Good Morning, Broncos fans! The talk at Dove Valley yesterday was of getting a winning streak going - something that hasn't happened yet this season.
Of course, cleaning up their odd habit of first-half mistakes would go a long way to help build a string of wins, and Peyton Manning says it's about time for the team to put together a sixty-minute game. You'll recall that even their one blowout win, against Oakland, featured a halftime advantage of just 10-6, their only one of the season.
The team is basically at full health, as Sealver Siliga missed practice for non-injury reasons, while Tracy Porter was a limited participant; six others were listed on the injury report as full participants.
Fox says he "doesn't look at stats." Ugh.
Andrew Mason considers the Broncos' options with D.J. Williams, but doesn't see much logic behind cutting him loose; obviously, we agree.
Jeff Legwold reminds us that Denver has been piss poor down the stretch for each of the past six seasons.
The Denver offensive line is suddenly ranked sixth in the league by PFF, after sitting at or near the bottom for all of last year. TYJE.
Add Mike Tanier to the list of writers suggesting Denver will end up as the AFC's #2 seed in the playoffs.
A Denver sleaze metal band has made some hilarious t-shirts that celebrate Peyton as the devil.
TE Jimmy Graham was a limited practice participant after having sprained an ankle against the Bucs; old friend Daniel Graham did not practice.
Like Manning, Drew Brees comes into this week on quite a roll.
In studying tape from the Saints' win at Tampa Bay, Andy Benoit sees an absent New Orleans pass rush, problems for safety Roman Harper in space, and the brilliant pump faking by Brees noted yesterday.
Dallas placed LB Sean Lee on IR and replaced him by signing Ernie Sims; Carolina placed LB Jon Beason on IR for the second straight year; a neck injury will keep Browns LB Scott Fujita from playing this year and may end his career; Detroit placed WR Nate Burleson on IR and signed Brian Robiskie; Browns G Jason Pinkston was released from the hospital after being treated for pulmonary embolisms.
Chase Stuart still expects Denver to finish with 11 wins due to what he calls the league's easiest remaining schedule.
Gil Brandt calls Ryan Clady the second-best veteran offensive lineman in the league, although PFF (two hits, three hurries) would disagree with his claim that Clady hasn't allowed a hit or hurry. However, PFF does rank Clady as the best pass-blocking tackle, and fourth-best overall.
Mike Freeman agrees with Tom Brady's claim that Pats fans are spoiled (they are), and he says the start of the Brady Quinn Era means the end of KC's season.
Matt Bowen analyzes Victor Cruz's game-winning TD against Washington and Chris Johnson's 83-yard TD run against Buffalo; Sam Monson breaks down the excellent play of Terrell Suggs in his return to action for the Ravens; Bucky Brooks studies the dominance of the Vikings defense.
There's apparently talk of the Jets trading Teebs before next week's deadline, because all that QB talent is wasting away on the bench. And there's a Jews for Tebow Facebook page, because why wouldn't there be one?