Good Afternoon/Morning, Broncos fans! Once we get past the insanity of Sunday's game in Dallas, there's one thing that sticks out, at least to this observer.
Denver needs Von Miller back. Granted, the urgency of that need shouldn't manifest itself again this Sunday against Jacksonville, and quite conveniently, Von is eligible to return after the game. Writes Matt Bowen:
Tony Romo lit up the Broncos defense on Sunday, and it started with the lack of pressure up front from the Denver defensive line. Romo had too much time to manage the pocket, extend plays and allow his receivers to convert routes. And in the red zone, that is a nightmare for defensive backs.
I broke down Peyton Manning and the Broncos offense on Wednesday. That’s a top-tier unit right now. But without the skill set (and speed) of Miller as an edge-rusher, this defense really struggled to contain and collapse the pocket versus the Cowboys.
Von couldn't be coming back at a better time.
Denver's defense has yet to achieve its stated goal of allowing 17 or fewer points in any one game.
Adam Gase acknowledges that luck has played a part in his own success, which is always nice to hear from someone on the rise.
The Broncos will honor the legendary Rockies career of Todd Helton prior to Sunday's game.
Jeff Legwold expects Champ Bailey and DRC to be operating in a lot of man coverage on Sunday.
Terry Frei says the situation at the end of SB 32 wasn't exactly the same as the one Dallas faced on Sunday, when they should have let Denver score.
Frei argues for Otis Armstrong to be inducted to the Ring of Fame. To that end, every time I hear Armstrong's name, I think he's already in...
Michael Bonzagni is convinced the Broncos should sit Peyton Manning against Jacksonville, and I think he's crazy. An in-conference loss could be disastrous for Denver's playoff seeding. (ESPN Insider)
Jacksonville's young safeties realize Peyton Manning is likely licking his chops at the prospect of facing them Sunday.
Jags brass will be in Louisville tonight to scout Cardinals QB Teddy Bridgewater.
ESPN's abandonment of "League of Denial," may actually have boosted the concussion documentary's viewership.
San Diego placed T Michael Harris on IR, signed T Mike Remmers off Tampa Bay's practice squad, and made a bunch of practice-squad moves; Oakland signed DT Daniel Muir to take the roster spot left by Matt Flynn's release.
Atlanta placed WR Julio Jones on IR and replaced him by signing Brian Robiskie; the Jets placed LB Antwan Barnes on IR and re-signed QB David Garrard; Minnesota gave DE Brian Robison a four-year extension.
Raiders QB Terrelle Pryor wants to avoid becoming the next Tim Tebow, even if there's little danger of that happening; Jets guard Willie Colon says the team is better off without the Tebow Circus in town.
Colts owner Jim Irsay says the team will of course honor Peyton Manning during next week's game.
While Manning and the Broncos have all the headlines, his successor and former team are doing just fine, thank you.
High secondary prices for Broncos/Colts is presenting Indy season-ticket holders with something of a conundrum.
Pat Kirwan thinks that when dual-threat QBs run the ball, they're hampering their own development as passers.
Andrew Brandt considers the aftermath of "League of Denial."
According to Chase Stuart, Denver had the best field position of Week 5, and their game against Dallas had a perfect 0.0 Game Script Score.
While Peyton Manning has been ridiculously accurate this year, drops by his receivers are still holding his numbers back by a good deal.