Better late than never ? (probably not)

Good Evening, Broncos fans! Not sure what took me so long, but I finally came up with a workaround for my computer issue. I disabled the trackpad and am instead using a trackball.

Why not just buy a new laptop, given how important it is to writing this here column, you ask? Well, I've been planning for some time to do just that, but am waiting on pins and needles for the next MacBook Pro to come out.

Anyway, most all of what I'm about to link is probably definitely old news to you (just kidding, there's some recent stuff), but what the hell. You all know I'm a bit OCD, so this MUST BE DONE.

Broncos

Videos: John Fox addresses the media on Monday; Tom Nalen's halftime induction to the ROF.

Some Eagles defenders apparently yelled "Papa John's" during audibles by Peyton Manning in a futile attempt to disrupt him.

John Fox shot down rumors that Jack Del Rio was in LA to discuss the USC job on Sunday night; Gil Brandt thinks Del Rio will take the USC head gig after Denver's season is over.

Knowshon Moreno celebrated his touchdown run with a little Rock/Paper/Scissors.

Because their record was worse at the time, Denver beat out Indy for the right to claim Trindon Holliday off waivers from Houston last year.

Dave Krieger sums up the win; Andrew Mason revisits his three keys to the game; Paul Klee says the Chiefs' 4-0 record will help keep the Broncos focused.

Cowboys

Jason Garrett is hoping to have WR Miles Austin (hamstring) back for Sunday's game against Denver.

Brian Waters has apparently earned his way into the starting lineup at right guard.

AFCW

The Broncos remain tied for first place in the AFCW with the Chiefs (4-0), who whipped the Giants (0-4) by a 31-7 margin; although they started their regression to the mean with three turnovers, they balanced those out with three takeaways of Eli Manning and three Alex Smith touchdown passes.

San Diego (2-2) won 31-20 at Dallas (2-2) thanks to 401 yards and three touchdowns by Philip Rivers, who is second only to Peyton Manning in almost every major passing category. Obviously the 2-2 record and Denver's 4-0 record factor, but were it not for Peyton, Rivers would be the individual story of this early season.

Oakland (1-3) jumped out to a 14-0 lead over Washington (1-3), but the visitors responded with 24 unanswered points in a 24-14 final.

Sunday's Raiders/Chargers game has been pushed back seven hours and will be shown on NFLN, to accomodate for an A's/Tigers playoff game. Texans/Niners is the regular SNF game.

AFC

New England (4-0) defeated the host Falcons (1-3) 30-23, but as noted earlier, the win cost them NT Vince Wilfork for the season.

Indy (3-1) unloaded on the host Jaguars (0-4) in a 37-3 win but lost first-round DE Bjorn Werner for 4-6 weeks to a torn plantar fascia, which should keep him out of the Week 7 game against Denver.

Houston (2-2) blew a 20-3 halftime lead in a 23-20 overtime loss to the visiting Seahawks (4-0). A pick-six of Matt Schaub by Richard Sherman led the way and prompted a Texans fan to buy a Schaub jersey and burn it in the parking lot.

It may be time to declare Cincy's (2-2) status as a contender a bit questionable, as a week after they escaped a four-turnover performance against Green Bay last week, they lost 17-6 to the Browns (2-2). Cleveland has now won two straight games with Brian Hoyer at QB and following the trade of Trent Richardson.

Tennessee (3-1) crushed the upstart Jets (2-2) 38-13 on the strength of four turnovers of Geno Smith (which they turned into 28 points) but lost QB Jake Locker to hip and knee injuries which may cost him 4-8 weeks. The Titans host the Chiefs on Sunday and figure to have Ryan Fitzpatrick starting in place of Locker.

Buffalo (2-2) picked off Joe Flacco five times in its 23-20 defeat of Baltimore (2-2), which Ray Lewis will surely tell us was caused by his own absence. John Harbaugh helped torpedo his team's chances with a Marvin Lewis-like decision to kick a chip shot field goal down six.

Pittsburgh is (0-4) for the first time since 1968 after losing 34-27 in London to Minnesota (1-3). The Steelers had 29 first downs to just 16 by the Vikings, but this is partly explained by a 2-0 turnover margin and Minnesota scores of 70 and 60 yards.

NFC

Detroit (3-1) forced four turnovers by Jay Cutler to key a 40-32 win over Chicago (3-1).

Arizona (2-2) came back for a 13-10 win over the Bucs (0-4) with 13 fourth-quarter points to spoil Mike Glennon's first NFL start. PFT Commenter has some suggestions for how Greg Schiano can right his sinking ship.

News

Word has leaked that benched Bucs QB Josh Freeman is in Stage 1 of the NFL's drug program over a prescription medication he's since gotten approval for. Of course, this information is supposed to be confidential...

Butt Fumble elected to have season-ending shoulder surgery; the Zombies in Jacksonville flew their Tebow banner over the Jags/Colts game.

Seattle tackle Breno Giacomini had his knee scoped Monday; Cleveland claimed RB/KR Fozzy Whittaker off waivers from San Diego.

Three-time AFC title game loser Bernie Kosar was arrested on suspicion of DUI in Cleveland.

Analysis

Pro Football Focus, Andy BenoitDon Banks, the Football Outsiders, and John Clayton break down Sunday's action.

Here are the advanced stats for yesterday's games and the season to this point, as provided by Brian Burke.

Mike Silver still has Denver behind Seattle in his power rankings.

Rivers McCown discusses the No Females League's atrocious bag policy.

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

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