Good Morning, Broncos fans! As would be expected, the Broncos aren't taking for granted that they're going to cruise to an AFCW title, despite the turmoil permeating the rest of the division.
Chris Harris says experience and film work are what helped him nab his game-sealing pick-six in San Diego, and he thinks the same pass would have been completed on him last season.
According to Mike Klis, the determinant in Matthew Willis (still don't understand how he's making more than Willis McGahee this season) being a weekly game-day active over Andre Caldwell is special teams, and he doesn't expect the team to make any deals prior to Tuesday's 4PM ET trade deadline.
Jeff Legwold suggests that Denver's giant fourth-quarter deficits, and the aggressiveness they've necessitated, have led to their whopping 79-6 scoring advantage in the final quarter. Makes sense.
In both his column and the accompanying video, Legwold says the Saints are as close to a one-man show as it gets, and that they don't mess around with running the ball on third down. The background slideshow playing "behind" him in the video is pretty hilarious, especially the blackboard play that looks more like something the 2011 Broncos would use than the Brees-led Saints.
Denver QB coach Adam Gase is the son-in-law of returing Saints interim coach Joe Vitt. Awk...ward.
At least Jason Whitlock is willing to admit he was wrong when he declared Peyton Manning's arm strength to be gone, and he now predicts the Broncos will meet (and potentially beat) the Texans in the AFC title game.
During his latest podcast, John Elway lauds the play of the offensive line in San Diego, and the contributions of late veteran additions Keith Brooking, Jim Leonhard, and Dan Koppen.
Football Outsiders' metrics say the Broncos are the best team in the AFC, with their brutal early schedule and terrible luck on fumble recoveries contributing to their 3-3 record. (ESPN Insider)
A group of Broncos players hosted some local kids at SAF@MH yesterday to encourage them to exercise.
DC Steve Spagnuolo says to expect more of Jonathan Vilma on Sunday, who played just 19 snaps in his season debut.
Florio says the returning Vitt is an upgrade for the Saints over interim interim coach Aaron Kromer in the intensity and sense of humor categories.
The last meeting between these teams was when those lucky 2008 Broncos escaped with a two-point win after Martin Gramatica missed an easy 43-yard kick.
The NFLPA sent a letter to Paul Tagliabue requesting he address questions about potential conflicts of interest, and a judge gave the union a Wednesday evening deadline to file a motion to have Tagliabue recused from hearing the bounty suspension appeals. A Manhattan apartment previously owned by Tagliabue and by Rockies part owner Marne Obernauer, Jr. has been listed at a cool $35M.
A towel-making company called Gorilla Gold has publicly come to the defense of the Chargers, saying their products are widely used in the NFL and have been explicitly approved and employed in other sports too.
Jags RB Maurice Jones-Drew has a sprained foot which will cost him multiple games, while QB Blaine Gabbert has a torn labrum in his non-throwing shoulder, but it's not clear how that will affect his future availability. Fortunately for MJD, it's not a Lisfranc injury, the etymology of which is explained here.
Shanny & Co. cut RB Ryan Grant and re-signed Keiland Williams to replace him; surgery to repair a torn toe ligament will end the season of Cowboys LB Sean Lee; Dallas agreed to terms with S Charlie Peprah.
After the first boxing victory by an openly gay man, several Chargers and other Southern California pro athletes say a gay teammate would be well-received.
Cam Newton's mentor Warren Moon says the youngster must be more even-keeled after games regardless of outcomes, and he thinks race is behind people comparing Cam to Vince Young instead of Jay Cutler.
Mike Lombardi thinks the Lions' struggles are a continuation of their off-field offseason struggles, and that Jim Schwartz must step up in his leadership role to get them out of their funk. As for Denver's upcoming opponents, he sees in the Saints one of the league's worst defenses, and in the Bengals, an overhyped offense.
Doug Farrar analyzes the Eli-to-Cruz game-winner for the Giants via the All-22, and he profiles HOFer and Minnesota SC justice Alan Page, whose education foundation has given out over 5,000 scholarships.
Scott Kacsmar recaps the week's successful and failed comeback bids; Chase Stuart takes a fascinating look at the extra point/two-point conversion decisions that faced coach Chan Gailey in his team's one-point loss.
Ever seen an intentional bounce pass lateral in football? It's pretty crazy: