The Daily Lard 11-29-11

Good Morning, Broncos fans! In his latest mailbag, Mike Klis goes all Woody Paige in responding to a reasonable and intelligent question about the Broncos' struggles to score points and extend drives beyond three plays with Tebow at the helm. He does so by cherry-picking some numbers which make the Tebow-led offense appear more productive than it's been; according to Klis' calculations, the Broncos have scored 21.2 points in their five wins under Tebow, as if points per win ever mattered. For one, this removes the 10-point effort against the Lions, which when included brings the figure down to 19.3 points. Secondly, two of the touchdowns scored during this time were provided by Eddie Royal's punt return in Oakland and Andre' Goodman's INT return against the Jets. Without those, the offense is down to 17 points per game, and then there's the issue of two games having gone to overtime, without which the Denver offense is scoring 16 points per game since Tebow took over.

Do all those other scores count? Of course! Should the Broncos give them back because Tebow wasn't responsible for them? Nope. But really, let's not say the offense is scoring 21+ points a game, okay? I can just see the water cooler conversations now. Fan A: The wins are nice, but we need to score more points to beat the good teams. Fan B: You're an idiot! They're scoring 21.2 points with Tebow! Mike Klis said so, must be true ZOMG!!

Broncos


There's a chance the Broncos' Week 15 meeting with the Patriots on Dec. 18 could be flexed into the Sunday night slot.

This was Denver's first undefeated November since the 2005 season.

Jeff Legwold on the oddity that is winning games without scoring, and Mike Klis compares this four-game streak to one by the 1971 Dolphins.

Video of John Fox's Monday presser, plus a summary of his comments and some notes from Gray Caldwell.

Joe Mays was a guest on CBS4 yesterday and says the defense isn't jealous of all the attention being paid Tebow.

Over on NFLN, Mike Lombardi and Heath Evans discuss the decision John Elway will be facing with Tebow and how the Broncos have been winning, while Doug Flutie and Kurt Warner consider Tebow's future and Denver's outlook for the remainder of the year.

D.J. Williams' house has apparently been robbed a couple times in recent months.

Vikings


Adrian Peterson is recovering from a high ankle sprain and is iffy for Sunday's game, while WR Michael Jenkins is likely out with a knee injury and LS Cullen Loeffler broke his sacrum on Sunday, so the Vikings will have to sign a new snapper this week. Minnesota may have lost S Tyrell Johnson for the season; Johnson was starting in place of the injured Husain Abdullah and was replaced by Mistral Raymond, a rookie who would start against Denver should Abdullah not be ready to return from his concussion.

Minnesota got screwed by a poor call and their own decision not to challenge what should have been a Percy Harvin TD on Sunday.

The Vikes were about 3,000 tickets shy of a sellout as of yesterday morning.

Notes on the Vikings from Lindsay Jones.

Trimmings


The Saints destroyed the Giants 49-24 last night as Drew Brees amassed 363 passing yards and five total TDs.

Nick Canepa believes it's a foregone conclusion that San Diego will fire Norv Turner, but he thinks A.J. Smith deserves to keep his gig.

Handshake Haley says Tyler Palko is still KC's starting QB, but Kyle Orton will take first-team snaps today; Sam Mellinger says the Chiefs have to go with Orton ASAP.

There had been talk of Miami releasing Sage Rosenfels from their IR, thus alllowing him to re-sign with the QB-starved Texans, but they apparently have no intentions of doing so. Meanwhile, Kubes confirmed that Matt Leinart is out for the season with a fractured collarbone, and Jake Delhomme will work out for the Texans today.

S Darren Sharper has decided to retire instead of come back to play this year, while his fellow ex-Saint Scott Fujita may be done for the year with a broken hand.

Bills WR Stevie Johnson says he apologized to Plaxico Burress for his hilarious TD celebration, and after getting ripped by Chan Gailey he claims he won't be doing any more celebrating in the end zone. You know what's just as ridiculous as these excessive celebration penalties in the NFL? Bob Costas acting like the TD dances represent some sort of societal shortcoming. Please. No Fun League. Meanwhile, Ickey Woods sees a difference between his own legendary TD dances and that of Johnson from Sunday.

Also in the Department of Mea Culpas, Ndamukong Suh apparently called the Commish to beg for a lesser suspension than he's sure to receive apologize for his deplorable actions. Andrew Brandt says Suh has done harm to both his team and his own reputation.

Incredibly, Raiders P Shane Lechler punted a ball 85 yards in the air and over Devin Hester's head on Sunday.

In wrapping up the week's action, Mike Lombardi reminds us that it's all about the Broncos defense, and he was baffled that San Diego used a nickel package on Denver's game-winning OT drive. Plus, he thinks the Texans are actually better off with T.J. Yates at QB than with Leinart.

Matt Bowen dishes out game balls for Sunday's play.

Scrapple


Two 73-year-old ex-players extended their 48-year-long feud by throwing down at a CFL alumni luncheon.

Richard Sandomir on the oddity of CBS showing Nick Novak taking a leak on the sideline, including the reactions of Novak and announcer Ian Eagle.

Bucky Brooks is fully convinced that Andrew Luck is the total package after seeing him defeat Notre Dame.

Drew Magary rescues us from Peter King and his MMQB.

Ah, Eagles fans. They sure do start them early with the self-loathing down in Philly, don't they?

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

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