More (dumb) cold weather questions lobbed Manning’s way

Last updated: Dec 5, 2013 10:44 AM

Good Morning, Broncos fans! The Titans have taken major strides from a year ago, when they finished 6-10 and with a point differential of minus-141.

While they've dropped three of their past four, Tennessee sports a very respectable minus-3 differential through 12 games.

Of course, this is the week that figure could change, and in a big way.

The Titans are the picture of mediocrity according to the ANS efficiency data, but on the road against these Broncos, that's only good enough for an 18% win probability - the lowest of Week 14.

Broncos News

With an eye toward future contracts for 2014, Denver worked out nine players on Tuesday.

While it's still apparently undecided, Mike Klis makes it sound like John Fox will coach from up in the booth on Sunday, and return to the sidelines next Thursday against San Diego.

Eric Decker admits it's somewhere in the back of his mind that he's a pending UFA as he plays out the final year of his rookie contract.

As the team prepares for what should be a frigid Sunday at SAF@MH, Peyton Manning is again facing questions about his play in the cold.

And as per usual, nobody wants to mention that prior to 2012, every cold weather game Manning played was on the road - often in the playoffs.

Naturally, none of the Broncos' players are thinking about the records they're setting or on the verge of setting.

Here's the Sound FX segment on Broncos/Chiefs by NFL Films.

Broncos Analysis

Matt Bowen says two of Decker's four touchdowns against KC came via double-post concepts.

Mark Kiszla imagines what might have been had Manning chosen to sign with Tennessee instead of Denver (shudder).

News

New England re-signed WR Austin CollieBuffalo added former Chiefs TE Tony Moeaki; Indy promoted ex-rugby star Daniel Adongo from its practice squad; Cleveland DL Desmond Bryant (irregular heartbeat) is done for the season.

It sounds like Darren McFadden won't be back in Oakland next season, as he's due to hit free agency.

Common sense has prevailed in the Mark Dominik/Buddy Nix wiretap case, as the feds have dismissed charges against the two young pranksters.

A group of D.C. area religious leaders sent a letter to Roger Goodell and Dan Snyder denouncing the blatantly racist name of Snyder's franchise.

Analysis

Andy Benoit explains what Cam Newton must do to take his game to the next level.

Doug Farrar discusses the burgeoning rivalry between Russell Wilson and Colin Kaepernick and, along with Chris Burke, considers the future of the league's struggling young quarterbacks.

Robert Mays ponders the NFC playoff picture and the nightmare scenario of facing the Niners as a potential #6 seed.

Legendary trend finder John Clayton has unlocked a great NFL mystery - he says teams aren't playing as well this year without their best players. WHO KNEW?!?!

Maths

According to Keith Goldner's NEP data, Peyton Manning (duh) and Knowshon Moreno (barely) still lead their respective positions, while among receivers, Demaryius Thomas ranks #3, and Eric Decker has shot up to #14 with his otherworldly game at KC.

Chase Stuart's actually intelligent power rankings (the only ones, really) have Denver atop the league, and show that Seattle isn't just a home-field beast.

Brian Burke explains upgrades to his Win Probability Calculator.

Yuks

Long hair is having a moment among NFL players, and where was Clayton on that trend?

PFT Commenter offers in-depth analysis of comments from some Yinzers in Pittsburgh.

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

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