Brooking over Mays, Hallelujah! Lard

Good Morning, Broncos fans! If there's been one figure who's received our scorn more than others in recent weeks, it's middle linebacker Joe Mays.

The hard hitter, who has displayed a laudable dose of humility and self-awareness when it comes to his misreads and missed tackles, has had a rough year. He's struggled in both coverage and against the run (his strong suit), especially during his last two games (against Houston and New England).

Denver's coaches have apparently seen the same issues.

As Doc had called for two weeks ago, it appears the Broncos will start Keith Brooking in place of Mays tomorrow night. Brooking had been working primarily at Will - splitting time there with Wesley Woodyard - but this week, he shifted to his more familiar Mike spot, working ahead of Mays. Needless to say, we applaud the decision.

Broncos

Denver re-signed safety Duke Ihenacho to their practice squad, where he replaced Jamie Blatnick.

Malik Jackson tells LJ he was raised in a football-obsessed family, and that he plans to work on finishing his degree next offseason.

BTV: the talk at Dove Valley continues to be about the defense getting off the field on third down.

Andrew Mason previews the matchup and predicts a Denver victory.

Mike Klis is the latest to suggest future Denver opponents could start copying New England's pace, but that's just silly. The Pats have been working on their one-word calls since last season, and apparently did not become comfortable with them until very recently.

Mark Kiszla talks tough, trying to pin the blame for Denver's record on John Fox, Demaryius Thomas, and Elvis Dumervil. Meanwhile, one of his readers hilariously thinks nobody's talking about the defense's third-down struggles. Not sure what world that dude is living in.

Denver getting 1.5 points is the most popular pick in the LVH SuperContest.

Chargers

Norv Turner had his team practice with simulated crowd noise in order to help them prepare to face PMFM's no-huddle offense.

The storyline out of San Diego, at least according to Bill Williamson, is that the Chargers defense has stepped up in a big way this season. Reality, is their three wins have come against Oakland, Kansas City, and Tennessee, who are all in the NFL's bottom nine in points per game. They've given up 58 points to the Falcons and Saints.

Dan McLellan expects the Chargers to have Antonio Gates help rookie Mike Harris (who's likely to start at LT in place of the injured Jared Gaither) try to block Von Miller, and he predicts a San Diego victory.

Tomorrow will mark the first meeting of former Saints teammates Tracy Porter and Robert Meachem.

San Diego WR Malcom Floyd is apparently a really good dude, in large part because his mother is an absolutely remarkable human being.

Six home Chargers games have been blacked out in the past three years, and the cost of attending their games is the seventh-highest in the league.

Trimmings

Bucs CB Aqib Talib was again suspended by the league, this time four games for Adderall use; TE Aaron Hernandez is expected to play today for New England; Buffalo promoted two players from their practice squad to help cover for injuries.

It's Brady Quinn Time for the Chiefs in Tampa Bay, and Sam Mellinger says the team's QB problems are bigger than their ridiculous amount of turnovers.

Reggie Wayne overcame some severe cramping during his prolific Week 5 performance; incredibly, Wayne blames soda for his condition. Do NFL teams really permit their players to drink soda during games? Or, is that what Wayne drinks pre-game?

A scoring change on a Pittsburgh touchdown from last week was made on Wednesday, altering the FF records of many thousands of leagues.

Colts interim coach Bruce Arians, who also coached Peyton Manning at the beginning of his career, says Andrew Luck is undoubtedly further along at this point than was Peyton. The numbers very strongly support that case.

In his Week 6 notes, Pat Kirwan points out that New Orleans's pass rush got Philip Rivers five times last week despite not being very good; Matt Bowen analyzes the Cover-1 blitz Pete Carroll has his Seahawks employ.

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

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