Good Morning, Broncos fans! The team held a light and abridged practice yesterday before heading their separate ways for the bye week.
Tracy Porter, who was held out of Monday's game and did not make the trip to San Diego due to dizziness and lightheadedness (let's hope it's not concussion-related), was the only Bronco not to participate.
John Fox exhorted his players to stay out of trouble, telling them he only wants to read about them if they "win the lottery."
Not everyone will be able to get away, as Chris Harris will still be frequenting Dove Valley for treatment on the ankle injury that's bothered him for much of the season, and Derek Wolfe says his introduction to the NFL has him too beat up to go anywhere.
Mike Klis dials up some traditional QB stats to say that Peyton Manning is playing better than ever; while that's of course not true, several of Peyton's numbers rival those he put up in his greatest seasons (except for 2004, which was in another stratosphere).
Jeff Legwold says the breakout performances of Harris and Tony Carter could have several implications - they may both see more action this season, will provide Jack Del Rio more versatility than he knew he had, and could make Tracy Porter less of a priority to re-sign for 2013 and beyond.
Manning will spend his time off at his alma mater to help honor the College Football HOF induction of his old Vols coach Phil Fulmer.
With the rest of Denver's schedule appearing to ease up, Chase Stuart now thinks the Broncos will earn a first-round bye with 11 wins, including the Week 15 trip to face the Ravens. Along those lines, Albert Breer thinks the Broncos could reel off seven post-bye wins in a row heading to Baltimore.
Denver's SB odds jumped all the way from 25/1 to 12/1 after Monday's win.
Big Play Shay lobbed some bizarre accusations the way of Aaron Rodgers, who responded with six touchdown passes and some harsh words.
The guys at The Fan are among those trying to turn Deckering into a thing; since the Broncos should basically always be on the lookout for some new talent to play defensive tackle, perhaps they should start turning their attention to the stands?
Philip Rivers says he - not the play calling - is to blame for his six ginormous turnovers Monday. Typically, A.J. Smith says the Chargers are loaded with talent, and Kevin Acee expects the egomaniac to keep his job barring a total team collapse. Don Norcross floats some names of guys to replace Norv Turner, including Denver's Mike McCoy; Chargers fans are beginning to wonder if Phil Rivers is turning into another version of the young Catler he had tormented. (h/t BRASO)
Oakland removed LB Aaron Curry from the PUP list, and he practiced for the first time since May; Dennis Allen was forced to explain why he didn't let the strong-legged Sebastian Janikowski attempt an early 58-yarder in Atlanta.
Jason Cole reports that Dwayne Bowe badly wants out of KC, and suggests Miami as a potential landing spot for the wideout; Scott Pioli admits he's made some mistakes, and that QB is a problem for the Chiefs; Matt Cassel is apparently a sore loser who doesn't pay up on his bets.
Cleveland hired Joe Banner as their new CEO, meaning Tom Heckert is likely out as GM, even though Heckert worked under Banner in Philly for many years.
Steelers LB James Harrison says he's suffered at least ten concussions during his career; Andrew Brandt considers the dilemma for players in trying to weigh their own long-term health against keeping their jobs.
Andy Benoit studies tape of Jets/Indy, Minnesota/Washington, New England/Seattle, and Cleveland/Cincy.
Jack Bechta ponders the skin-color stereotypes that contribute to the mis-scouting of NFL prospects.
Gil Brandt says the Panthers have done Cam Newton no favors relative to protection, personnel, and scheme this season.
As Chase Stuart shows, there's not much of a precedent to suggest Blaine Gabbert is going to turn his career around. Of course, every situation is unique in its own way.
Unsilent Majority captionizes the games of Week 6.
Rob Rang updates his Big Board, with two defensive tackles atop the list.