The Daily Lard 1-14-12

Good Morning, Broncos fans! It's been exactly six years since Denver last played in a divisional playoff game - Saturday, January 14th at 6pm Broncos Time, also against Bill Belichick, Tom Brady, Josh McDaniels and the New England Patriots. Hopefully tonight will be just like that magical one:

Broncos/Patriots

Andrew Mason and Jeff Legwold preview the game; Ian Rapoport and Jim McBride do the same from the Pats' perspective.

Lonie Paxton is missing the game due to his wife suffering complications with her pregnancy with twins; Legwold on his replacement, longtime Charger David Binn.

If FS Patrick Chung is unable to play for the Pats, rookie Sterling Moore will start in his place; the Pats O-line has had five different starting lineups in their past six games.

Legwold and explains how Denver can win; Dave Krieger says they'll need help from above.

Les Carpenter checks in with QB coach Adam Gase on Tebow's progress and learning curve.

Mike Klis on the Denver running game; Tom Kensler on the fine play of Robert Ayers.

Jason Cole considers the mixed emotions sure to be facing Josh McDaniels tonight.

Greg Bedard says the only ways to beat New England are to pressure Tom Brady or to outlast them in a track meet.

Dan Shaughnessy says it's all lining up for a Pats blowout; Ron Borges thinks Denver fans should be glad Josh McDaniels is back with the Patriots.

Sam Monson previews the game and expects the Pats to try to prevent big plays, figures Von Miller will need to loom larger for Denver to have a chance, and he expects Chris Harris to be covering Wes Welker, not Rob Gronkowski as Andy Benoit sees.

NFLN's Playbook crew breaks down Tebow vs the NE defense and the Denver D vs the NE offense, plus a slew of videos from NFL.com previewing the game.

Wes Welker's playoff moustache, WAY MORE than a moustache.

Tebowmania

Dan Barry and Electa Draper on the fascination with Tebow and his faith.

It sounds more like Tiger Woods will again be paired with Tony Romo at Pebble Beach, not Tebow.

Obviously, there's now a Sh*t Tim Tebow Says video.

Barry Petchesky kind of wants to see Tebow and Denver run the table.

Unsilent Majority is taking the Pats and laying the 13.5 points; he also points out that Timmy condoned gambling the other day when asked about the spread.

Tebowmania, now an interfaith phenomenon; more here.

With Leather's Friday Faceoff featured a showdown between those two Tebow YouTube suitors.

And of course, a picture of John Elway riding Tebow as centaur.

Trimmings

Tampa Bay will interview Bengals DC Mike Zimmer and Panthers OC Rob Chudzinski for their HC job; Atlanta is considering Steve Spagnuolo and Mike Nolan for its DC vacancy.

Oakland lost WR coach Sanjay Lal to the Jets; John Madden spoke about his role in the hiring of GM Reggie McKenzie.

Tennessee re-signed TE Craig Stevens to a four-year deal.

Mike Freeman says Jeff Fisher played the Rams and Dolphins against each other to get more cash; Jason Cole thinks Miami owner Stephen Ross screwed it all up.

PFF's staffClark Judge and Mike Silver (who predicts a Denver victory) preview the weekend's games; Mike Tanier examines tomorrow's matchups; Ben Stockwell and Bill Barnwell preview Saints/Niners; Andy Benoit, Barnwell, Doug Farrar and Stockwell covers Texans/Ravens; Barnwell and Sam Monson examine Giants/Packers.

Aaron Schatz previews the AFC matchups and says a Denver win would register as the third-largest upset relative to DVOA in history, but his numbers come up with a 1 in 6 chance for Denver victory, which is in line with Burke's 16% figure. Plus, FO's NFC previews.

Part 1 of Scott Kacsmar's retelling of fourth quarter comebacks from divisional playoff games.

Scrapple

AFC and NFC Whispers via PFW.

Here's what Brian Burke's been reading.

Simmons predicts a Pats blowout in his mailbag, which is just so hard to read anymore in comparison to Magary's superior writing.

The week's best quotes according to Rivers McCown.

Greg Gabriel on his top two OT prospects: Iowa's Riley Reiff and USC's Ryan Kalil.

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