In Ware, Clark faces toughest assignment

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Chris Clark is off to a fine start as Denver's starting left tackle in place of Ryan Clady.

So far, he's faced off against Oakland's Lamarr Houston and a group of Eagles edge defenders led by Trent Cole.

But tomorrow comes his stiffest test yet, if not of the season: Cowboys linebacker and all-time leading sack man DeMarcus Ware (if you're wondering, KC's Justin Houston plays on the other side, so he figures to be Orlando Franklin's assignment).

According to Mike Klis, Denver figures to provide Clark with help in the form of tight ends and Knowshon Moreno. In other words, don't expect to see much of Montee Ball, or as much of Ronnie Hillman.

Fortunately for Clark and Moreno, Ware isn't at 100% health, as he dealt with a back strain last week and has also been limited by neck and shoulder stingers this season.

Broncos News

Videos: BTV recaps Friday's practice; John Fox speaks afterward.

While he's frustrated by his own health issues, Champ Bailey loves what he's seeing out of Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie.

Montee Ball says he's really focused on protecting the ball; Wesley Woodyard would like to play a game while it's snowing.

Knowshon Moreno and Kevin Vickerson were each fined $7,875 for roughness penalties against the Eagles; Denver worked out former LSU punter Brad Wing, just in case Britton Colquitt were to get injured.

Broncos Analysis

In Peyton Manning, Brian Phillips sees one part IT manager, one part Roger Federer, and one part rocket scientist.

David Rapoccio demonstrates his technique for drawing images of Peyton Manning.

Cowboys

The decision to bench LB Bruce Carter was apparently not just about his poor play, but also a lack of effort on his part.

Through four games, replacing DC Rob Ryan with Monte Kiffin hasn't brought Dallas very good results, while Ryan's Saints defense is thriving.

Tony Romo has led the Cowboys to victory over two notable undefeated teams - Peyton's 2006 Colts, who were 9-0, and the 2009 Saints, who had been 13-0.

Gary Horton thinks Dallas will have a lot of trouble against Peyton & Co. (ESPN Insider)

News

Bills QB E.J. Manuel has a sprained LCL and is expected to miss a few weeks.

Analysis

Robert MaysJudy Battista, Jason La Canfora, Peter King, and Pete Prisco preview Week 5.

Robert Mays explains how shorter throws have helped Marc Trestman and the Bears keep Jay Cutler upright and alive.

PFF: Malik Jackson ranks 10th among interior defenders in Pass Rush Productivity, while Steven Johnson gets some much-deserved special teams love.

Rob Rang updates his big board for the 2014 Draft; Gil Brandt looks ahead to next offseason's priorities, including keeping PMFM and JDR in Denver.

Film Breakdowns

Greg Cosell explains the concept of double screens.

Matt Schaub has thrown pick-sixes in three consecutive weeks, but while Texans fans are ready to run Schaub out of town on a rail, Doug Farrar says Kubes deserves some blame for a lack of diversity in the team's pass routes.

J.J. Cooper analyzes the trade acquisitions of Eugene Monroe and Levi Brown, and admires a creative blitz by the Chiefs against the Giants.

Maths

According to Keith Goldner's efficiency rankings, Peyton Manning is of course #1 among QBs, Knowshon Moreno is #5 among backs, and Demaryius Thomas is #7 among receivers.

Chase Stuart considers a couple of oddities: players facing the same opponent in consecutive weeks, and a week's games featuring several ex-quarterbacks from the same franchise.

Miscellany

Raiders fans will welcome Manti Te'o to the Black Hole tomorrow night (at nearly midnight ET) with a tribute to his late girlfriend.

Bill Simmons claims he'll lay up to 34.5 points with the Broncos against the Jags, but this week he goes with the Cowboys and shows us just how bitter he is about Denver's and Peyton Manning's success to this point.

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

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