I’m your Blaine Gabbert

Good Afternoon/Morning, Broncos fans! This is hardly news, but the Jaguars will have Chad Henne start for them at quarterback on Sunday in place of the beat-up Blaine Gabbert.

Of course, Henne is actually a functional NFL quarterback - albeit not a very good one - which makes him a massive upgrade over Gabbert. This is kind of an odd situation, when you think about it - the backup isn't usually better than the starter.

But it's not that unfamiliar to IAOFM readers, amirite? After all, with me having moved and lacked internet access for a couple of days, my straight-man newsy version of the Lard was replaced in spectacular and hilarious fashion - first by Ted, and again by TJ.

Well, I'm sorry to break it to you, but I'm back, and am still neither as witty, clever, nor funny as my two stand-ins.

It's not a perfect analogy, because if anything, I am definitely more durable a writer than Gabbert is an NFL quarterback. But you get the drift.

Anyway, I hope you're okay with me getting back my Lard starting job, even though it's clearly not based upon merit.

Broncos

Videos: Ronnie Hillman and Malik Jackson were mic'ed up on Sunday; Brian Baldinger breaks down the Broncos drive that tied the game at 48; Demaryius Thomas visits with Vic Lombardi on Monday; John Elway discusses the game in his latest podcast.

According to Mark Kiszla, Pat Bowlen's words to Champ Bailey on Sunday were, "Promise me you're playing next weekend."

Mike Klis says Champ Bailey is indeed expected back this week, and he chronicles Knowshon Moreno's long path to playing like a top running back.

Andrew Mason reviews the tape from Sunday; Jeff Legwold checks in on the defensive rookies.

Jeffri Chadiha thinks the Chiefs present the Broncos a real threat in the AFCW, which is nice.

Congratulations to Otis Armstrong, who will be inducted to the Colorado Sports HOF next year.

Jaguars

Not only did the Jags place Luke Joeckel on IR, but they also shelved S Dwight Lowery for the year and stashed TE Allen Reisner on short-term IR.

Jaguars fans are already looking ahead to the offseason, and can you blame them?

News

Roger Goodell says the NFL is looking to expand the playoff field for the 2015 season, and of course, the league has data that claims to show that making teams play on three days' rest doesn't result in more frequent injuries.

On the topic of the NFL and its bullshit claims, that PBS Frontline documentary League of Denial: The NFL's Concussion Crisis (which can be viewed there in full) debuted last night. I wasn't able to watch it yet, but hope to do so in the coming days. Until then, here's CTE pioneer Bennet Omalu telling of the league's insinuations that Omalu was practicing voodoo, rather than neuropathology.

Considering who he's hired to present his pathetic cause, it does appear that Dan Snyder realizes the blatantly racist name of his football team doesn't have staying power.

After this summer's debacle, the NFL is now going to force teams to appear on HBO's Hard Knocks.

San Diego claimed Lawrence Guy off waivers from Indy and waived DE Jarius Wynn to create room for him.

Injuries

New England expects TE Rob Gronkowski to be cleared for Sunday's game against New Orleans.

Houston placed TE Owen Daniels on short-term IR, meaning he will be eligible to return in plenty of time for the Week 16 Broncos/Texans game.

Green Bay is expected to lose LB Clay Matthews for a month due to a broken thumb.

Atlanta fears it may lose WR Julio Jones for the season with a foot injury, and they may also lose WR Roddy White for multiple games due to a hamstring problem.

Jets QB Mark SanchezColts RB Ahmad Bradshaw, Panthers G Amini Silatolu, and Bears DT Nate Collins are done for the year.

Analysis

Mike Tanier goes into wonderful detail to explain why teams should be going for it on fourth-and-short, especially in plus territory. We can only hope that Phil Simms reads it, but let's not hold our breaths, or anything.

Doug Farrar hits up the All-22 to show us how Rob Ryan has turned around the Saints' previously woeful defense.

Chase Stuart goes beyond the conventional stats to quantify Andrew Luck's greatness.

PFF: their best (honorable mention, Manny Ramirez) and worst (Kevin Vickerson, plus dishonorable mentions for Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Tony Carter, and Duke Ihenacho) players of Week 5; Demaryius Thomas leads the league's wideouts in production off screen passes.

FO: Scott Kacsmar goes over Sunday's comeback attempts; Denver is, of course, #1 according to DVOA and DAVE; Peyton Manning and Knowshon Moreno ranked #1 at their respective positions according to DYAR.

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

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