Raiders reported favorites for Freeman

Good Morning, Broncos fans! According to Jason La Canfora, ex-Bucs QB Josh Freeman has been contacted by 8-10 teams this week and is nearing a decision on where he'll sign.

It's being reported everywhere that the Raiders are among the frontrunners; Ian Rapoport and Mike Silver just said on NFLN that Oakland is his likeliest destination.

Silver adds that the two sides will likely meet early this week, and that the Raiders would see Freeman as a starter, and not as a backup to Terrelle Pryor.

According to Rapoport and Silver, Freeman also drew interest from San Francisco, Cleveland, and Arizona, but the feeling is apparently not mutual.

At first blush, Oakland potentially signing Freeman would seem like a classic Al Davis move.

But Rapoport adds that part of the motivation is GM Reggie McKenzie's having learned the ropes under former Packers head man Ron Wolf, whose penchant for accumulating quarterbacks is legendary.

Broncos

The Broncos briefly discussed the parameters of a contract extension with Eric Decker, but tabled talks with the pending unrestricted free agent until after the season.

According to Mike Klis, Denver's 2010 draft-night choice of Demaryius Thomas over Dez Bryant was about Bryant's character concerns, especially in the light of them having just shipped Brandon Marshall out of town.

Von Miller's parents have been taking turns living with him in Denver during his suspension; according to Joan Niesen, this Broncos locker room is a self-policing one, led by Peyton Manning, Champ Bailey, and Shaun Phillips.

Pennsylvania native Steven Johnson says he grew up a die-hard Eagles fan, making last week's win and his punt block TD that much more special.

Andrew Mason and Paul Klee offer their three keys to a Denver victory; Woody Paige predicts a 42-24 Denver victory.

Mason discusses the Dallas defense, plus the DP breaks down today's matchup unit-by-unit.

Here are recent Gameday program profiles of Tom Nalen, Wesley Woodyard, and Pat Bowlen.

Cowboys

While the Cowboys are allowing a high percentage of punts to be returned, they're not giving up very many yards on them.

Tony Romo's influence on the structure of the Cowboys' offense has growns steadily over the years.

Rainer Sabin goes over the usual unit-by-unit comparisons and considers the Cowboys' keys to victory.

Randy Galloway and Carlos Mendez also discuss how Dallas can pull off the upset.

News

Carolina has reportedly begun considering candidates to replace head coach Ron Rivera.

Former Raiders and Patriots DL Richard Seymour says he'd return to action for a contender and for the right price, but has apparently turned down advances from the Niners, Lions, and Falcons, and is unwilling to return to New England.

Buffalo is said to be shopping franchise-tagged S Jairus Byrd, and is working out QBs Pat White and Dennis Dixon today.

Baltimore cut old friend Brandon Stokley and re-signed TE Billy Bajema; the Giants placed CB Aaron Ross on IR; New England will reportedly have WR Danny Amendola against Cincy, but not TE Rob Gronkowski.

President Obama says that if he were the owner of the Washington football team, he'd consider changing their blatantly racist name; the subject was scheduled to be discussed Sunday on Meet The Press.

Analysis

In the first of a three-part series, Chase Stuart considers the likelihood that Peyton Manning will break Tom Brady's single-season touchdown pass record of 50.

Greg Cosell says the Broncos and Chiefs' use of man coverage has helped limit the Eagles' ability to use WR screens and quick-hitters to TEs, and he says their spying of Michael Vick cut down on the read option.

This is only the second time in Peyton Manning's career when he's gone more than one game into the season before throwing his first interception.

While we used to examines matchups based upon a differential of NY/A, Andrew Carroll's look at ANY/A differential takes things to another level.

Inspired by Freeman's release, Mike Tanier lists all of the highly-drafted quarterbacks currently on the unemployment line.

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

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