Bucs to bench Freeman in favor of Glennon

Good Morning, Broncos fans! It's kind of strange to see/hear John Fox and Peyton Manning's mild complaints about coming off a short week to face the Eagles, who last played on Thursday night.

It's not much unlike that buddy with the single-digit handicap who lets you know about his sore wrist as you're driving to the golf course.

Then again, when Fox and Manning offer a unified message, there's usually good reason. In this case, perhaps it's a way to keep the guys motivated and not taking things for granted.

Hey guys, everyone says we're amazing, but we're facing a team that has four extra days' worth of rest on us. The schedule makers want us to lose!

Of course, as we've mentioned several times already, Denver has received several gifts from those same schedule makers, not the least of which was starting the season off at home on a Thursday.

There's also the lack of early East Coast kickoffs, the bye placed right in the middle of the season, and getting to stay home for each end of their Sunday/Thursday short week in December.

If this week is the worst hand the Broncos have been dealt this year, then really, they have a lot for which to be grateful.

Broncos News

Videos: John Fox meets with the press; BTV on the emergence of Nate IrvingKevin Vickerson and Zane Beadles were mic'ed up on Monday.

Champ Bailey and Joel Dreessen might make their season debuts on Sunday, while Tony Carter's ankle injury - along with the injuries to Duke Ihenacho and Paris Lenon - are not considered to be serious.

Obviously, Peyton says there are plenty of mistakes to be cleaned up, as did Fox and Chris Harris.

It shouldn't surprise that Fox says Rock/Paper/Scissors didn't factor into Ronnie Hillman getting the ball at the Oakland one-yard line, lest he embarrass the Raiders and his old assistant Dennis Allen.

Wes Welker and Julius Thomas joined Saints TE Jimmy Graham as the only players in the league with touchdown receptions in each of the season's first three weeks.

Broncos Analysis

With the Eagles coming to town, Lindsay Jones considers what may be a torrid pace to Sunday's game.

Sly Williams has only played 44 snaps through three games, and hasn't had much impact, if any.

Joan Niesen discusses the ridiculous numbers being put up by the Denver offense.

Jeff Legwold thinks continuity is helping Robert Ayers thrive, and he continues to hammer at Denver's too-frequent fumbles.

Shannon Sharpe claims he never doubted whether Peyton Manning could return to peak form, but it's obviously easy to say that now.

Eagles

Chip Kelly is trying to convince his guys that the Mile High altitude won't be a factor Sunday, and good luck with that one.

Eagles LT Jason Peters has been playing with a dislocated finger since the opener.

So far, Philly's offense is keeping pace with Denver's relative to yards, but when it comes to points, it's not even close.

A couple Eagles defenders know what it's like to beat Peyton's team.

Jeff McLane explains how the Eagles came up with their five sacks of KC's Alex Smith last week.

Greg Cosell's breakdown of Chiefs/Eagles makes it sound like Denver should have no trouble with either squad.

The Eagles' last two visits to Denver got off to brutal starts for them.

News

Tampa Bay's Greg Schiano, the biggest clown among current NFL coaches, has decided to bench QB Josh Freeman in favor of rookie Mike Glennon, who looks too skinny to play college basketball, never mind NFL football. The Bucs are also said to be willing to trade Freeman, but he's also about to hit unrestricted free agency.

Alarmingly, the concussed Terrelle Pryor says he remembers very little of Monday's game; the NFLPA will reportedly investigate whether the Raiders followed proper protocol in keeping Pryor in the game after the devastating fourth-quarter hit by Wesley Woodyard.

Sadly, Raiders corner Tracy Porter also suffered a concussion on Monday; Broncos fans will recall that Porter endured some frightening health issues last year.

Tampa Bay again signed old friend Spencer LarsenKansas City waived LB Josh Martin and promoted G Rishaw Johnson from their PS; the Giants signed FB John ConnerArizona lost LB Alex Okafor for the season with a torn biceps tendon; Cincy re-signed S Chris Crocker.

In response to the NFL's laughable lawsuit against her, singer M.I.A. discusses the league's ridiculous take on what is offensive. 

Analysis

Bucky Brooks discusses what has the Colts offense humming through three weeks; Sam Monson explains how the Packers contained Geno Atkins on Sunday; Chase Stuart on the all-encompassing struggles of the 49ers.

Scott Kacsmar chronicles the week's comeback attempts.

Maths

Cade Massey's latest NFL study says the draft is a total crap shoot; it's kind of hard to argue with that, when guys like Chris Harris and Wes Welker aren't invited to the combine (even less drafted), and Richard Sherman lasts until the fifth round.

Stuart looks back at teams to have been favorites or underdogs for all 16 of their regular season games, including the 1998 Broncos. At this point, there's no reason to think this year's squad won't join that list.

FO's DVOA and DAVE say the Seahawks and Broncos are far better than the rest of the league and have a real chance to go undefeated.

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

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