Triple-ten Lard 10-10-10

Good Morning, Broncos Fans! Well, here’s that always-scary matchup for Denver - the Ravens in Baltimore. Aside from a win, what I’m hoping to see most of all is that the Broncos are a tougher team than they’ve ever been, as Ted Bartlett averred earlier in the week. What makes this trip always so intimidating, of course, is that the Broncos seem to get pushed around every time they show up at M&T, and that stretches back to that brutal playoff loss to Big Play Shay & Company. Let’s hope to see the LOS moving in different directions today, not just towards the Broncos. We’ll need to see not only that, but no deep turnovers and some semblance of protection greater than what Kyle Orton received last Sunday. Yes, the sack rate is low. But the hits and the sacks add up no matter how often you’re chucking…

Broncos/Ravens

BTV and Chris Hall preview the game.

Mike Klis profiles the age-defying Brian Dawkins, who turns 37 on Wednesday.

According to Klis, the decision to halt contract negotiations with Champ Bailey’s agent came from Pat Bowlen and Joe Ellis in anticipation of a lockout in 2011.

Lindsay Jones with an important look at NFL players and mental health - how the Broncos and the league are reacting to the suicide of Kenny McKinley.

Andrew Mason previews the game with his questions, answers, and prediction of a Ravens victory.

LJ interviews TE/FB Dan Gronkowski, who has two brothers playing in the NFL.

Kevin Vickerson answers a few questions from Andrew Mason.

Legwold and Trent Dilfer on offensive balance and protecting Orton.

Dumb questions from readers beget dumb responses from Kiszla.

Kyle Orton was named the FedEx Air Player of the Week for Sunday’s performance in Tennessee (Video).

The Ravens finally have a superior collection of receivers.

Jamison Henley’s scouting report for the B-Sun.

Peter Schmuck wants to see a blowout for the home team today.

Enemies

Judy Battista on the Chefs, their hot start, and the football-heavy upbringing of Todd Haley.

Kent Babb on what the Chefs may find out today. Plus, where are they headed?

Phil Rivers has a good perspective on the Dolts’ 13-game winning streak over Jokeland. Meanwhile, the Dolts still have high expectations for RB Ryan Mathews.

Trimmings

Dan Pompei is hearing that Haloti Ngata has been the most dominant defender in the league so far this year. Plus, Terrell Suggs defenses a lot of passes. Uh-oh. Pompei also thinks Kyle Orton isn’t about to break Dan Marino’s single-season passing record. I’d have to agree, and wholeheartedly.

Shanny and the ‘Skins cut WR Devin Thomas, who was a 2nd-round pick in 2008. Bleacher Report probably has a rumor up of him heading to all 31 other teams, if you’re interested.

PFW says Kevin Vickerson won a starting job in Denver thanks to his physical play.

Alphonso Smith is starting for the Lions, who of course love his ball skills.

CHFF predicts the Ravens winning a close game today.

Brian Burke’s play-by-play data for the first four weeks of the season are now up.

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