Elway says Broncos were never in on Allen

Good Morning, Broncos fans! When the NFL and NFLPA agreed last year to push the annual trade deadline back two weeks, the presumed intent was to encourage more deals.

So far, only the Patriots have taken advantage of this change.

A year after they got CB Aqib Talib from Tampa Bay in a deadline deal, New England acquired DT Isaac Sopoaga from Philly in exchange for fifth- and sixth-rounders in the 2014 Draft.

There were talks of a higher profile deal involving Vikings DE Jared Allen, but the Seahawks and one other mystery team were unable to pry him away.

Minnesota was reportedly demanding some hefty compensation for Allen - a second- or third-round pick in next year's draft.

Since you're wondering, John Elway says the Broncos were never interested in Allen, especially at the cost of a high draft pick for half a season's work. FWIW, Bill Barnwell thinks the team should have gone for it, but we disagree.

Broncos News

Videos: John Fox speaks with the press; Peyton Manning's 29 touchdown passes.

John Elway says he and Peyton don't find that much time to talk about football, given their busy schedules.

According to Lindsay Jones, the Broncos think Champ Bailey could be back after the bye.

As noted by Andrew Mason, Denver has been running a version of the Pistol formation at times.

Broncos Analysis

Bill Barnwell skewers John Fox's terrible replay challenge and punt from the plus-43 but lauds his two decisions to go for it on fourth down.

Joan Niesen thinks Knowshon Moreno is close to being overworked, but 138 touches in eight games isn't a crazy figure.

Jeff Legwold correctly says the Broncos' wideouts should expect more physical play from opposing corners, but he incorrectly says the Broncos went to the read option in 2011 before the Panthers did, and he says Wesley Woodyard figures to receive a fine for his hit on Kirk Cousins.

In his latest mailbag, Mike Klis again declares the Broncos as the NFL's team to beat.

A couple of discomfiting numbers from PFF: Denver has been allowing touchdown runs from within the red zone at the highest rate in the league, and Montee Ball has more drops than receptions.

On a brighter note, Eric Decker has moved himself off the list of wideouts with the worst drop rates, while Demaryius Thomas is among the best.

According to Scott Kacsmar, Sunday's victory marked Peyton Manning's 40th career fourth-quarter comeback win.

News

Baltimore waived S Michael Huff and DE Marcus Spears; Pittsburgh waived punter Zoltan Mesko and signed former Bronco Mat McBriar.

Following their fourth straight loss, Dolphins players are reportedly beginning to question the playcalling of OC Mike Sherman.

Freddie FredEx Mitchell was sentenced to three years in prison for his role in a tax fraud scheme.

Injuries

New England RT Sebastian Vollmer, Seattle WR Sidney Rice, and Miami WR Brandon Gibson are done for the season.

Analysis

Mike Tanier discusses the rookie head coaches and wonders why Philly's Chip Kelly has gone out of character on fourth downs; Jeffri Chadiha says noted dickhead Greg Schiano has lost his locker room in Tampa Bay.

Jason La Canfora says Peyton Manning is only going to get more beat up as the season wears on, he thinks the Chiefs will be a road playoff one-and-done, and he's not sure Shanny will hang onto his job in Washington.

All-22 analysis: Doug Farrar and Bucky Brooks break down Calvin Johnson's prolific day against Dallas; Sam Monson studies the play of Chiefs S Eric Berry against Browns TE Jordan Cameron.

Peyton Manning is the midseason MVP, according to Chase StuartPat Kirwan, and Will Brinson.

Denver is again a near unanimous #1 in PFF's power rankings, and remain at #4 in Pete Prisco's, if you care about these things.

KSK meme-ifies Week 8, including a couple of shots of Shanny, one with John Fox.

Maths

Denver remains #1 according to DVOA, while the Chiefs are way down at #10, thanks to their weak sister schedule.

Around the league, there's a dropoff in 100-yard games and in YPC averages for running backs, so don't let any former DP beat writers tell you there's something wrong with the Denver running game.

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

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