Broncos face Walton decision today

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Thankfully, John Fox's aortic valve replacement is said to have gone well yesterday.

Naturally, everyone at Dove Valley says the team won't miss a beat with Jack Del Rio leading the way, but there's only one way to find out.

The reputedly highly-organized JDR will continue to coordinate the defense and call plays while serving as the interim head coach.

Meanwhile, down in Houston, it's suspected that Gary Kubiak may have suffered a so-called "mini-stroke."

Thankfully, Kubes has reportedly been released from the hospital and is expected to return to the Texans after missing their upcoming game.

John Elway, who has substantial ties to both men, is reminded of the stress his own football coach father, Jack, endured during his all-too-short lifetime.

Broncos

Videos: John Elway, Jack Del Rio, and several players speak about Del Rio taking over for Fox.

Denver faces a key roster decision today, when it must either activate J.D. Walton from the PUP list or place him on season-ending IR; he did practice on Monday, while Champ Bailey, Knowshon Moreno, Orlando Franklin, Julius Thomas, Joel Dreessen, and John Moffitt did not.

Of course, the team could always activate Walton and choose to place him on IR later on; the only cost would be cutting someone else (like Adrian Robinson) now.

Mark Kiszla thinks the choice of Del Rio was a wise one.

Chargers

Mike McCoy says he has no tolerance for hazing, and of course, has kind words for John Fox.

CB Derek Cox, who has graded out at a woeful -6.6 this season according to PFF, was benched during the second half of San Diego's loss to Washington.

San Diego enjoyed an easy slate in the first half, but will face a tough schedule the rest of the way.

News

Chicago (5-3) and Josh McCown (272 yards, two touchdowns) handed Green Bay (5-3) a costly 27-20 loss; Aaron Rodgers left after suffering a fractured collarbone on the first series, and could miss three weeks, or even be done for the season. It's thought that Seneca Wallace may start for the Packers next week against Philly; Jay Cutler expects to return in time to face the Lions on Sunday.

San Francisco waived CB Nnamdi Asomugha and activated WR Mario Manningham and CB Eric Wright; Arizona cut seventh-round rookie TE D.C. Jefferson after his recent hit-and-run DUI arrest.

Like Cutler, Buffalo QB E.J. Manuel has been medically cleared to return; Minnesota will lose TE Kyle Rudolph (fractured foot) for as long as a month.

A second man was found guilty of second-degree murder in the slaying of Washington safety Sean Taylor; another had already pleaded guilty, while two others await trial.

Richie Incognito

Miami has reportedly decided to cut Richie Incognito, presumably once they figure out when/how that will cost them the least amount of money.

The NFL launched its investigation of the Martin/Incognito situation, while the Dolphins continue to deny, deny, deny.

Richie, who is a Junior, apparently didn't fall terribly far from the tree.

The Dolphins' choice of Incognito to discuss fan behavior in a stadium PSA highights the tone-deafness of the organization.

Incognito has apparently been known as a bully since at least as far back as his freshman year at Nebraska, and those who know him well, including Giants kicker Josh Brown, aren't surprised by the latest allegations.

Yup, part of the NFL's good ole boy network thinks some of the blame lies with Jonathan Martin.

Analysis

Judy Battista says next week's game against Denver is the Chiefs' deadline to show they're more than a team riding a string of good fortune.

It's great to see Ron Rivera lauded for his newfound mindset when facing fourth-and-one situations, but it shouldn't really be characterized as "gambling" or "risk-taking." Now, Marc Trestman's choice to go for it on fourth-and-one from the minus 32 last night? That was a bold decision, for sure.

Bill Barnwell says Rivera's decisions and Cam Newton's play have keyed Carolina's impressive four-game winning streak.

Matt Waldman continues his in-depth study of Robert Griffin III's struggles, including a few more plays against Denver from Week 8.

Mike Tanier explains why it's tiring to impersonate noted dickhead Greg Schiano with a parody Twitter account.

Chris Burke highlights the biggest storylines of the season's first half; 

PFT Commenter explains quite well how to be a racist troll on football sites.

Maths

Incredibly, Tampa Bay has blown three games this season during which they had achieved a 0.95 Win Probability.

Denver remains atop the league in terms of PFR's Simple Rating System (SRS).

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

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