Good Morning, Broncos fans! Denver has a chance to close out its year with 14 straight wins, and wouldn't that be something?
It would be the longest such streak since the 2003 Patriots won 15.
Mike Klis thinks they could get there by pulling of Revenge Tour 2, with postseason wins over New England, Houston, and Atlanta avenging their three regular season losses. Also in Klis's mailbag is our first indication that the DP has discovered PFF, his opinion that Manning will run away with both MVP and CPOY, and his vision of Knowshon Moreno, Willis McGahee, and Ronnie Hillman splitting carries next year. Sounds pretty good.
Also notable about Denver's nine-game streak is that every win has been by at least a touchdown; it's the longest such streak in the past decade, save the 13-game stretch Peyton led his Colts to in 2005.
Practice squad center Quentin Saulsberry has been suspended four games for PED use.
Jeff Legwold expects Mike McCoy to get looks this offseason from the Eagles, Panthers (if they fire Ron Rivera), Chargers, Chiefs, and perhaps even the LOLJets. He also reminds us that Brandon Weeden would have been the Broncos' likeliest QB draft target had they not signed Peyton Manning.
Eric Decker had just 14 catches after Denver went to the read-option over the last nine games of 2011; he has 16 catches in the last two weeks alone.
The improvement in Zane Beadles's play this season is bolstered by his status as the only Bronco on either offense or defense to have played every snap so far.
Irv Moss checks in on Orange Crush coach Red Miller, who says he's doing well at 85.
Videos: Thanks to Ty Warren (remember him?) and Sports Authority, several players took some underprivileged kids shopping for gear on Tuesday night; Heath Evans and Darren Sharper think the Broncos are currently the NFL's best, although Evans wants to see more out of the inside pass rush.
The Broncos won nine straight games this year, Peyton stretched his winning streak against the Ravens to nine, and the franchise has beaten the Browns nine straight times as well.
Cleveland placed safety T.J. Ward and linebacker James-Michael Johnson on IR; Ward is the highest-rated defender on the team according to PFF, while Johnson had played between 21 and 44 snaps in each of the past nine games and graded out as a slight negative overall.
Miami claimed CB Dmitri Patterson off waivers from the Browns, putting TE Charles Clay on IR to make room for him.
Former Cowboys exec Alec Scheiner will replace SB 32 loser Mike Holmgren as team president, but he'll only be handling the business end.
Among those headed to IR are Chargers WR Malcom Floyd, RB Ryan Mathews, and OL Reggie Wells, Steelers G Willie Colon, Panthers G Zack Williams, and Bears RB Michael Bush, who was replaced by Khalil Bell.
His work in Washington with RG3 has Mini Shanny on the fast track to an NFL head coaching job, writes Albert Breer.
Old friend Brandon Lloyd has plenty of great financial advice for young NFLers, while on the field, integrated skill sets like BLloyd's are exactly what makes Matt Waldman fond of the runup to the draft.
The onset of draft season calls to Mike Tanier's mind the league's failure to recognize Russell Wilson as a top QB prospect; FWIW, our own TJ was all over Wilson months prior to the draft.
As noted by Chase Stuart, this playoff field bears more than a passing resembance to last season's, and Alex Smith is a few attempts away from leading the league in QB rating and setting a new standard for single-season completion percentage.
Scott Kacsmar goes over comeback attempts from Week 15, including Jay Cutler's seventh loss in eight tries against Green Bay.
Matt Bowen analyzes Aaron Rodgers's textbook defeat of the Bears' Cover 2 defense.
How cute is this kid? "Wunning wound town..."