Brandon Browner vs the NFL: Who ya got?

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Having arrived with his own theme song, Jeremy Mincey practiced with the team for the first time on Wednesday.

The 6-4, 265-pound end says he chose the Broncos over offers from the Cowboys and Saints, and of course, his familiarity with Jack Del Rio and Terrance Knighton factored.

Mincey admits that playing for a cellar dweller like Jacksonville left him unmotivated, and claims that joining the AFC overdogs will light his fire.

We'll just have to see about that, though, right?

Kayvon Webster, Wes Welker, and Derek Wolfe did not practice, but all others were listed as full participants; nine Texans did not practice, while two others were limited.

Broncos

Videos: BTV on Wednesday's practice; John Fox, Peyton Manning, Jeremy Mincey, and several others speak afterward; Peyton Manning sits down with Peter King to discuss his Sportsman award.

Fox says Manning is clearly the league's MVP, but of course, Peyton doesn't want to talk about that right now.

Thinking of the effects from his own concussions, Floyd Little thinks Wes Welker needs to continue to rest up. FWIW, Fox says Welker is day-to-day.

Paul Klee reminds us that things are never that bad for Denver, as long as they have Peyton Manning.

Jeff Legwold and Tania Ganguli predict Denver will win big on Sunday.

Mark Kiszla sees a Broncos team not resting upon any laurels, 

Texans

Houston will start Matt Schaub at QB on Sunday, may again start Ryan Griffin over Garrett Graham at TE, and they placed RB Ben Tate on IR.

Wade Phillips thinks flopping by offensive players this season has PI calls on the rise.

Guard Brandon Brooks has been one of the few bright spots for Houston this season.

The Texans are 3-16 against Peyton Manning, but of course, they beat his Broncos last season, when J.J. Watt had a monster game.

News

The FCC has finally proposed an end to archaic (and cruel, especially to fans who can't afford ludicrous ticket prices) blackout rules in all sports. This would be a wonderful development for fans.

If a big snowstorm is in the forecast for SB Sunday, the NFL is preparing for the possibility of playing the game that Saturday, Monday, or Tuesday.

Seattle CB Brandon Browner lost his suspension appeal, and apparently plans to sue the NFL, just as we'd hoped he would. Should be some good times. Now, as for Browner's agent likening his situation to a war with bloodshed, that's f#$%ing obnoxious. (All sport = war analogies are abhorrent.)

Miami claimed CB Chris Owens off waivers from Cleveland, and will get to face a Buffalo team without E.J. Manuel and Stevie Johnson on Sunday.

Jacksonville center Brad Meester will retire after 14 seasons; Washington LB London Fletcher is leaning toward doing the same, after 16 seasons.

Shanny/RG3

There was quite a bit of blowback from the Jason Cole story we led with yesterday, as sources in Washington and down at Baylor came to RG3's defense. So, who was Cole's source? Shanny?

Washington claimed J.D. Walton off waivers from Denver.

Chris Brown thinks Griffin will eventually overcome his struggles from this season, but says Mini Shanny's schemes haven't done him any favors.

Coaching Carousel

Remember how Jon Gruden was definitely staying at ESPN last week? Now there's word he's interested in the Longhorns job.

Don Banks thinks now's a perfect time for Tom Coughlin to call it a career in New Jersey.

Analysis

All-22: Andy Benoit on the Cardinals; Robert Mays on Cincy lineman Andrew Whitworth; Sam Monson on Oakland FB Marcel Reese; Matt Bowen on Chicago WR Alshon Jeffery, plus a look back at Week 15.

Bill Barnwell provides his offseason blueprint for the Rams.

Gil Brandt discusses the struggles of several high-profile second-year players, including Griffin and Trent Richardson.

KSK meme-ifies Week 15 and takes down the awful Dan Shaughnessy, plus a great sketch to represent Denver's opening night demolition of Baltimore.

Maths

Because they're playing on the road, Denver is only the fifth biggest favorite according to Brian Burke's efficiency data.

Chase Stuart says the Chargers won because they scored a lot of points, not because they possessed the ball for a long time, and he reminds us that the Dallas defense deserves more blame than does Tony Romo.

According to Keith Goldner's NEP, Peyton Manning is still #1 among QBs by a mile, Knowshon Moreno has been surpassed by Jamaal Charles, and Demaryius Thomas is down to #5 among receivers.

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

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