The Daily Lard 11-19-11

Good Morning (barely), Broncos fans! If there's one game for Denver fans to narrow in on tomorrow, it's the Chargers at Bears at 415pm ET. Denver heads to San Diego next Sunday (Week 12) and hosts Jay Cutler & Co two weeks after that. So aside from scouting Denver's future opponents, a Bears victory would put San Diego a full game behind the Broncos in the AFC West standings and give Denver the opportunity to go up two games on Phil Rivers and the Bolts with a win next week.

PFF's Rodney Hart is interested to see how the Chargers' offensive tackles fare against pass rusher Julius Peppers, which of course will suggest how they'll contain (or not) Von Miller and Elvis Dumervil. Looks like a brutal pair of Sundays for Marcus McNeil/Brandyn Dombrowski and Jeromey Clary. Vincent Jackson also draws some tough assignments, as he'll be up against Bears CB Charles Tillman on Sunday and Champ Bailey a week later. Finally, Hart is interested to see how San Diego manages Devin Hester and the Bears' kick return game; as we all recall not so fondly, Hester torched Denver in the teams' last meeting to the tune of two TDs - one on a punt and the other on a kickoff.

Broncos


Notes from Mike Klis: John Fox thinks Daniel Fells will play next week after having suffered a concussion on Thursday, and he gave the coaches and players off this weekend.

As Jeff Legwold points out, now that the Thursday game is behind them, Denver has something of a mini-bye.

Lindsay Jones examines the key plays from Thursday's victory.

Dave Krieger wonders if the rapid improvement of the Broncos D is accelerating the rebuilding process. Legwold has similar thoughts.

ESPN the Magazine is sure to soon consider the question on everyone's mind.

Video of John Fox's Friday presser, a recap of his comments by Stuart Zaas, plus NFLN appearances by Brian Dawkins and Mike Klis.

Since Rexy was humble in defeat, his brother Rob opened his big mouth and did the sore loser act on his behalf.

Denver apparently shattered the hopes of a hyperaware 7-year-old Jets fan the other night. Poor guy.

Trimmings


Oakland signed CB Bryan McCann to take the place of the injured Chimdi Chekwa, while Bears T Gabe Carimi is done for the year.

Raheem Morris wasn't pleased with Mike Lombardi's column the other day which questioned his leadership of the Bucs. Morris referred to Lombardi and folks like him as "clowns that don't really know what they're talking about." But you know what? When your young QB is already looking to Albert Haynesworth for guidance, isn't it kind of hard to dispute Lombardi's take on the matter?

The Commish says the league may start flexing its SNF games earlier in the season going forward, so that the nation isn't subjected to the likes of Curtis Painter or Tyler Palko.

Pat Kirwan, Bucky Brooks and Clark Judge preview the week's games.

Brian Burke ponders the ridiculousness of proclaiming the identity of a team, focuses on which receivers' targets result in the most INTs, and he shares what he's been reading of late.

Scott Kacsmar compares the Packers' 15-game winning streak with the other great stretches in NFL history, including the '97-'98 Broncos. Plus, a slew of interesting numbers from CHFF.

Over at PFF, RB elusiveness (Lance Ball, not elusive), front office success in SF, SEA, DET, HOU & CIN, Sam Monson points out that sack stats require a ton of context, and Khaled Elsayed details the excellence of Jags LB Daryl Smith.

Scrapple


There are reports floating around that Urban Meyer will be taking the Buckeyes HC job and bringing Kirk Herbstreit along as an assistant.

Quotes of the week as curated by Rivers McCown for FO.

Greg Gabriel takes a breakfast ball on his season predictions.

Weekly picks from CHFF's Mark Wald and Unsilent Majority for KSK.

Rob Rang evaluates the top prospects after Andrew Luck, while Wes Bunting explains why it's tough to get a read on small-school guys. Plus, what Bunting will be watching for today.

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