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Good Morning, Broncos fans! DP colleagues Lindsay Jones and Jeff Legwold agree that Denver going no-huddle has to include a dose of runs, but of course, the decision of whether to huddle up has nothing to do with the choice of passing or running.

It's all about substitutions, for both the Denver offense and opposing defense.

There's nothing wrong with Peyton Manning audibling to a run play (or changing the type of run), as he often does at the line of scrimmage. If opponents want to invite Peyton to run the ball, guess what? He's not Dan Marino; he'll run the ball 50 times and throw 20 times, if that's what makes sense.

But putting a fullback on the field not only decreases Peyton's options; it gives the defense time to adjust its personnel.

Calling a run is not putting handcuffs on Manning; sending him 21 personnel is.

As Ted has suggested several times, multiple-TE sets, where one of the players is able to drop down into the FB slot, just makes more sense here.

Broncos

Rahim Moore played all 81 of Denver's defensive snaps on Sunday, and he says he sees improvement in his play on film.

Mitch Unrein, who is likely to see more playing time due to Ty Warren's injury, praises Warren's leadership.

If Aaron Brewer were to suffer an in-game injury, Denver would apparently not be in the same kind of trouble Oakland found on Monday night; Joel Dreessen served as a long snapper for Houston in 2009. Of course, the question here is whether Dreessen gets practice snaps in that role each week.

It's strangely being reported that the team waived WR Tyler Grisham, but as the team's transactions page has consistently said, that happened weeks ago.

Legwold considers the Broncos' third-down troubles from Sunday night, and I cannot help but again ask: why re-sign Joe Mays to the pricey contract he was given, provided that he is a major liability in pass coverage?

LJ focuses on the stellar Denver debut of Tracy Porter, who is here on a one-year deal and got a game ball yesterday.

Several Broncos participated in a local pub's trivia night to raise money for charity.

A PMFM-inspired corn maze has popped up near Greeley.

Falcons

Atlanta signed former Patriots and Colts CB Terrence Johnson, who likely practiced against Manning for only a few weeks with Indy.

If the Falcons are to contain Denver's offense, they're going to need reserve corner Christopher Owens to step up in a big way.

That Mike Nolan & Co. are missing a starting cornerback should only serve to reinforce the notion that Denver should use more no-huddle on Monday night.

Pat Yasinskas is surprised to see that the Falcons threw three screen passes against the Chiefs after attempting just 20 of them all of last season.

AFC West

Although it would have been a longshot, the replacements cost the Raiders a chance to tie the game by failing to give them one untimed play at the end of Monday's game, which John Breitenbach reviews for PFF.

Raiders WR Jacoby Ford will have foot surgery and miss much of the season; CB Ron Bartell is out 4-6 weeks with a broken shoulder blade; Raiders fans are still Raiders fans.

San Diego is again in trouble at cornerback, after two of their four active players got hurt Monday; the team signed free-agent lineman Reggie Wells yesterday, and it doesn't appear they'll have RB Ryan Mathews on Sunday.

With Tamba Hali back from suspension, the Chiefs cut LB Cameron Sheffield.

Trimmings

So, the head linesman from Sunday's Browns/Eagles game will be working Monday's Broncos/Falcons game. Last night? He was officiating seventh-grade football. Thanks, Ginger. Meanwhile, from Chase Stuart, here's a comparison of penalty calls made in last season's opening week as compared to this year's. Only one illegal contact call in sixteen games?

The Hammer will meet with the formerly-suspended bounty scandal players this week; Sean Payton will remain suspended, though, because as Mike Florio notes, the coaches have no union and thus no advocate.

NFLN is going to place cameras inside the end-zone pylons at some point, possibly as soon as this Thursday.

Buffalo placed WR David Nelson on IR and signed RB Johnny White; the Eagles have already dumped 2011 second-rounder S Jaiquawn Jarrett; Andre Carter, son of Rubin, worked out for the Cardinals yesterday.

Aaron Rodgers is apparently reneging on a bet he made with Boyz II Men; Rangers closer Joe Nathan held up his end of a losing wager, and he showed up for work in a full Tony Romo uniform.

Our thoughts go out to Bills DT Marcell Dareus, whose younger brother was killed in a triple homicide in Alabama.

Scrapple

Nike's new uniform pants may be high-tech, but they are also unfortunately highly see-through as well, at least when it comes to 300-pounders with swamp ass.

Brian Burke thinks the increasing effectiveness of passing the ball in the NFL should lead to more teams going for it on fourth down. Thank You, John Elway.

In his wrapup of Week 1's comeback wins, Scott Kacsmar says it looks like Peyton Manning never really left Indianapolis.

Von Miller is among PFF's best, Steelers DE Brett Keisel among their worst; more Week 1 notes from Andy BenoitMike LombardiDon Banks and Bill Barnwell.

Bucky Brooks sees plenty of innovation in the Niners passing game, and he thinks it will keep them among the NFC's elite.

Broncosland is still so much in a Manning-induced haze that no Denver fans wrote Drew Magary to complain about his "Your Team Sucks" column. Naturally, Raiders fans threatened him with physical violence.

Patrick Imig forwards a plea on behalf of sports fans everywhere by asking ESPN to keep Chris Berman from pretending to do any future play-by-play work.

Offal

Well, another day, and another homophobe does something newsworthy in the football world. No, we're not searching for this news. There are bigots everywhere.

Jerry Jones's eyeglass-cleaning son-in-law is trying to capitalize upon his own embarrassment.

Chris Brown explains why Nick Saban doesn't bother coaching his corners to backpedal.

At least the Broncos have their name back. Thank You, John Elway.

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

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