Lord, have MRSA on the Bucs

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Sadly, we open the day with two grim news items:

Unfathomably, Vikings RB Adrian Peterson's two-year-old son has died; the child was apparently beaten by the boyfriend of his mother.

Joseph Patterson currently faces charges of aggravated assault and aggravated battery, but those figure to be upgraded in light of the boy's death.

The Vikings host the Panthers on Sunday, and as of now, Peterson is somehow expected to play. Our thoughts go out to Peterson and his family.

The other bit of news, if less shocking at this point, is that an eyewitness has now placed then-Patriots TE Aaron Hernandez as the shooter in a 2012 Boston double homicide.

Hernandez has been a suspect in the unsolved case ever since his arrest in the murder of Odin Lloyd.

The alleged eyewitness is a man who survived the drive-by shooting.

Broncos/Jaguars

Knowshon Moreno thinks he's improved as a player and is showing more patience on the field; John Fox says Knowshon has matured.

It's great that Peter King's readers are such staunch supporters for Terrell Davis's HOF case, but to liken his numbers to those of Lynn Swann is abominable. TD's best seasons stand among the greatest ever by any running back in history, while Swann's didn't even rank that well during the seasons he played.

According to PFF, Jaguars corner Alan Ball has done well in limiting opponents' receiving production, but his fellow backfield mates have not.

While IAOFM readers know the Broncos rank third in the NFL in rushing success rate, Jeff Legwold continues to beat the "Denver doesn't run the ball well" drum.

Andrew Mason discusses the Jags' woeful offense.

The Broncos will honor breast cancer survivors at halftime tomorrow.

News

Deion Sanders has apparently been fired by the charter school he founded, for allegedly being a violent menace.

Old friend and Bears LB D.J. Williams is done for the season with a torn pectoral muscle; Pats TE Rob Gronkowski is not expected to play; Giants RB David Wilson has been told he has spinal stenosis, which would cost him his season; CB Johnthan Banks is the third Bucs player to have contracted a MRSA infection, and the NFLPA may even recommend that Tampa Bay and Philly postpone their game tomorrow.

Jets TE Kellen Winslow has been suspended four games for violation of the PED policy

Analysis

Greg Cosell breaks down Andrew Luck's second touchdown pass to T.Y. Hilton in last week's win over Seattle.

Robert Mays praises Rob Ryan's work as the Saints' DC and the play of Titans DT Jurrell Casey.

Monday's Jets/Falcons game was only the fourth in history during which both team completed at least 80% of their pass attempts.

Brian Phillips follows up his essay on Peyton with one on the struggles of Eli Manning.

Week 6

Andy Benoit and Greg Bedard preview tomorrow's matchups; Peter King thinks he has a way for the Jags to take down the Broncos, albeit an admittedly unlikely one.

Bill Simmons is taking Denver and laying the points; Jimmy Traina and Tom Mantzouranis are staying far away from that game; Joe Drape cannot resist taking the points.

As noted by Judy Battista in her weekly preview, the Broncos have scored more points in five games than the Jags have in their past 15.

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

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