RIP Bum Phillips

Good Morning/Afternoon, Broncos fans! Kind of strange that it took a news organization other than the Denver Post to provide this, but via ESPN's David Fleming, here's our first real glimpse into what Von Miller's suspension has been like for him.

According to Fleming, Von hasn't been the silent and stoic figure he's been painted by the local beat writers, who seemed at times offended that Denver's superstar defender wasn't spilling his guts to them.

Rather, the Broncos have made sure to keep Miller engaged within the team, whether socially or in terms of keeping him up on football strategy.

As Fleming tells it, Von has been yukking it up in the locker room as per usual, and his teammates have Photoshopped his head onto the body of this GEICO commercial character.

Obviously, the 6-0 record makes it easy to say in hindsight (or in foresight, if you're my good friend TJ), but the Broncos aren't just adding a stellar pass rusher and run defender to their defense tomorrow night. They're adding a stellar pass rusher and run defender who's bigger and stronger than ever, and far better rested than the players who will be tasked with containing him.

Broncos/Colts

Louis Vasquez will have his hands full at right tackle with sack man Robert Mathis lined up across from him, provided he can get his hands on him.

Wes Welker, Julius Thomas, and yes - Knowshon Moreno - have helped these Broncos to become dominant in the red zone.

At least until this point, the Colts pass defense has fared pretty well.

Andrew Mason analyzes the Colts offense and defense; Jeff Legwold and Mike Wells discuss tomorrow night's matchup.

Peyton Manning

Here's Part II of Chase Stuart's math-heavy study of how likely Peyton Manning is to break Tom Brady's single-season touchdown pass record.

Zak Keefer of the Indy Star breaks down a pair of Peyton Manning touchdown passes from earlier in the season.

Legwold chats with John Elway and Jake Plummer about the difficulty in replacing a quarterbacking legend.

Recalling his own return to Edmonton as an LA King, Wayne Gretzky doesn't expect that Peyton Manning has been getting very much sleep this week, and he sees many parallels between the two situations.

Former Colts OC Bruce Arians sees many similiarities between Peyton Manning and Andrew Luck.

Bob Kravitz pens an open letter to Peyton on behalf of the city of Indianapolis.

News

Bum Phillips - legendary Oilers coach and father of old friend Wade Phillips - passed away at 90; Frank Litsky provides a remembrance of the defensive innovator.

Peyton Hillis had been doing some volunteer assistant coaching at the high school level when the Giants decided to sign him. Typical of the glory boy diva, Hillis thinks it's someone else's fault he keeps getting cut.

Analysis

We'll agree with Robert Mays, who says Denver's defense hasn't been very good so far, but that it probably will be with Von Miller's return.

Also to this juncture, Denver's loss of Elvis Dumervil has been Baltimore's gain, as Elvis has been racking up the sacks, hits, hurries, and a +16.8 grade from PFF.

Doug Farrar studies Rams coach Jeff Fisher's diverse use of DT Michael Brockers.

Greg Cosell breaks down Seattle's Thursday night touchdown pass from Russell Wilson to Sidney Rice.

Maths

Denver is one of just three teams to not have allowed an unblocked sack through six weeks.

Chase Stuart dives into the gutless stupidity of the aforementioned Cards coach Bruce Arians having opted for a field goal on Thursday at fourth-and-goal from the four-yard line in the fourth quarter of an 18-point game.

PredictionMachine.com says the Broncos would have only a slight edge over the Colts if the teams were to swap quarterbacks.

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

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