Champ says he’s ready for more action

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Aside from the very large loss of Chris Harris, the Broncos are relatively healthy heading into Sunday's game against the Patriots.

Mike Adams (thigh) was limited on Wednesday, but the other 52 members of the active roster were all full participants, including six others listed with injuries.

For New England, Tom Brady was held out due to illness but is back today, long snapper Danny Aiken (illness) was also out, and the team's typically muddled injury list included ten players who were limited.

Broncos

Videos: BTV on Wednesday's practice; John Fox, Peyton Manning, Champ Bailey, Wes Welker, Wesley Woodyard, and several others speak afterward; mic'd up footage from Broncos/Chargers; highlights from the 1977 and 1989 AFC tite games.

Champ Bailey says he's ready for an increased role.

Wes Welker is doing his best to avoid any bulletin board-worthy quotes this week, reminding his teammates that SBs are tough to come by, and correctly says it's pointless to compare Peyton Manning and Tom Brady.

The promotion of Vinston Painter from the practice squad was made to prevent the Niners from signing him away.

Malik Jackson ranks among PFF's top ten most productive interior pass rushers.

Paul Klee says Denver's signing of corner Marquice Cole is very much the Patriots Way.

Manning/Brady 15

Brian Burke puts into visual form the cumulative WPA and EPA numbers across the careers of the two great QBs.

In an anonymous player poll by ESPN, Manning was named the most respected player in a landslide.

Patriots

As noted by Mike Klis, the Patriots have faced just as much adversity as have the Broncos this season, if not more.

Denver tried to bring Sealver Siliga back after Kevin Vickerson was lost for the season, but as the Broncos did with Painter, New England instead promoted Siliga from their PS.

New England's run defense has fared better since the teams' last meeting, and since Siliga joined the starting lineup.

News

Naturally, the NFL would prefer to lay the blame for concussions and their long-term effects at the feet of the players.

Playoffs?!

Mike Tanier breaks down a Pistol-based out route completion from Manning to Demaryius Thomas from Week 12; in his previews of Sunday's games, Tanier predicts a narrow Patriots victory.

Andy Benoit explains why man-based defensive concepts have taken over, but he thinks their injuries may force the Broncos into more zone coverages on Sunday.

Doug Farrar studies the play of LeGarrette Blount and considers the Broncos' problems without Chris Harris.

As for Niners/Seahawks, Benoit says Colin Kaepernick is still at his best when improvising, and doesn't see that changing until next season, at the earliest.

Brian Burke says running efficiently is nothing new to the Patriots, but that they still face a daunting task in Denver.

Analysis

Old friend Nate Jackson explains what it's like to play NFL football in the cold, and he's rooting for a snowy Super Bowl.

Chase Stuart plots out PFF grades relative to cap numbers for the four remaining teams.

Leave it to Darren Rovell to ponder the possibility of sponsored audibles.

KSK: Unsilent Majority meme-ifies the divisional round; team logos reimagined with a hipster flair; PFT Commenter's weekly awards.

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

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