Good Morning, Broncos fans! Unfortunately, yesterday did not provide the sort of respite one expects from a bye week. Jokeland and the Chefs battled it out in an exciting football game befitting a great rivalry, with Jokeland winning in OT on the strength of several huge pass plays Jason Campbell to Jacoby Ford, who also took a kickoff all the way back for a score. The Dolts got a big road win in Houston, as Philip Rivers reminded everyone of his greatness - on just 23 attempts, he racked up 295 yards, including 2 touchdown passes each to one guy you may not realize is still around (Randy McMichael), and another who you likely never heard of before yesterday, or right now (Seyi Ajirotutu).
As if that weren't enough, good ole Peyton Hillis churned out 220 yards from scrimmage and a pair of TDs as Eric Mangini and the Browns walloped the Pats. It's getting hard to just point out that the guy can't block (he can't) or that he fumbles too much (he does - 4 times already, 3 lost). Even if we allow that Hillis isn't a fit for Josh McDaniels' offense, or that he wouldn't be doing well with the Broncos' offensive line anyway, the problem at this point is that not only did we get Brady Quinn for this Hillis, but we sent Cleveland a pair of draft picks along with the guy for what has amounted to an emergency QB.
Oh, and Alphonso Smith picked off another pass, although he did get torched by Braylon Edwards for a 74-yard touchdown. That makes five interceptions on the season...
Legwold points out that the Broncos still have five games remaining against their division rivals, although unfortunately said rivals are all better teams...
Arnie Stapleton on the state of the Broncos and the now quiet Josh McDaniels.
Charles Robinson at least admits that he can only criticize the Hillis trade in hindsight, but is otherwise scathing in doing so.
The Black Hole was back in business, as Jokeland won its third straight game for the first time since 2002.
Don Banks on Jokeland's return to relevance.
Adam Teicher thinks they could have put away the division if not for the way they ended the first half and began the second.
Nick Canepa says the Dolts always have a chance with Phil Rivers.
Mike Silver covers the Sunday games and Jokeland's re-emergence.
Don Banks shares his snappy judgments, including more criticism of Josh McDaniels over Hillis.
In case you're still wondering, the playoff possibilities aren't looking so hot for the Broncos...
Here's what CHFF learned yesterday.
And yet, as bad as it all may seem today, it could be worse...