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Good Morning, Broncos fans! After 134 games as New England's starting center, Dan Koppen will be making his Broncos starting debut against his old mates.

But the transition to Koppen from J.D. Walton may not be as difficult as one might expect.

After all, Koppen is well-versed in Josh McDaniels's offense (much of which Mike McCoy still uses in Denver), and he also has loads of experience in operating sans huddle. Of course, the real question is, how familiar is Koppen with the Peyton Manning offense?

And as Sacco & Co. want us to know, all Koppen does is win. So what's there to worry about?


John Fox (video) spoke to the press yesterday; he says the plan on the fake field goal was for Matt Prater to run for the first down, and certainly not to throw to Zane Beadles.

Virgil Green says his four-week suspension was spent working out, playing Madden, watching SportsCenter, and agonizing through watching Denver's games rather than playing in them.

Joe Mays is also happy to be back after atypically spending a game week with his family, but he says his suspension will not alter the way he plays. At the same time, he acknowledges having been fortunate to not have been docked a game check on top of his one-game ban.

Jeff Legwold explains to a reader that the Denver defense uses plenty of three-man fronts, and he details their use of seven defensive backs at times on Sunday.

PFF's grades from Sunday are out; nobody on Denver's offense graded out in the red, although new center Dan Koppen finished at -0.1; Khaled Elsayed credits Peyton Manning, Elvis Dumervil, Willis McGahee, the pass rush, and the offensive line as leading the way to victory.

Peter Richmond celebrates the pace of the offense as run by Peyton Manning, and the 2-hour, 55-minute game time.


Tom Brady had some choice words on Sunday for Bills fans, who responded by hanging and burning him in effigy.

Steve Palazzolo breaks down New England's thrashing of the Bills, seeing dominance from LB Brandon Spikes and the rushing attack, but struggles with the Pats pass defense and pass rush.

Still, the Pats defense forced six turnovers on Sunday; here's a breakdown of how each one occurred.

The Pats are getting an early start on studying tape of Peyton & Co.; Bill Belichick sees plenty of similarities to Manning's Indy offense. It will be Peyton's 20th time facing the Pats.

New England is getting plenty of hefty contributions from some young and versatile backups.

No word yet on the availability this week of TE Aaron Hernandez, who did not practice or play last week due to an ankle injury. Meanwhile, Legwold says Rob Gronkowski's mildly slow start is very similar to his 2011 campaign.

This photo explains perfectly why we'll always be Brandon Lloyd fans - acrobatic catches and big smiles.


Chicago drubbed Dallas 34-18 as Tony Romo threw five picks - two of them for scores - and was yanked for one Kyle Orton. Jay Cutler threw two TD passes, one of them to Brandon Marshall. In typical Catler form, he reminded America that he's a dick by blowing off OC Mike Tice on the sideline. Matt BowenDoug Farrar, and Ben Stockwell analyze the game.

San Diego signed veteran CB Chris Carr and is considering placing kicker Nate Kaeding on IR for the second consecutive year; Romeo Crennel says he's sticking with Matt Cassel at QB for now, but that old friend Brady Quinn could see some action against the Ravens this week.

Wow, so Panthers coach Ron Rivera chose to punt on fourth-and-one from the Atlanta 45 on Sunday, and the ensuing drive was the game-winner for the Falcons. Obviously, the numbers do not support Rivera's decision.

Our thoughts go out to Colts coach Chuck Pagano, who has been diagnosed with an acute form of leukemia.


Chase Stuart presents some excellent data in graphic form to show the typical outcomes of different types of offensive fumbles, plus an analysis of the small sample of other fumbles.

Doug Farrar hits up the All-22 to detail the greatness of Texans DE J.J. Watt, as if we didn't see enough of that in Week 3; Mike Tanier breaks down the failing final drive by Eli & Co. Sundy night, and the successful one by RGIII & Co.

From Christmas Ape, the best moments from Sunday - including Brian Dawkins's awesome introduction at the Linc - and an interpretation of PK's MMQB.


John Elway stands with the 53%, while Woody Johnson would rather have Romney/Ryan win than the Jets. Umm, Woody...

As expected, Chris Kluwe completely dismantles ex-teammate Matt Birk's argument against gay marriage by pointing out its epic logical failures.

Inevitably, the calls for Tim Tebow to start for the Jets at QB - or at least to play more - are here, at least from the typically ludicrous NY Post. The rest of the NY papers, not so much - they know the Jets have much bigger problems than at QB.

From the Times, a beautiful gallery of offal being prepared and served in Parisian restaurants.

In honor of the victorious Jay Cutler:


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