Another standup performance from Kellen Winslow

Happy Friday, Broncos fans! Mike Adams was upgraded to a full participant on Thursday, as Denver's entire 53-man roster put in a full day's work.

Tom Brady, CB Kyle Arrington, and LS Danny Aiken were improved enough to be removed from the injury report altogether.

Brady downplayed the illness that sent him home on Wednesday, saying he felt great on Thursday. 

Punter Ryan Allen and four others remained limited, while another foursome was upgraded to full participation.

It's unclear whether WR Aaron Dobson will return from a foot injury that kept him out of last week's game against the Colts, but he does say his condition is improving.

The Patriots will fly to Denver later today, to help acclimate to the time zone change.

Broncos News

Videos: BTV on Thursday's practice; John Fox, Jack Del Rio, Adam Gase, Peyton Manning, Knowshon Moreno, Demaryius Thomas, Shaun Phillips, and several others speak afterward; NFL Films previews the matchup and looks back at Manning/Brady over the years.

John Elway loves Adam Gase's aggressive playcalling, and of course appreciates that Gase hasn't yet taken any interviews for head gigs.

ROFer and two-time SB champ Rod Smith will be an honorary captain on Sunday.

Peyton Manning drives to games each Sunday with Eric Decker and Jacob Tamme in tow.

John Lynch says the large number of Steelers fans at the 2005 title game threw the Broncos for a bit of a loop.

Although they were annoyed by some of the attention their reality show brought them, Eric Decker and Jessie James still did a spread for GQ.

Broncos Analysis

Andrew Mason thinks John Elway's steady hand has keyed the Broncos' ability to overcome so much adversity this season.

According to PFF's grades, Terrance Knighton has been one of the league's most well rounded tackles (figuratively speaking).

Chuck Culpepper imagines the unimaginable pain that would be another pre-SB exit for the Broncos.

Eddie Pells revisits Josh McDaniels's legacy in Denver.

Paul Lukas studies Wes Welker's new helmet for clues as to why it looks so gigantic.

Manning/Brady 15

John Elway isn't sure whether Peyton Manning will be back next year if the Broncos go all the way, but he sure as hell expects him to be.

Matt McCarthy wonders whether the stem cell injection Peyton got in his neck helped along his comeback.

Long reads from ESPN: several of the quarterbacks' centers explain what it was/is like to snap to the two legends; what if the two men had traded places?

Reggie Rivers and Brandon Stokley explain what makes the two QBs so great.

USA Today's football staff discuss the standing of Manning/Brady atop the great QB rivalries.

David Ramsey and Dan Shaughnessy liken Manning's burden of expectations to the one carried around by the great Wilt Chamberlain.

A group of Omaha businesses will donate $500 to Manning's charity for every time he says the name of their city at the LOS; Big Sandy considers what else Peyton should endorse.


If the Broncos win on Sunday, it will be Tom Brady's first loss to a Jack Del Rio-led defense.

Matt Chatham says one of New England's biggest challenges will be accounting for Julius Thomas, who did not play in Week 12.

Mike Klis discusses some of the twists Bill Belichick has thrown Manning's way.

Ron Cook on whether Belichick/Brady are the greatest coach/QB pairing of all time; they'd get our vote.


The Jets extended Rex Ryan through at least 2016, but his salary isn't fully guaranteed beyond 2015; TE Kellen Winslow is accused of masturbating in his Escalade in a Target parking lot; former GM Mike Tannenbaum finally admits that trading for Tim Tebow was a mistake.

Cleveland will interview Dallas ST coach Rich Bisaccia for their head gig; there's talk that Jim Tressel will join Jim Caldwell's staff in Detroit.

DeAngelo Hall says the Washington franchise "probably should" change its blatantly racist name.

Title Game Previews

Both games: Burke/FarrarBenjamin Hoffman, Peter King, and Drew Magary; Broncos/Patriots: PFF, ESPN; Seahawks/Niners: PFF and Chase Stuart.

All-22: Matt Bowen studies the matchups and the greatness of Seattle's secondaryChris Brown on the Seattle defense; Cian Fahey on LeGarrette Blount and Montee Ball; Doug Farrar on Seattle DT Brandon Mebane.


With marijuana use legal in the two states hosting Sunday's games, Robert Klemko provides an excellent window into how many players might smoke it, and why they find it to be a medical necessity.

Rick Paulas dives into the complicated relationship between Jay Cutler, the Bears, and their fans.

Doug is IAOFM’s resident newsman and spelling czar. Follow him on Twitter @IAOFM

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