Good Morning, Broncos fans! The big topic of discussion yesterday at Dove Valley was, of course, the injury to Wilis McGahee and how the Broncos will try to compensate for his loss.
Lance Ball, likely understanding that it's his own strongest suit in the race for McGahee's snaps, says picking up the blitz is the most important task for a Denver running back, while Ronnie Hillman admits he's still got some work to do in that facet of the game.
Knowshon Moreno, who is expected to be activated for the first time since Week 2 at Atlanta, says that not playing has allowed the knee injury which ended his 2011 season to heal completely.
Will McGahee's absence harm the Broncos' ability to rely heavily upon 11 personnel? Unfortunately, the prospects of that being the case are strong to very strong.
The bright side of the injury coin is the growing likelihood the Broncos will have Chris Kuper back in the starting lineup Sunday at Arrowhead.
Denver mostly used D.J. Williams in their nickel package alongside Wesley Woodyard on first and second downs Sunday.
Justin Bannan joined Vic Lombardi on CBS4 to discuss his return to Denver, the injury to McGahee, and D.J.'s comeback.
While it's great to see a national writer like Clark Judge present the case for Von Miller as DPOY, but is Von's greatness as unrecognized as Judge makes it out to be? Or is this actually the case, because the Ultimate Teammate™ got all the credit for the Broncos making the playoffs last year, while Miller and the defense were being maligned by Zombies and fiction dealers alike?
Jeff Legwold says that Sunday helped prove there are no easy wins, to which we'll say that of course there aren't, not when you're kicking field goals instead of allowing Peyton Manning to go for touchdowns in short-yardage situations.
The Chiefs lost several key players to injury Sunday, and it's unclear that any of them will play against Denver; Romeo Crennel says he's yet to decide whether to feed Matt Cassel, Brady Quinn, or even Ricky Stanzi to the wolves otherwise known as Von, Elvis, and Wesley.
Anyone surprised to learn that neither Cassel nor Quinn is playing well, or that Peyton Hillis had another fumble Sunday (that makes two on just 53 touches)?
San Diego is likewise banged up heading into its game against Baltimore, as Eddie Royal and Larry English left Sunday's game without returning; Kevin Acee considers the Chargers' slim chances and reminds everyone that since Week 2, they've only managed to beat Kansas City; Eddie Brown thinks A.J. Smith's style of running a team wouldn't work in fantasy football, either.
All charges against Raiders LB Rolando McClain have been dropped in his Alabama gun case after McClain's accuser $aid he no longer wanted the ca$e pur$ued.
San Francisco obliterated Chicago 32-7 as Aldon Smith delivered 5.5 sacks and Colin Kaepernick dazzled in his first NFL start and created a blazing QB controversy for the Niners; Jim Harbaugh says he'll "go with the hot hand" going forward, although he also says that both Kaepernick and Alex Smith "have a hot hand." Matt Bowen, Mike Silver, Jim Trotter, and Clark Judge react.
Steelers QB Byron Leftwich has fractured ribs and will likely be replaced by Charlie Batch this week; the team will work out several QBs today, including Brian Hoyer and Mike Kafka, and visit with their former WR Plaxico Burress.
The Jags will start Chad Henne against Tennessee after he lit up the Texans in place of Blaine Gabbert.
Drew Brees will donate $1M to Sandy relief.
Mike Tanier blasts the intellectual laziness of football articles that discuss QB eliteness, identify young QB leadership skills, and describe white players as hard workers.
Pat Kirwan offers some post-Week 11 thoughts and wonders why the Jets would even bother using the Ultimate Teammate™ on offense.
Bucky Brooks considers the case for Utah DT Star Lotulelei as first-overall pick in the 2013 Draft.