Broncos hope to have Champ, Irving for Sunday night

Good Morning, Broncos fans! In the MRSA/Bullies showdown Monday night, the Schiano Men got off the schneid with a 22-19 victory at home.

The Bucs (1-8) and Dolphins (4-5) combined for 477 yards (the Broncos average 459 per game), 335 of them through the air (Denver averages 353).

Tampa Bay blew a 15-0 lead but scored the go-ahead touchdown on an 80-yard fourth-quarter drive and held on for their first win of the year.

Unfortunately, the Bucs lost another running back, as Mike James suffered a fractured ankle on the game's opening drive after gashing the Dolphins for 41 yards on five carries. Tampa Bay had placed their top back, Doug Martin, on IR last week.

Doug Farrar and Ben Stockwell break down the game.


Jonathan Martin is expected this week to explain in a video statement the reasons for his departure from the Dolphins.

Team owner Stephen Ross says he will meet with Martin tomorrow and has established an independent advisory panel to look into the team's locker room culture. The panel will include Don Shula, Dan Marino, Jason Taylor, Tony Dungy, and Curtis Martin.

Dolphins players reportedly fined Martin multiple times for "being soft."

Mike Silver maintains that GM Jeff Ireland is on his way out of Miami, while Ashley Fox thinks coach Joe Philbin may be soon to follow.

Veteran players across the league say the mess in Miami is all about a lack of leadership, and that they've never experienced anything like it.

Les Carpenter also thinks the Dolphins are in their current position due to a leadership void, and he says hazing around the league doesn't compare to what happened in Miami.


Videos: Jack Del Rio speaks with the press; BTV on the preparation for the Chiefs.

The Broncos reportedly think Champ Bailey will be back this week; Nate Irving's MRI showed no serious damage, and there's a chance he'll play Sunday night.

The physical toll exacted on Peyton Manning means Brock Osweiler figures to see some practice time with the starters this week.

As Joan Niesen details, Peyton Manning has been throwing more short passes since having suffered his high ankle sprain.

Matt Bowen breaks down the tunnel screen on which Demaryius Thomas scored his 34-yard touchdown.

Benjamin Hochman says the defense is doing just fine, thanks, and improving.


Keith Goldner attacks the low-hanging fruit that is the stupidity of Jim Nantz and Phil Simms.

It could just be how this article was written, but it seems like the Chargers think Sunday's loss was more about their own mistakes than the Broncos being a far superior team.  


Ryan Succop's three FG misses have all come from beyond 50 yards, and he's generated lots of touchbacks despite playing at sea level.

Sam Mellinger sees ways for the Chiefs to beat the Broncos, specifically their vaunted pass rush and tough secondary. But that defense will have to score points, if KC is to pull off the upset.

Mellinger thinks the Broncos showed less on offense against the Chargers (hard to believe) and were adjusting to playing for a new head coach (perhaps).


Gary Kubiak was back at the Texans' team facility on Monday and plans to coach the team this week against Oakland.

Green Bay brought back QB Matt Flynn and will work out John Skelton today; Philly will reportedly sign WR/QB Brad Smith.

Seattle activated WR Percy Harvin from their PUP list; Titans QB Jake Locker (foot) is done for the year; Chicago placed CB Charles Tillman (triceps) on short-term IR and will be without Jay Cutler (ankle) for their upcoming game against Baltimore; Cowboys linebackers Sean Lee and Justin Durant (hamstrings) will miss 3-4 weeks.


PFF's best (Von Miller, honorable mention for Demaryius Thomas) and worst players of Week 10.

All-22 analysis: Doug Farrar explains how the Rams have started to maximize Tavon Austin's potential; Matt Waldman studies the efficiency of Cards defensive back Tyrann Mathieu.

Mike Tanier discusses the awfulness of Washington's special teams, as led by old friend Keith Burns.

Christmas Ape interprets PK's MMQB column.


Chase Stuart starts to examine the developing playoff picture and compares the schedules of the NFCE teams.

According to Sterling Xie, teams that sustain success after comeback-filled seasons tend to have great quarterbacks.

According to DYAR, Peyton Manning was Week 10's sixth best quarterback, while Demaryius Thomas was fourth best among receivers.

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