A must-win game already?! Lard 9-18-10

Good Morning, Broncos fans! The injury outlook is somewhat better than it was yesterday, as only Ryan Harris and Darcel McBath are listed as out. Chris Kuper again missed practice yet is listed as questionable, along with Wes Woodyard who was limited in practice. Eddie Royal and Demaryius Thomas both practiced and are listed as probable, so it seems a safe bet we’ll see DT’s NFL debut on Sunday. Fortunately, the Broncos are facing a Sea Chickens team with an O-Line that’s been disrupted just as much by injury. So, if Denver can find that missing pass rush, it could be a long day for both QBs. Meanwhile, Laurence Maroney spoke with reporters for the first time since being traded.

Broncos/Sea Chickens

DP - The Broncos will not only see a couple of recent teammates tomorrow in Ben Hamilton and Tyler Polumbus, but the same zone-block system they used to employ themselves, as Alex Gibbs installed it this summer before his reported falling out with Mr. Bubble Screen Seattle OC Jeremy Bates.

DP - LJ thinks Matt Willis is the likely odd-man out tomorrow with DT’s looming return. Plus, Ryan Face Mask McBean was fined for the first of his two infractions by the league. More on the O-Line from Legwold.

Although he had a good game last week, CHFF doesn’t think we have much to fear in Matt Hasselbeck. Of course, the same probably was said of David Garrard last week…


Kevin Acee compares the fourth-down aggressiveness of Jack Del Rio (strong) with Norv Turner’s (weak), and somehow thinks the way to measure their success in this category is by their Win/Loss records. Casually, he slips the information that really matters in at the end - both have been extremely successful when they’ve shown the cojones to go for it (~58%).

Nick Canepa thinks the critics should stop picking on his boy Phil.

Jokeland is pretty banged up for tomorrow’s matchup with the Lambs. Oh, and their fans still suck (blackout).

Sounds like the Chefs will be facing Seneca Wallace rather than Jake Delhomme tomorrow. Adam Teicher writes up the Chefs’ young safeties.

Other Stuff

Mike Lombardi is convinced that Seattle is severely lacking in the talent, while he is very impressed by Brandon Lloyd.

Pat Kirwan looks at what teams can do to improve heading into Week 2.

Andrew Brandt checks out the Vincent Jackson situation and Vernon Davis’ new deal.

Peter King has some love for Todd Haley and the Chefs and is concerned by Phil Rivers’ behavior. Thankfully, he’s abandoned the Tebow stats predictions, at least for this week.

Here’s Bill Simmons’ Week 2 preview and what he learned from the openers. In his weekly picks, he thinks the Broncos are going to cover their 3.5-point advantage.

Mike Tanier is also taking the Broncos, and he thinks Laurence Maroney is going to “endear” himself to McD just as much as he did with Belichick.

FO reviews the week in quotes

CHFF looks back on their analysis of last year’s opening week to see how their analysis panned out.

Alan Schwarz shares the results of a study on college football that shows more hits to the head occur in practice than in games.

Ravens LB Sergio Kindle is likely done for the year, and perhaps for his career, due to his fractured skull.

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