Thursday Night Football: Must miss TV

Happy Friday, Broncos fans! Thursday night brought yet another dud, as the Packers dispatched the Vikings 42-10 in Green Bay.

The season's first two Thursday games were each decided by 20 points, while the three since have featured 30+ point margins. 

Aaron Rodgers threw three touchdown passes and Eddie Lacy added two more on the ground.

Playing for an injured Teddy Bridgewater, Christian Ponder was intercepted twice, including a 49-yard pick-six by Julius Peppers.

Mike Zimmer says Bridgewater will be back for the Vikings' Week 6 game against Detroit.

Doug Farrar, Ben Stockwell, Tom Pelissero,  Eric Edholm, Will Brinson, and Christmas Ape recap the snoozer.

Broncos

Montee Ball has been hit in the backfield on 20 of his 49 rushing attempts this season. Anyone who thinks Knowshon Moreno would have fared better in those circumstances needs to check themselves.

Virgil Green has proven to be a jack of all trades, even though Woody Paige declared the seventh-rounder a bust after his fine rookie season.

However much their ACL surgeries have affected them, Chris Harris and Von Miller are still ranking quite well at their positions, according to PFF.

Bucky Brooks is looking forward to the chess match between Manning and Cards DC Todd Bowles.

Jeff Legwold and Josh Weinfuss chat about the matchup.

We're not really sure why Paul Klee is playing the Rodney Dangerfield card with Danny Trevathan, because he's not quite anonymous.

Jack Del Rio was inducted to USC's HOF last weekend.

Cardinals

Naturally, Drew Stanton says he prepares each week as if he'll be the team's starting quarterback.

As measured by long pass plays, Arizona's offense has been more explosive than Denver's so far.

Bowles dials up more blitzes than any other defensive coordinator in the league.

News

The 2015 Draft will take place in Chicago.

Oakland placed wideout Rod Streater on short-term IR; KC wideout Donnie Avery will undergo abdominal surgery and miss Sunday's game at San Francisco.

No Females League

The Cowboys say they won't deactivate C.J. Spillman before he's potentially arrested on rape charges.

As it prepares to profit from sales of pink merchandise, Nancy Armour reminds the NFL that it's also domestic violence awareness month.

Analysis

Chris BurkeThe Big Lead, Ross Tucker, Peter King, and Drew Magary preview Week 5.

Matt Bowen on the emergence of Kansas City tight end Travis Kelce; Doug Farrar lauds the resurgent play of a few aging veterans; Bill Barnwell discusses a few players who have emerged from obscurity this season; Andrew Garda and Samer Kalaf try to figure out what's gone wrong for LeSean McCoy this season; Ben Muth studies Baltimore's offensive line play during their destruction of Carolina.

Prince Amukamara and Tim Tebow talk about sex; incredibly, Jon Bois found Cam Newton to be unbreakable.

Maths

Michael Powell reminds us that with their publicly funded stadiums, it's team owners that are the NFL's real villains.

Benjamin Morris ponders run/pass balance, the strange way "to go" distances are calculated in the NFL, and how to rank kickers.

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

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