Forecast: Cold with flurries of Broncos touchdowns

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Denver worked under milder conditions on Friday and will hold another practice this morning.

Matt Prater was again held out due to illness, partly to keep him from getting his teammates sick; Sione Fua (calf) did not practice either.

Knowshon Moreno was again limited, while Mitch Unrein (knee) made a limited return to action. Six others were again listed on the injury report as full participants.

X-rays on Moreno's sore ribs were negative, and he doesn't expect the injury to require him to wear any extra padding.

For Seattle, RB Marshawn Lynch and WR Doug Baldwin were again held out; CB Byron Maxwell and LB K.J. Wright sat as well.

DT Brandon Mebane was again limited, while WR Percy Harvin was a full participant once more, and according to Pete Carroll, is at 100% health.

All are still expected to be available next Sunday.

Broncos

Videos: BTV on Friday's practice; John Fox, Brian Dawkins, Champ BaileyEric Decker, and several others speak afterward; the Playbook crew discuss Denver's offense and Peyton Manning's audibles.

Eric Decker says the Denver receivers must match the physicality of the Seattle secondary and thinks the media has overblown Richard Sherman's rant.

Wes Welker isn't talking about his hit on Aqib Talib, because what's the point?

Peyton Manning and a few legendary Broncos have advice for the current players regarding how to handle the leadup to the SB.

Paris Lenon's route to the SB has been particularly long and winding.

While it's nice that Peter King is highlighting the play of Terrance Knighton, do we really want his analysis of it, and could he at least spell Trevathan correctly?

Terry Frei revisits Denver's first SB appearance; Buddy Martin's reaction to the Broncos' loss to the Giants in SB 21.

Seahawks

Adding to the threat presented by Percy Harvin is that Denver has very little tape on how the Seahawks might utilize his talents.

Aside from the WNBA, Seattle hasn't had a championship team in 35 years.

Mike Silver says music is a key element to the Seahawks' success.

Richard Sherman

Richard Sherman was appropriately fined $7,875 for his choking gesture toward Colin Kaepernick from last week.

From the AP's Paul Newberry comes perhaps the best take on Richard Sherman I've seen (emphasis mine):

His marketing methods may not be your cup of tea, but it has surely turned him into a household name and, in all likelihood, will lead to some off-the-field opportunities once the furor over his tasteless but ultimately harmless tirade fades away...

But seriously, while some criticism of Sherman's actions was to be expected — the choke sign was too much — and we won't even get into the blatant racism that broke out on Twitter in the aftermath of his brief interview, there is a troubling element in between those two extremes.

There were hundreds, perhaps thousands, of references in the media — both traditional and social — to Sherman being a "thug," a word that certainly can be applied to any race but carries especially negative connotations when used to describe an African-American.

PFT Commenter has softened his stance on Sherman, at least a little bit.

SB 48

Accuweather currently calls for 32-degree weather on Sunday evening, with a 30% chance of snow.

Ticket prices for the game are falling; we're guessing the absence of a team with a massive and/or nearby fanbase (ie Pittsburgh, Dallas, New England) is a factor, as is the potential for cold and snow instead of the more typical sun and sand of usual SB locations.

The Broncos and Seahawks are heading east on Sunday morning; Jersey City, where the teams will be staying, has undergone drastic changes over the years.

A cruise ship will be transformed into a 4,000-guest Bud Light-sponsored floating hotel this week.

News

Many ex-players are said to be unhappy with the NFL's concussion settlement, with legal fees at the root of their dissatisfaction.

Buffalo replaced Mike Pettine by hiring ex-Lions coach Jim Schwartz to run their defense; San Diego hired Pete Metzelaars to coach tight ends; Dallas may hire Scott Linehan to call offensive plays, Gary Kubiak is unlikely to become Cleveland's OC, and Pats personnel man Nick Caserio interviewed for the Miami GM job.

Giants lineman David Diehl is retiring after 11 seasons.

Naturally, placekickers aren't thrilled about the brilliant idea of eliminating the extra point.

Analysis

Steve Almond discusses the internal struggle for fans between their love for football and the morality of the sport.

Greg Bedard unexpectedly disagrees with Bill Belichick over the Welker/Talib play, and he thinks the Seahawks are going to win next week.

Joel Corry imagines what might have been had Peyton Manning signed with the Titans in 2012 (Elway forbid).

Ben Muth takes a final look at the offensive line play of the 2013 Eagles.

Maths

Chris Clark has earned a $500K salary escalator for 2014.

Brian Burke's updated franchise season plot for the Broncos demonstrates how ridiculous their current offense is, while also reminding us of the atrociousness of Shanny's last defense.

Chase Stuart's SB probabilities say the Revenge Tour 1997 Broncos were among the unlikeliest champions, the '98 team was among the most probable, and this year's squad would be the second most likely winner of the past ten years.

According to Stuart, SB 48 will represent the greatest statistical matchup between an offense and a defense of any game (regular or postseason) since 1950. (!!!!)

A recent poll suggests that 22% of fans think God influences sporting events, while 48% think God rewards athletes based upon their spirituality. Goodness.


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

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