Open Thread: Broncos @ Raiders, plus Norv & A.J. on their way out

Denver's inactives are RG Chris Kuper, LB Wesley Woodyard, CB Tracy Porter, TE Julius Thomas, FB Jacob Hester, DT Sealver Siliga, and QB Caleb Hanie. Manny Ramirez and D.J. Williams figure to start in place of Kuper and Woodyard, respectively, with C.J. Davis as Ramirez's backup.

Brandon Stokley, who had been a game-time decision, will dress - as will Andre Caldwell and Matthew Willis - so Denver will have five wideouts suited up, even while the punditry suggested the Broncos would focus on a run-heavy approach tonight. Tracy Porter, who did not appear on the week's injury report, is a healthy scratch.

Not dressing for Oakland are DE Jack Crawford, DT Richard Seymour, RB Jeremy Stewart, WR Derek Hagan, T Willie Smith, OL Lucas Nix, and RB/FB Jamize Olawale.

Kevin Acee is reporting that Chargers owner Dean Spanos has decided to send A.J. 'The Head' Smith and Norv Turner packing at season's end. Which is a really strange thing to let slip with four games left to play...whatcha waitin' for, Dean? Personnel director Jimmy Raye is expected to replace Smith, and of course, Spanos has released a statement denying Acee's report.

Tom Krasovic tosses out big names Jon Gruden, Chip Kelly, Andy Reid, David Shaw and Mike Holmgren as potential replacements for Norv.

Enjoy the game, and Go Broncos!

Links

Chris Kuper has been downgraded from probable to questionable for tonight's game, presumably due to issues with his left ankle.

K.C. Joyner uses advanced metrics to show how much PMFM has improved upon his 2010 performance this year, and to measure the dominance of Denver's defense.

Videos: Deion Sanders discusses the MVP candidacy of Peyton Manning on NFLN; Chris Hall and Gray Caldwell preview the game from Oakland for BTV.

In an interview with Kurt Warner to be aired on NFLN's pregame show, Peyton Manning admits his mind wanders ahead to SB 47, which is taking place in his hometown of New Orleans.

Among some milestones being neared by Denver players, Von Miller is just two sacks shy the single-season franchise record established by Elvis Dumervil in 2009.

Count the guys over at PFF among those not surprised by Chris Harris's emergence as a top cornerback.

Now may be a good time to reconsider our trust in Woody Paige as an actual journalist (we often question his opinions, but usually not his facts).

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