Trindon Holliday remains perfect (in regular season)

Good Morning, Broncos fans! It's crazy to think that Trindon Holliday arrived in Denver via waivers last season, given his enormous impact.

The five-foot-five speedster has already scored five touchdowns in just 13 games with the Broncos - three on punts and two on kickoffs, including one each during the playoff loss to Baltimore.

Most incredibly, that season-ender is the only losing effort Trindon Holliday has ever been a part of in the NFL.

Trindon has dressed for 18 regular-season games, and his teams have gone 18-0 in those affairs.

His pro debut came during a 2011 Texans win over the Titans. And after he scored three preseason touchdowns in 2012, Holliday was around for Houston's 5-0 start.

But with their secondary besieged by injuries, the Texans waived him in favor of signing Quintin Demps, and the Broncos pounced, spurred by special teams coach Jeff Rodgers.

It may have been a case where Denver's lackluster 2-3 record at the time helped them, as no teams with better records could claim Holliday before them.

Of course, the Broncos would go on to an 11-0 finish, and now they've started 2013 off with two wins, including Sunday's romp over the Giants, sealed by Holliday's 81-yard punt return score.

Yet, for as much as had to happen last year to put Holliday in a Denver uniform, it is his path to LSU that may have included the closest of calls.

As the DP's Joan Niesen tells it, then-LSU OC Jimbo Fisher had to lobby not just one, but two skeptical head coaches (Nick Saban and Les Miles) to sign and then keep Holliday around.

It's an excellent read, and a terrific reminder of just how many factors went into the Broncos acquiring one of the league's most dangerous weapons.

Broncos

Through two games, Peyton Manning has three touchdown passes and zero sacks against the blitz.

Duke Ihenacho is apparently a movie, puzzle, and television buff.

Woody Paige thinks the Broncos have a chance to go undefeated this season.

Pointing out that six current Broncos have been traded doesn't really serve as proof that players never get traded, does it?

Terry Frei's retelling of Rob Lytle's fumble/non-fumble from the 1977 AFC title game includes a start reminder of how poorly the NFL has handled concussions.

Raiders

As had been suggested for much of the week, guard Lucas Nix will not start tomorrow night, and may not play at all; Andre Gurode will assume his place in the starting lineup.

Andrew Mason explains how Terrelle Pryor manages to frustrate opposing defenses.

Jon Gruden says to expect lots of different looks from the Raiders and Pryor, what with his own former assistant Greg Olson running the offense.

News

Pats WR Danny Amendola is said to be healing quickly enough from a torn groin tendon that he may even play next week at Atlanta.

Oddly, HOFer Gale Sayers has already withdrawn his lawsuit against the league, claiming it was filed without his consent.

Overhyped Ex-Broncos News

Tampa Bay is the fourth team to have dumped RB Peyton Hillis. Some people want to blame the Madden Curse, but perhaps they should consider that he was never really that good, not to mention a glory boy diva.

Tim Tebow has apparently turned down the $1M he was reportedly offered by a Russian football team to play two games for them.

Megalomaniacal Coaches News

Nobody should be surprised to learn that Niners coach Jim Harbaugh is acting like a two-faced hypocrite with his handling of Aldon Smith's latest DUI arrest.

Bucs players are so fond of Greg Schiano's coaching style that they held a players-only meeting in August to discuss how they could get Schiano to change his ways.

Analysis

Pat Kirwan says Peyton's going to have to get the ball out a bit quicker without Ryan Clady, and he acknowledges that power rankings are worthless.

Len Pasquarelli dives into the Trent Richardson trade in his Sunday column; Gary Myers says the Browns are going into the tank in an effort to land the first-overall pick and Louisville QB Teddy Bridgewater.

Ashley Fox applauds the league for its increasingly tough stance on head-to-head hits.

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

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