The Daily Lard 11-20-11

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Yesterday we covered the crucial Chargers/Bears game, so today let's take a quick peek at the game with the most immediate impact on Denver's season: Raiders/Vikings. An Oakland loss would drop them to 5-5 and into a first-place tie ZOMG with the Broncos, and they will be without several key players in RB Darren McFadden, WR Jacoby Ford and CB Chris Johnson, while three others are listed as questionable but expected to play: K Sebastian Janikowski, DT Richard Seymour and S Michael Huff.

As Jerry McDonald stresses, Oakland's first priority will be keeping pass rusher extraordinaire Jared Allen away from Carson Palmer, who will benefit from the absence of starters CB Antoine Winfield and S Husain Abdullah from Minnesota's secondary. The Vikings have struggled to put points on the board all year, but they also also lost to Detroit and Green Bay by just nine combined points, while Adrian Peterson has 11 TDs and nearly 1,000 yards from scrimmage; so you never know. Either way, how great/wild/unimaginable is it that we're talking about the Broncos potentially ending the day today in first place in the division?


Mike Klis says Tim Tebow is converting folks into believers (In him, of course).

Former NFL passer and current QB tutor Zeke Bratkowski, who tutored Tebow before Denver drafted him, thinks Tim will be a successful NFL QB and will have a "breakout passing game soon."

Lee Rasizer on the greatness of Von Miller.

Lindsay Jones shares a Q&A with LS Lonie Paxton regarding his charity work. Still can't believe how big a deal people made when Josh McDaniels replaced Mike Leach with this guy...

Jenny Vrentas of the Newark Star-Ledger revisits Thursday's game from the Jets' perspective.

Klis bizarrely evaluates Darrelle Revis solely on the basis of a missed tackle on Tebow, and he suggests the Broncos should draft Baylor's Robert Griffin III since he'd be able to run the same offense Tebow does. You know what's overrated? Klis' idea that asking that very question 15 times in a column isn't incredibly annoying.


The Dolphins signed kicker Shayne Graham after Dan Carpenter suffered a groin injury during practice on Thursday.

In his Sunday column, Dan Pompei says Bengals OC Jay Gruden may catch some interest for HC openings next year.

AFC and NFC Whispers via PFW.

Here's a few things Matt Bowen will be watching for today.

Doug Farrar points out some interesting stats relevant to today's early games.

Chris Jenkins previews the Chargers' matchup with the Bears for the SDUT. San Diego promoted OL Colin Baxter from their PS for the game.

The peerless Lee Corso dropped an F-bomb on College GameDay yesterday before picking the Houston Cougars.

Baylor scored an 87-yard TD on a ridiculous tipped pass on their way to knocking the Sooners from national title contention.

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