Please support Rahim Moore

Good Morning, Broncos fans! As much as Denver's players say they want to move on from last year's playoff loss, it's unrealistic, given tomorrow's opponent.

And while nothing that happens tomorrow could possibly make up for what happened in January, a win would obviously be a step in the right direction.

Rahim Moore expects a mixed reception tomorrow night, but we can only hope Broncos fans are smarter than that and support the kid. Really, what would be dumber than booing a 23-year-old kid who has the talent to become a Denver fixture, over a moment he's surely replayed in his mind millions of times, and a mistake he admitted at the first opportunity?

If you're heading to SAF@MH tomorrow, please reserve your heartiest cheers for Rahim.

Broncos

Videos: BTV on the regular-season Broncos debut of Wes Welker; several players discuss the opener.

Champ Bailey says he made progress on Tuesday, but like Mike Klis, we're guessing he doesn't play.

Ryan Clady says his likely matchup with Elvis Dumervil will just be a reprisal of their many practice battles from over the years.

Obviously, Denver's star trio of receivers say they're fine sharing the ball with each other.

So far, Montee Ball says the weekly practice schedule is less grueling in the NFL than it was at Wisconsin, while Sylvester Williams views tomorrow as the biggest game of his life.

Tony Carter admits he still thinks about the fateful 70-yard touchdown.

Jeff Legwold thinks Derek Wolfe could be the key to Denver's defense tomorrow night.

Mayor Hancock has declared tomorrow United in Orange Day.

Ravens

Andrew Mason thinks the Ravens view Dumervil as a situational pass-rusher.

Expectations are that, like the Broncos, the Ravens will be using plenty of no-huddle tomorrow.

WR Torrey Smith says he's preparing as if Champ Bailey will play tomorrow night.

Terrell Davis wonders if the departure of Ray Lewis will create the leadership vacuum in the Baltimore locker room that Denver experienced when Shanny stupidly allowed Shannon Sharpe to leave town.

News

A new quartet of ex-players has sued the NFL and Riddell over head injuries, meaning they're not interested in being part of last week's settlement.

Niners LB Aldon Smith and former teammate TE Delanie Walker are being sued by a man who claims he was caught in gunfire started by the two players at the house party during which Smith was allegedly stabbed.

The NFLPA is partnering with a tech company to develop a mobile app to help its players avoid driving drunk.

Transactions/Injuries

Kansas City signed S Bradley McDougald and placed DB Sanders Commings on IR.

Houston gave Brian Cushing a reported $21M in guarantees as part of a six-year extension, and restructured WR Andre Johnson's deal to provide the room to do so.

New Orleans re-signed WR Robert Meachem, whose disastrous signing by San Diego last year was likely part of A.J. Smith's undoing there.

Dallas finally signed G Brian Waters, and they acquired DE Caesar Rayford from Indy in exchange for a conditional 2015 pick; Cleveland added K Billy Cundiff; St. Louis cut suspended LB Jo-Lonn Dunbar.

Injuries

E.J. Manuel is ready to go and will start at QB for Buffalo, meaning the Jeff Tuel era is already over.

Saints LB Jonathan Vilma, Bucs CB Danny Gorrer, Cincy WR Andrew Hawkins, and Steelers TE Matt Spaeth are each headed to IR with a designation to return.

The Giants are expected to do the same with former Bronco RB Andre Brown, and they worked out veterans Jonathan Dwyer, Beanie Wells, and Leon Washington. Of course, Denver heads to Jersey to play the Giants next week.

Buttfumble is expected to miss at least the first two weeks of the season with his shoulder injury; the so-called Sanchise reportedly fears the LOLJets will take this opportunity to place him on IR; LaDainian Tomlinson is convinced Sanchez will never be a full-time NFL starter again.

Analysis

As Doug Farrar notes, the handling of cutdown day by Rex Ryan (not being present) is at the polar opposite of how much importance Johns Elway and Fox see in it.

Mike Tanier on the AFCN teams; Christmas Ape on the Patriots; Drew Magary on the Patriots.

Bucky Brooks thinks Eddie Lacy will have a great impact on Green Bay's offense, and he considers the opening week performances of the top 2014 draft prospects.

Bill Barnwell continues his rankings with the eight teams he thinks will fare worse this year than they did in 2012, and the eight teams he expects will improve.

Scott Kacsmar goes over the differences between fourth-quarter comebacks and game-winning drives.

Mostly Useless Rankings and Predictions

Chris Burke and Doug Farrar each expect the Broncos to comfortably take the AFCW.

Of PFF's eight analysts, all expect Denver to take the AFCW, six see them taking the conference title, and three of them see the Broncos winning it all.

In MMQB's season preview, Peter King has Denver losing to New England in the AFC championship game; Greg Bedard has them losing to the Chiefs in both the divisional race (!!) and Wild Card round (!); Jenny Vrentas says Packers over Broncos in the SB; Robert Klemko says Colts over Broncos in the AFC title game.

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

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