Jay Cutler dooooooeeeeesn’t caaaaarrrreeeeee that Aaron Rodgers is starting

Happy Friday, Broncos fans! While Wes Welker and Derek Wolfe will not play on Sunday, expectations remain that they will be available come playoff time.

Wolfe was sent home with flu symptoms on Thursday, while Welker and Kayvon Webster were again limited.

Peyton Manning and Eric Decker were full participants after having been limited on Wednesday, while Joel Dreessen was a full participant after his now customary Wednesday of rest.

Webster should play Sunday; he's wearing a cast to protect his right thumb, which was fractured in two places and apparently required six screws, five pins, and nine stitches to repair.

Broncos

Videos: BTV on Thursday's practice; John Fox, Jack Del Rio, Adam Gase, Champ Bailey, and several others speak afterward; NFL Films previews the game.

Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie says he's not sure he wants to play much more than another year in the NFL.

Although he's a grizzled veteran, Champ Bailey says he can still learn a thing or two about playing in the slot from Chris Harris.

David Ramsey thinks Knowshon Moreno's emergence could protect the team in the playoffs, should Peyton Manning falter.

Denver is currently a 12-point favorite for Sunday's game, which will be called by Kevin Harlan and the always wise Solomon Wilcots.

According to PFF, Demaryius Thomas sees press coverage more often than any other NFL wideout.

Peyton Manning

It is notable that John Fox has led the Broncos to three straight division titles, but let's be honest here - it's all about Manning, who once won five straight division titles with the Colts, and seven out of eight. Adding his time in Denver, Peyton has now led his teams to nine division crowns in ten seasons, with 2008 the lone exception (when Indy went 12-4 but lost the division to the 13-3 Titans).

While it's nice to see how many of Peyton Manning's passing yards have come after the catch, the lack of comparison to other quarterbacks renders it mostly meaningless.

The DP's fine art critic discusses an oil portrait of Manning. Looks pretty good to this non-expert.

Raiders

Oakland heads into Sunday on something of a roll, but not the kind they'd prefer.

Nnamdi Asomugha will announce his retirement as a Raider on Friday afternoon.

Jeff Legwold and Paul Gutierrez predict the Broncos will win going away.

News

According to the Houston Chronicle, two key players on the 1993 Houston Oilers were gay, and their teammates knew about it, but didn't care. And yet, smallminded bigots worry that an openly gay player would cause problems today (20 years later).

FWIW, the NFL says ACL injuries are down a bit this season.

Green Bay will start Aaron Rodgers at QB for Sunday's win-and-in game against Chicago; the news drew a typical response from Jay Cutler, who could be starting his final game with the Bears.

Jacksonville extended DT Sen'Derrick MarksTampa Bay placed DE Da'Quan Bowers on IR; Detroit signed speedy rugby star Carlin Isles to their practice squad.

Standout rookie San Diego wideout Keenan Allen was so discouraged by sitting on the bench early in the season that he considered quitting.

Old friend Clinton Portis was pulled over and given a speeding ticket during a call-in segment with a DC radio station.

Coaching Carousel

Houston will interview PSU coach Bill O'Brien for their head gig.

Don Banks thinks Dennis Allen is done in Oakland, but says there's no way Jon Gruden is taking his place there.

Weekly Previews

Mike Tanier says we'll know a lot more about Denver's ailing defense after they meet Terrelle Pryor.

Andy Benoit figures Sunday will be the last hurrah for a Raiders defense that needs dismantling.

Peter King's focus is on Kyle Orton's big day, relating a story of how much better he understood the Denver offense than Brady Quinn and Tim Tebow did.

Judy Battista thinks Sunday's biggest games are a great reminder of just how important it is for quarterbacks to remain healthy.

Analysis

Peyton Manning is the lone Bronco on Bill Barnwell's All-Pro team.

Ben Muth on the play of the Cowboys offensive line.

Maths

Tanier discusses the two lives of mathlete extraordinaire Jon Kitna.

Just like last year, the Broncos have more often stretched leads out in the second half rather than jump out to big early advantages, and Chase Stuart's data bears that out.

According to Keith Goldner's NEP, Peyton Manning remains #1 among QBs by a wide margin and will likely break Tom Brady's 2007 mark, at least as far as passing NEP goes (not overall); Knowshon Moreno has slipped to #3 among backs, with Demaryius Thomas at #4 and Eric Decker at #9 among receivers.

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

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