Peyton was Double Secret Squirrel at Duke Lard

Good Morning, Broncos fans! By now, we're all quite aware that Peyton Manning did the bulk of his rehab work at Duke University with head coach David Cutcliffe, who had been his OC at Tennessee.

But while the work was being done, almost nobody knew it was happening - even Cutcliffe's assistant coaches. Manning's workouts took place at night, and Cutcliffe says his equipment staff were the only ones who knew Peyton was on campus.

As for the simulation of Indianapolis's 2009 AFC Championship win over the Jets - along with Brandon Stokley and other ex-mates - Manning's maniacal attention to detail manifested itself in reenacting plays down to the second. Even plays run by the imaginary Jets.

John Fox says that he and John Elway leaned heavily upon Cutcliffe for an evaluation of Manning prior to signing him, which prompts us to say one thing:

Thank you, David Cutcliffe.

Broncos

Andrew Mason, Jeff Legwold, and Sam Davis preview the matchup; Mike Klis considers the greatness of Peyton and Drew Brees and says Ryan Clady is making his case for a big contract.

Jeff Legwold says the Broncos hold an advantage in every situation except for when Drew Brees is throwing the ball.

Ronnie Hillman recounts his 99-yard TD run from last season against Wyoming, and says that waiting tables at an Applebee's helped him develop his social skills.

Saints

To no surprise (since he's been called a game-time decision), TE Jimmy Graham made the trip to Denver.

Woody Paige details the close relationship between Drew Brees and the entire Manning family, and Archie finally acknowledges the distant prospect of a Peyton/Eli Super Bowl in New Orleans.

Trimmings

Paul Tagliabue has delayed the bounty appeal hearings, ostensibly due to the threat of Hurricane Sandy.

Old friend Jabar Gaffney will make his Dolphins debut today against the Jets; Jets LB Bart Scott will miss the matchup, breaking his streak of 119 games played; New Jersey cut recent Broncos WR Jason Hill.

Jacksonville promoted QB John Parker Wilson from their practice squad; Cleveland placed LB Scott Fujita on IR.

Scrapple

With an assist from Brian Burke, Judy Battista says big comebacks have been happening this season twice as often as had occurred over the prior twelve years.

Matt Bowen expects the Saints to employ more Cover 2 tonight, but thinks they're in trouble against PMFM; Doug Farrar thinks Manning will light up the Saints in a shootout.

In his Sunday column, Dan Pompei focuses on the rookie success of Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill, which has been no surprise to Ted.

Offal

Sam Farmer says the Jets have made Teebs irrelevant and suggests they ship him off to Jacksonville, New England, or Seattle, but he thinks they won't do so; Ian Rapoport agrees. Scott Kaplan and ex-Charger Billy Ray Smith debate whether San Diego should try to acquire the punt protector. Alas, the Jets reportedly have no plans to trade Timmy.

Tried this new method of roasting a chicken last night, and it came out great - it may become my go-to technique.

Say, Eddie? The Eighties called, and they want their motivational speaking ad back:

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