Good Morning, Broncos fans! As mentioned yesterday, Champ Bailey, Eddie Royal and Kevin Vickerson are listed as questionable after limited practice, while Robert Ayers, Brian Dawkins, Andre’ Goodman, Darcel McBath and Wesley Woodyard are all out for tomorrow’s game. As for Jokeland, it appears that Jason Campbell will be starting at QB.
As many of you probably know, NFL Network has been counting down its 100 Greatest Players over the past several weeks. Surprisingly, they’ve already gotten to John Elway, whom they placed at #23. He is the only Broncos player on the list, and of course I’m stunned at how low on the list he fell. Personally, I was expecting him to end up somewhere in the #10 to #15 range, but never in my wildest dreams did I foresee Brett Favruh beating him out…
Chris Hall and Broncos TV preview tomorrow’s matchup.
Josh McDaniels met with the press yesterday.
DJ Williams is thriving and happy in Wink Martindale’s defense, and keeping the low profile he prefers.
Kyle Orton has been completing fewer deep passes as the season goes on, although Legwold uses a bunch of disparate numbers to evidence this. It’s rather confusing, and frankly a poor use of statistics, whether the overall point is correct or not.
Legwold responds to a question about Denver’s offensive balance, well, the lack thereof.
Demaryius Thomas may return kickoffs again tomorrow, plus more notes from Andrew Mason.
Brian Dawkins, Kevin Vickerson and Jason Hunter do not agree with the league’s actions this week and are wondering when the NFL will protect defensive players.
Although the Niners are heading over to London tomorrow, the Broncos will practice at home and won’t leave until Thursday evening, plus other notes.
LJ on Elway’s placement in the 100 Greatest.
Andrew Mason shares his opinion on who should be ahead of Elway on the list.
Speaking of The Greatest Ever, he is encouraged by the Broncos and their direction.
While the mayor hasn’t declared it an Orange Sunday, the Broncos are telling folks to wear it anyway. Hopefully, the fans will oblige!
Vittorio Tafur on the Broncos’ receiving options.
In addition to Campell likely starting at QB, Jokeland expects to have Darren McFadden and Michael Bennett back.
More notes on Jokeland from the CCT.
Tyson Jackson was apparently left off the 45-man roster last week not because of an injury, but because he sucks, plus more on the Chefs.
Among the notes on the Dolts, Antonio Gates will be a game-time decision tomorrow.
The NFL fined an additional 12 players yesterday for infractions from last week.
Mike Lombardi says the Broncos don’t make the big plays that win games, and erroneously says Jokeland has won three in a row in Denver.
It’s been too long since his last one, but Bill Simmons offers up his always excellent mailbag, in two parts. Part 1 is here, while Part 2 is here and includes him taking Jokeland and the points (8.5 of them, to be exact).
FO’s favorite quotes of the week, including a gem from dirty player James Harrison.
Brian Burke examines the catch rates of receivers so far this year.
Mike Silver is worried the NFL is taking the bite out of the game.
Andrew Brandt on his boy Favruh, and the owners’ claim that they’ll lose $1 billion in a potential lockout. Right.
Mike Tanier is going with the Broncos in his weekly picks.
KSK is also going with Denver, if uncomfortably so.
CHFF offers up a history of point spreads.
Peter King says violence is inevitable in the NFL, is still sticking up for his BFF Favruh (and strangely calling out Jenn Sterger), and is excited to see Shanny and Cutler go at it.