Good Morning, Broncos fans! It's been an interesting week for discussing the quality of each city's fans, what with the Arrowhead cheering of the concussed Matt Cassel.
Denver is certainly not above the fray, as some of our own booed then-new starting QB Kyle Orton in the team's 2009 scrimmage at the then-Big IF. Of course, then came the billboards a year ago.
Due south of Kansas City, Dallas's fans have been dragged into the discussion. You know, America's Team.
Brandon Marshall went so far as to say his team's trip to play the Cowboys "felt like a home game," what with the large Bears contingent in attendance.
Okay, maybe not that big of a deal. BMarsh was just thanking the Bears fans who showed up; it's a common refrain from a player after a big road win.
But as Cowboys legend Troy Aikman tells it, that's par for the course in Dallas:
I don’t think Dallas has ever really had a great home field advantage...There was no way you could go down there near the goal line and use hard count in an opposing stadium. And yet in Texas Stadium, teams did it all the time.
We often give the 100-level fans at SAF@MH a hard time, but this claim from Aikman is quite a zinger. He went even further:
I think for a large part – and the fans don’t want to hear this – a lot of the people that attend sports in this town, they’re there because it’s kind of just a place to be seen...I’ve always said Dallas isn’t so much a sports town as it is a winner’s town.
Aikman went on to temper his statement a bit by saying it's a common thing in many cities, but he also doubled back and noted that the Bucs offense was recently able to hard-count the Cowboys in Dallas, at the Cowboys ten-yard line.
So, there are boo birds in every city and every stadium, and there are also classless fans everywhere, even if they appear at a higher rate in Oakland.
But let's hope the wine and cheese crowd at SAF@MH doesn't stoop to allowing Phil Rivers and Brady Quinn hard count the Broncos in Denver.
Jeff Legwold explains that part of the reason for Von Miller's surprisingly low snap count Sunday resulted from the team trying to give him a quick breather, but not having the opportunity to sub him back in, what with the frenetic pace of New England's no-huddle offense. But we must stress this: future opponents aren't going to be able to just suddenly copy what the Pats did on Sunday; it takes time to develop that speed, like New England required themselves.
Legwold say the team is missing the size/speed of D.J. Williams, and while he's probably right, I can't help picturing D.J. trying ineptly to cover Oakland's Zach Miller, among others.
Matt Bowen analyzes Wes Welker's TD catch from Sunday during which he pwned Chris Harris.
Chase Stuart eases his prediction back to nine wins for Denver, but says they have the easiest remaining schedule of any team in the league.
RB Ryan Mathews is expected to be back in the starting lineup this week after having handled his fumble-induced demotion well. Of course, the question for the Broncos isn't about whether he starts, but rather how much action he sees.
San Diego's defense has given up a bunch of big plays in recent weeks; let's see how they handle the devastating screen game of PMFM and Demaryius Thomas.
Philip Rivers has been sacked 14 times in five games; Jared Gaither and Jeromey Clary, meet Von Miller and Elvis Dumervil.
Norv Turner bristled at suggestions that his team has struggled to finish games; they're apparently 9-10 in their last nineteen games decided by seven points or fewer.
Nick Canepa thinks the officiating was partly to blame for the Chargers' comeback bid falling short in New Orleans, referring to an offensive PI flag on Antonio Gates as a "horrendous call." The Woody Paige of San Diego also says to "Watch the film," which we did. Here's the play; Roman Harper is running in coverage with Antonio Gates stride for stride...
...until Gates pushes off...
Harper stumbles and falls, and Gates makes the catch. No feet were tangled.
Harper goes from actually having Gates beaten in coverage and being in better position to catch the pass, to stumbling and falling after a pushoff. But sure, Nick - horrendous call.
The NFL has committed yet another blunder in its handle of the Saints bounty scandal, this time by outing former Vikings defensive lineman Jimmy Kennedy as a whistleblower. Bizarrely, this follows the league claiming it would protect its sources, and outs a witness whose information was not crucial to the league's case.
Jacksonville will host San Francisco in an October 2013 game in London.
The desperate Terrell Owens continues the lobby the Jets for a job, although he's now turned to calling them desperate; probably not an effective way to land a gig.
On the heels of Jason Cole's article about the terrible media relations as conducted by disciples of Bill Parcells, former Tuna assistant Charlie Weis is busy worrying about the student newspaper at Kansas University, while his team gets shellacked on the field.
Sam Monson explains how the Vikings are helping Christian Ponder get the ball into the hands of the dangerous Percy Harvin.
No surprise here, but Brian Burke's game probabilities for Week 6 give the Broncos a huge edge in San Diego on Monday.
Andy Barall offers a remembrance for the late Alex Karras.