Pregame Lard 9-12-11

The team is asking all fans attending tonight's game to wear orange like the team is doing, and to be in their seats by 30 minutes prior to kickoff for a special ceremony commemorating the anniversary of 9/11. They've even been using a recording of Brandon Lloyd in phone calls to season-ticket holders to get the message out.

Broncos/Raiders


PFF's Ben Stockwell has a few keys to the game: the Broncos' run defense, whether the Raiders can continue to contain Brandon Lloyd as they did last year, and whether Oakland LT Jared Veldheer can keep Elvis Dumervil from dominating the game.

Steve Corkran points out some more keys to tonight's game, including that on the other side of Oakland's line is Khalif Barnes, who will have to contend with Von MIller's electric speed.

Josh Dubow on what else, but Oakland's speed.

Mike Tanier is taking the Broncos, although he can't resist taking several shots at Josh McDaniels along the way.

Here's the podcast from today's John Elway show.

Trimmings


The Chiefs have suffered a ginormous blow as S Eric Berry has been lost for the season with a torn ACL.

Meanwhile, San Diego is bringing in kickers tomorrow to find a replacement for Nate Kaeding, who's also done for the year.

Mike Lombardi is impressed by the Bears and Ravens as he analyzes Week 1.

PK's MMQB, plus Drew's interpretation for KSK.

Luis DeLoureiro wraps up the Sunday games and says maybe it's not yet time to pronounce the Colts' season dead.

Matt Bowen hands out his game balls for the week.

Jason Whitlock thinks Cam Newton should take care not to get wrapped up in the hype of his performance yesterday.

It sure is nice to see Chris Brown getting some much deserved increased exposure: he's starting to write for Grantland, and his first column explains how Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady and Peyton Manning manage to beat the blitz.

To those fans beaming with pride over yesterday's lopsided victories, Jonathan Comey says not so fast - although he says the teams on the losing ends may have reason to panic.

Here's the FO staff's discussion of yesterday's games (the inspiration for our own Chewing the Fat).

Now that Mike Pereira is done taking the fun out of the NFL, he's apparently trying to do the same with the Pac-12.

Finally, vote here for the Week 2 Pammies.

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