Good Morning, Broncos fans! I hope you’re all doing well and if you’re going to the game, you’ve gotta make just a bit more noise today when Peyton Manning has the ball. Bring some lozenges along if you need ‘em, because the Broncos need you. Denver will be without Ryan Harris and Knowshon Moreno, while the Colts will be missing starters WR Pierre Garcon, WR Anthony Gonzalez, S Bob Sanders and LB Clint Session, and backups DB Brandon King and LB Ramon Humber. Champ Bailey is being called a game-time decision but is expected to play.
Klis examines some of the unusual courses of action that coaches have taken agains Peyton & Company. Of course, what he fails to mention is that even a couple of decisions that didn’t result in wins (Belichick, McDaniels) were not big gambles, but rather sound decisions with plenty of mathematical backing.
Here’s the weekly DP scan-errific preview.
Kenny McKinley apparently struggled with the social isolation that comes along with being injured the past two years, as well as the financial implications of being injured.
Kiszla thinks Broncos fans should ease up on Josh McDaniels, now that we’ve seen the other end of McD’s emotional spectrum. For some reason, Kiszla chooses some of the coach’s better decisions (trading Marshall, going for it on 4th down in Jacksonville) to exhibit what may be viewed as McDaniels’ hubris.
Klis helps us get to know LG Stanley Daniels a bit better.
DB - Eric Detweiler on the Broncos’ preparation this week.
DB - The Broncos’ Alumni gathered to honor Floyd Little, who will be receiving his HOF ring today at halftime. Gray Caldwell recaps, while BTV has some video from the evening. Unfortunately, I can’t see past the first minute or so. Not sure if it’s a browser thing, but I’ve found BTV to be a bit flaky this season, along with NFL.com’s videos. Anyone else experiencing this?
Mike Chappell hits us where it hurts.
Dolts LT Marcus McNeill blinked first yesterday, finally signing his one-year tender. He cannot play until Week 6. Plus, the Dolts brought RB Curtis Brinkley up from their practice squad with Ryan Mathews injured.
There will be a battle of heavyweights today between Nnamdi Asomugha and Larry Fitzgerald.
Klis focuses on QB stability and backup running backs on his trip around the league.
Dan Pompei shares his list of the greatest QBs ever, and of course he’s got The Greatest Ever among them.
The Browns put LB D’Qwell Jackson on IR with a chest injury.
The NFLPA may agree to suspensions for first-time drunk drivers in the next CBA.
Brian Burke’s always-excellent collection of links.