The Daily Lard 10-29-11

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Chris Benson previews tomorrow's game for PFF, and he says it's practically a must-win for the Lions after having dropped two straight. He figures we'll see plenty of carries for Knowshon Moreno and Lance Ball in the absence of Willis McGahee, but says that despite Detroit's struggles against the run in recent weeks, they're not lacking for defenders who play it well.

Benson is excited for the matchup of Champ and Megatron, as he points out that most teams don't move their top cornerbacks around to shadow top receivers, unlike Denver with Bailey. As for the Denver passing game, he writes that Ndamukong Suh will be licking his chops for those frequent occasions where Tim Tebow turns himself into a runner and foregoes the NFL's quarterback-protecting rules, and that Orlando Franklin should need less help with Cliff Avril than he did against Cameron Wake of the Dolphins.


Notes from Andrew Mason and Lindsay Jones: Elvis Dumervil (questionable) and Brian Dawkins (probable) were both at practice yesterday, Willis McGahee is out, Marcus Thomas was limited in practice and listed as questionable, and Julius Thomas is probable. Sadly, former Broncos DE Ron Holmes passed away at age 48 and had been fighting diabetes and heart ailments.

McGahee was fined $7,500 for the facemask penalty on which he broke his hand, while Miami S Yeremiah Bell was hit with a $15K fine for his roughing call on Tebow.

Doug Farrar says the Lions' D-line is built to wreak havoc on players just like Tim Tebow, and he sees Tebow's running ability as a cause for Detroit to go away from their use of Ted's new favorite "Wide-9" concept.

Jeff Legwold looks ahead to what needs Denver is likely to focus on atop next year's draft.

Plus, Legwold considers the Broncos' top priorities for tomorrow's game and what Tebow must do to improve.

Chris Hall focuses on the Lions' front four for Broncos TV, John Fox speaking after practice, and NFLN's Michelle Beisner gives Tebowing a try. Notes and photos from practice via Kenny Legan, plus a Q&A with John Lynch, who will be analyzing the game for FOX.

Lindsay Jones and Andrew Mason on Tim's reaction to Tebowing, which Deadspin points out as a cardinal sin of memery. Meanwhile, Ben Koo of AA thinks The Worldwide Leader getting involved is a bit of a shark-jumping moment and handicaps the downfall of the fad as somewhere around Turkey Day. And, not all of Tim's teammates are amused by the meme - just ask D.J. Williams.

Tim Tebow vs. Ndamukong Suh as paper dolls? Wow, who wins that battle?


Notes on the Lions: Matthew Stafford is still expected to start, while Nick Fairley is listed as doubtful and unlikely to play. Plus, the Lions claimed S Chris Harris, who had been waived by the Bears.

Chris McCosky says the Lions are victim to some media myths - claims that their run D isn't very good, that Suh is slumping this year, and that Stafford is inaccurate on shorter passes.

Over at SideLion Report, Michael Olsen examines the matchups along both lines and between Champ and Megatron, while Zach Berridge figures to see less blitzing from Gunther Cunningham's squad, as they presumably try to force Tebow into beating them by throwing the ball.

Ty from The Lions in Winter sees plenty of similarities between Tebow and Lions backup Drew Stanton.


Al Davis had throat surgery a few days before his death, which was deemed to have been caused by heart failure.

Buffalo gave Ryan Fitzpatrick $24M in guarantees as part of a six-year extension.

New England released CB Leigh Bodden in what's being called a "mutual decision." Khaled Elsayed is beyond puzzled by the move, and he considers possible landing spots for Bodden.

Albert Breer hears that despite interest shown from Miami owner Stephen Ross, Bill Cowher will not discuss a HC job occupied by someone else, and he's not looking to start a new gig until after the season's over, anyway.

Pat KirwanMike LombardiMike SilverPeter KingClark Judge, and MJD preview the week's games - Lombardi says Tebow will have to make plays from within the pocket, echoing Ted's Digesting piece from yesterday. Silver will be in Denver to hang out with his friend John Elway for the game and figures to be labeled a "godless hater" if the Lions win and he doesn't write 100 nice things about Tim. Judge says Tebow makes Denver worth watching and says we have nothing better to talk about anyway.

Bill Simmons ranks the NFL's QBs and is going with the flow on Tebow - he says some things just can't be explained, and Tim's one of them. So, he's taking Denver and the points (3 of them).

Bill Barnwell thinks the Suck for Luck sweeps will come down to the Dolphins, Rams and Colts, but he doesn't see the latter two taking or keeping him; for now he thinks Luck will be in Miami next year. Plus, he vouches for Matt Forte's early MVP candidacy.


J.J. Cooper checks out the league leaders in unblocked sacks and makes note of the aggression always shown by Dennis Allen's mentor Gregg Williams.

The PFF guys focus on a few highlights to the season thus far: the high-level play of the Niners defense, the ridiculous performance of Darrelle Revis, and the continuing improvement of Michael Vick.

Part 1 and Part 2 of Farrar's chat with Chris Weinke about his student Cam Newton.

Judy Battista considers the Dolphins' sad state of affairs.

Matt Bowen says the Bears' young safeties will be tested in Weeks 9 & 10, and he ponders the difficulty of prepping to face Michael Vick.

Rivers McCown curates the week's best quotes for FO.

Here's what Brian Burke has been reading.

Wes Bunting checks in on ex-Gators CB Janoris Jenkins and says he'll be an first-rounder come April. Plus, the matchups he's looking forward to seeing today, including Luck vs. Barkley.

Cecil Lammey has Andrew Luck and Matt Barkley firmly atop his list of top QB prospects.

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