Good Morning, Broncos fans! Thankfully, Peyton Manning says his right thumb is okay after it hit the helmet of Saints DE Martez Wilson on Sunday night.
However, the team is upset about the hit applied by Wilson on the play, and will likely ask the league to examine it and consider disciplinary action against the second-year player.
Turns out that only Peyton's thumbnail was damaged; maybe he (and all QBs?) should be wearing a nail polish to protect his nails, in the way knuckleball pitchers do.
The NFL trade deadline was supposed to come this afternoon, but due to Hurricane Sandy, the league offices have been closed, and the deadline has been pushed back to Thursday at 4pm ET. Among the players rumored to be potentially involved in deals are several high-profile running backs, Chiefs WR Dwayne Bowe, and the punt protector who can't protect the punter; Titans TE Jared Cook has reportedly asked to be traded.
For the second time in his Broncos career, Brandon Stokley has saved his younger teammates from foolish 15-yard penalty-inducing TD celebrations. Of course, we think the No Fun League's rules prohibiting them are a joke, but it sure would have been dumb of Decker and Thomas to have taken that penalty at that juncture. Meanwhile, Demaryius dressed up as a replacement referee for Halloween.
Wesley Woodyard continues to receive plenty of credit for his performance against New Orleans, including from old friend Brian Dawkins, who was in attendance.
In his review of the game, Nathan Jahnke notes that Virgil Green played 34 snaps and the team used two tight ends on more than 2/3 of their offensive plays; after Green's surprising three-catch performance, Matt Waldman reminds us he liked Green as a prospect before the 2011 Draft.
Dave Krieger says the arrival of Denver's defense spells danger for the rest of the league.
Legwold thinks the Bengals' reliance upon bigger linebackers will lead Denver to feature their tight ends heavily in the passing game this week.
Pat Kirwan is tired of fielding calls about Manning's arm strength and says the QB is having an MVP season.
Dan Arkush considers the possibility of Peyton taking a front-office or ownership role somewhere in the NFL once he's done playing.
The Chiefs and Chargers play Thursday night, but Brady Quinn did not practice yesterday due to his concussion; Romeo Crennel says Quinn would again start were he cleared medically.
San Diego lost WR/KR Richard Goodman for the year and replaced him with Seyi Ajirotutu; K Nate Kaeding will be waived today if he passes his physical.
Chase Stuart thinks Philip Rivers's struggles are largely attributable to Smith having failed to support him with talent on the offensive line and at wideout.
San Francisco pummeled Arizona 24-3 as Alex Smith was a near-perfect 18-of-19 with three touchdown passes and set a record for accuracy in a single game (Consider Ted unsurprised). Doug Farrar and Matt Bowen analyze the game.
Philly is expected to stick with Michael Vick at QB; Tennessee will do the same with Matt Hasselbeck; Sexy Rexy says Mark Sanchez will remain his starter, much to the chagrin of Zombies everywhere; an MRI on the injured leg of Ryan Tannehill was negative.
Indianapolis waived RB Mewelde Moore and NT Antonio Dixon and got a surprise visit from ailing coach Chuck Pagano; the hurricane delayed the abdominal surgery scheduled for Greg Jennings; Bills DE Mario Williams is expected to play this week following a wrist procedure.
Ravens tackle Bryant McKinnie has been sued by a strip club owner for $375K in alleged unpaid bills.
Bill Barnwell reviews Week 8 and says the failures of Michael Vick and Nnamdi Asomugha in Philly will loom large in ending Andy Reid's tenure there.
Scott Kacsmar goes over the week's fourth-quarter comeback attempts.
Stuart revisits Mike Mularkey's interesting decision to go for two in Green Bay in an attempt to tied the game in the first half.