teams have been faring much better in terms of winning games (an unprecedented 14 of 16 were victorious last week), penalty counts (road teams have faced 23% more flags than have home teams), and an unheard of 61.3% of them have apparently covered the point spread.
Good Morning, Broncos fans! Chris Harris says he's ready to play tomorrow; including Harris and Quinton Carter, who were both limited in practice, Denver has listed six players as probable for tomorrow.
Chris Kuper remains out, as he recovers from his forearm injury, and is the only other Bronco on the injury report.
LB Tim Dobbins is questionable for Houston, while eleven others are probable.
Happy Friday, Broncos fans! Finally, there's some good news regarding the health status of Chris Harris (ankle).
The nickel corner returned to practice yesterday, albeit in a limited fashion; Mike Klis thinks Tony Carter is likely to see more action again on Sunday. Quinton Carter was also limited (knee). Von Miller, Joel Dreessen, Tracy Porter, and Brandon Stokley were all on yesterday's injury report, but all were full participants.
Because the defense started Monday night's game on their own one-yard line, Champ Bailey's string of having started all of his NFL games was broken.
The league fined Falcons DE Ray Edwards $8K for a late hit, but still nothing for contacting an official, which should have gotten him ejected from the game after Knowshon Moreno's fumble. Let's see, it should have been Denver ball at the Atlanta 32 with the score 10-0, and Edwards tossed. Instead, It was Atlanta ball at the 17, and Edwards got to stick around. Of course, the statistics will show that the refs called a penalty, so everything is okay, right?
But as one would expect, Peyton didn't have much to say, because what can he possibly offer? He's already told us many times that he's not 100%.
For his part, Eric Decker says Manning "hummed" the deep middle pass that sailed through the wideout's hands, and he of course says he should have caught the ball there.
Chris Harris and Chris Kuper did conditioning work, but neither practiced yesterday; Kuper is reportedly still a week away from practicing. Quinton Carter and Von Miller were limited, while Joel Dreessen and Brandon Stokley are on the injury report but were full participants.
Good Morning, Broncos fans! I'm not sure why I need to clarify yesterday morning's intro, because I thought it was rather clear. But here goes...
Yes, my point was indeed that the officiating played a large role in the outcome of Monday's game. Were their blown calls alone in causing Denver to lose? Of course not. The turnovers helped, as did a dropped interception or two. The pass rush could have been more impactful.
But here's what I find quite amusing regarding the allocation of blame for a loss:
Why is one person's claim that Peyton Manning's three interceptions were the main reason for the loss considered indisputable, while it would be completely invalid to blame the refs?
Both are opinions, and not based in delusion, right? Or is the latter un-American?
Good Afternoon, Broncos fans! Today is National Cheeseburger Day, so be sure to celebrate with your favorite version of the iconic American food.
A Hamburger Today is marking the occasion by giving away a signed copy of George Motz's Hamburger America. Motz's show Burger Land, which reairs on the Travel Channel next Wednesday and Thursday, is worth checking out.
My favorite version of our national treasure (favorite meal, really) is a rare burger with cheddar at J.G. Melon, along with their crispy cottage fries; the photo below is from my most recent trip there.
J.G. Melon is unfortuntely located on Manhattan's stuffier-than-stuffy Upper East Side, and the service isn't exactly top-shelf. But there's no better burger for my money.
Good Morning, Broncos fans! You know, you never want to make it about the officials. It's petty, it's weak, and it's the mark of sore losers.
Especially when you turn the ball over four times within a quarter. Well, three times, if the referees had even the slightest clue on Knowshon Moreno's fumble.
See? There we go.
The story of Denver's 27-21 loss (Gamebook) was going to be Peyton Manning's three early interceptions, but the defense held Atlanta to just 10 points following those inexcusable gaffes.
From there, the Ginger Hammer's so-called "competent" replacement officials took over.
Good Evening, Broncos fans! Ron Jaworksi and Mike Ditka are siding with coach Greg Schiano regarding the end of the Giants/Tampa Bay game yesterday, when the Bucs defensive line crashed through with the Giants in victory formation.
But Will Brinson explains why Schiano is full of it when he says it's all about playing hard 100% of the time; or at least, the new NFL coach doesn't practice what he's preaching.
To wit, Schiano's team didn't try its hardest when the G-Men knelt to end the first half, and Schiano did not use all of his timeouts at the end of the game.
Good Morning, Broncos fans! It was a Sunday of lopsided games for Denver's AFC West brethren.
Dante Rosario, who caught seven passes for zero touchdowns last year for Denver, caught three touchdown passes from Philip Rivers, as the Chargers punished Tennessee 38-10 despite the absence of Antonio Gates and Ryan Mathews. San Diego is now 2-0 and atop the AFC West, although they've gotten there by beating the lowly Raiders and Titans; they will host Atlanta next.
Oakland got the snot kicked out of them in Miami, as Reggie Bush piled on 197 yards from scrimmage and two scores to help Ryan Tannehill to his first NFL win, 35-13. The rookie QB ran for a TD and threw for another.
Kansas City got drubbed by the Bills 35-17, with the Chiefs scoring two fourth-quarter touchdowns to primp up the pig. C.J. Spiller performed like Bush did, amassing 170 yards from scrimmage for two touchdowns, but on 18 touches to Reggie's 29.
Good Morning, Broncos fans! Chris Harris and Philip Blake are listed as questionable for tomorrow night's game in Atlanta, while Demaryius Thomas and Manny Ramirez are listed as probable after practicing in full all week.
Atlanta also listed two players as questionable: T Tyson Clabo and LB Sean Witherspoon; WR Roddy White and LB Robert James are probable.
Andrew Mason expects the injury to Ty Warren will result in Sealver Siliga playing for as much as 10 or 20 snaps, and he thinks the absence of Falcons CB Brent Grimes will prompt Peyton Manning to target new Atlanta nickel corner Christopher Owens.
Kevin Vickerson will start in Warren's old spot after packing on 45 pounds during the offseason, with help from a personal chef.