Steelers questioning Big Ben’s work ethic

Good Morning, Broncos fans! In advance of tomorrow's big matchup, let's check in on a couple familiar metrics.

PFR's Simple Rating System still has the Broncos (11.1) as the NFL's top team, albeit by a slim margin over the Panthers (10.5) and Seahawks (10.2); the Chiefs (6.8) are sixth.

Offensive SRS says Denver is by far the top team, while only three teams have a worse defensive SRS; Kansas City ranks 23rd and second, respectively.

PFF's overall cumulative grades paint a similar picture, with the Broncos (+180.8) atop the league and the Chiefs (107.1) ranking sixth.

On offense, Denver has the league's highest grades, while KC ranks 24th. On defense, the Chiefs grade out atop the NFL, while the Broncos are 14th.

Special teams grades also show Denver at #1, with Kansas City at #10.

Broncos

NFLN's Playbook guys preview the matchup.

Kevin Vickerson is helping mentor Sly Williams, even as he keeps him off the field with his own play.

Ryan Clady made an appearance at Dove Valley - out of his cast, but on crutches and in a boot.

According to Albert Breer, the Chargers think Peyton Manning's ankle injury is hampering him more than the replacement of Clady by Chris Clark.

Benjamin Hochman says the pressure will be on Jack Del Rio tomorrow night.

It's been a particularly busy season for the crew responsible for setting off fireworks at SAF@MH after a Broncos score.

AT&T recently spent $10M upgrading mobile signals at SAF@MH.

Chiefs

KC has stifled opposing tight ends this season, allowing them zero receiving touchdowns.

RT Eric Fisher has been charged with four sacks so far this year. Rookie, meet Von Miller...

Andrew Mason analyzes the KC defense.

Gary Horton explains what the Chiefs defense must do to slow Denver's offense (ESPN Insider).

News

Jonathan Martin discussed his bullying accusations with NFL investigator Ted Wells on Friday.

As rumors swirl that Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers are on the outs, the team is putting out word that they're unhappy with Big Ben's work ethic.

Atlanta RB Jason Snelling was arrested on charges of marijuana and drug paraphernalia possession.

Pats TE Rob Gronkowski laudably apologized for the Asian jokes he cracked at a recent event. 

Analysis

Pat KirwanRobert Mays, Peter KingGreg Bedard, John Clayton, and Jason La Canfora preview the week's games; of course, Bill Simmons is taking Kansas City and the points (7.5 of them).

Greg Cosell studies the play of St. Louis WR Tavon Austin; Jim Corbett chronicles the maturation of Carolina QB Cam Newton, who's still only 24 years old; Chase Stuart on the weird statistical split among Arizona's running back committee.

Selena Roberts wonders if the NFL will offer more than lip service to its bullying problem; Jason Whitlock discusses the n-word.

PFT Commenter discusses the shrinking role of running backs in today's game.

Ron Jaworski thinks Chicago should use its franchise tag on pending free agent Jay Cutler, but not give him a long-term deal.

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

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