Thank you, schedule makers

Good Morning, Broncos fans! After Thursday's explosive opener, the players are off today and tomorrow; John Fox provided no injury updates on Friday.

Opening at home on a Thursday, despite not having won the Super Bowl, is one of several gifts given the Broncos by the NFL's schedule makers (and the Orioles). Here are the others:

  • Their bye week perfectly divides the season in two.
  • Every team will have to play a Thursday after a Sunday, but in Denver's case, both games are at home. This is a tremendous advantage.
  • Two of their road games come in the season's last two weeks, when they may have nothing to play for

Whatever the Broncos make of their 2013, don't ever forget how luck factors into it; their scheduling is part of that.

Broncos News

Videos: John Fox and Julius Thomas speak with the press on Friday; Shaun Phillips visits with NFLN; BTV examines the early-third-quarter plays that swung Thursday's game in Denver's favor.

Here's what Fox had to say.

Portland State's football and basketball coaches weren't surprised by Julius Thomas's breakout performance; Lindsay Jones and Dave Krieger detail his emergence.

Really, there's no better time for Danny Trevathan to learn a potentially costly lesson than in a blowout win.

Judy Battista says the Broncos put the rest of the league on notice with their statement win.

KSK recaps Thursday's game in GIFtastic fashion.

News

Aaron Hernandez pleaded not guilty to each of the six charges he currently faces relating to the death of Odin Lloyd.

Ravens WR Jacoby Jones is out 4-6 weeks with a sprained MCL after the bizarre punt return injury he suffered Thursday; Green Bay CB Casey Hayward is expected to miss a month with a hamstring injury.

Is it really any surprise that Niners coach Jim Harbaugh is whining about the league's interpretation of when read-option QBs can get hit?

San Diego converted $5M of Philip Rivers' salary into a signing bonus in order to free up $3.3M in 2013 cap room.

Analysis

Andy BenoitDoug Farrar & Chris Burke, and Robert Mays preview the rest of the Week 1 games; Eric Edholm goes over the week's injury reports.

Greg Cosell and Farrar discuss the week in their latest podcast; Cosell expects Denver to rely heavily upon Orange Julius this season.

Farrar details the next steps up for Cam Newton's NFL career.

Here's the rest of Bill Simmons's awful NFL team rankings.

Chase Stuart revisits John Harbaugh's meek fourth-down decisions from Thursday, including kicking from the 12-yard line while down 18 points - a choice we were all over on Twitter at the time.

Rob RangBucky Brooks, and Gil Brandt discuss draft prospects ahead of Saturday's games.

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

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