The Daily Lard 12-24-11

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Pretty exciting day today, as Denver has a chance to clinch the AFC West today with a victory over the Bills combined with a loss or tie by the Raiders in Kansas City. It would mark the team's first division title since the 2005 season. The Broncos can also clinch at least a wild card with a win in Buffalo combined with losses by the Jets (Giants), Bengals (Cardinals) and Titans (Jaguars), all of whom are playing at home today and kicking off early.

The Raiders will be without several key players who did not practice all week - RB Darren McFadden, S Michael Huff, WR Jacoby Ford and DT John Henderson.

Broncos/Bills


Andrew Mason breaks down the matchup, plus the surprise return of Jeff Legwold's scannerific preview.

Lindsay Jones revisits the Broncos' presumed choice between Von Miller and Marcell Dareus.

The Playbook guys and Brian Billick explain how Buffalo should try to stop the Broncos rushing attack.

Rodney McKissic previews the game from the Buffalo perspective.

Lindsey Vonn now says she's "not opposed to dating" Tim Tebow.

Trimmings


Another group of ex-players, including former Dolphins Patrick Surtain and Oronde Gadsden, filed suit against the NFL for its handling of concussions.

The Brown family is paying about $200M for the 30% of the Bengals which they hadn't already owned.

Carolina placed CB Captain Munnerlyn on IR.

Donovan McNabb still hasn't ponied up the $5K he pledged to donate to Chris Kluwe's charity in exchange for his treasured #5 jersey in Minnesota.

Brian Burke explains just how crucial playoff seeding is to a team's chances of making it to the Super Bowl.

Pat Kirwan, Mike Lombardi, Mike Silver, Peter King and Clark Judge preview the weekend's games.

Here's what Matt Bowen is looking for today, plus Bucky Brooks' X-factor players.

Brodrick Bunkley and Von Miller are among PFF's AFC Pro Bowl choices, plus the PFF guys share their opinions on the controversial Ndamukong Suh.

Scott Kacsmar thinks the Steelers are correct to be resting Big Ben but points out that shutting him down could mean nearly three weeks between his last game and a potential trip to Denver.

Bill Barnwell tries to figure out who's more deserving of the MVP award - Aaron Rodgers or Drew Brees.

Doug Farrar eviscerates the terrible officiating from the Colts' game-winning drive Thursday, while Matt Bowen breaks down the go-ahead touchdown pass.

Scrapple


The wife of Seattle DE Red Bryant had a baby the other day, and Pete Carroll mistakenly announced the kid as weighing 17.2 pounds on Twitter. Whoops.

The week's best quotes as curated by Rivers McCown.

Unsilent Majority is taking the Broncos and laying 2.5 points.

Greg Gabriel and Rob Rang weigh the draft impact of Matt Barkley's decision to stay at USC.

Charles Barkley thinks Skip Bayless has surpassed his boy Peter Vecsey as the biggest hack of all.

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