Von Miller is back, buffed up

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Now's probably a good time to table - at least temporarily - any thoughts of Denver going undefeated this season.

Obviously, today's return of Von Miller should have a massive impact on the play of the Broncos defense, but still - 303 yards from Chad Henne on the heels of 506 from Tony Romo portends the possibility of bad things happening Sunday in Indy.

Of course, Denver was also without Wesley Woodyard yesterday, and Champ Bailey apparently still has some rust to shake off. So, it's not like Denver's defense at full health is a definite problem, and Peyton Manning is still better than Andrew Luck, but next Sunday night could be a dogfight.

Then again, there's no guarantee that Denver's defense ever returns to full health.

There's also the offensive line, which is already down Ryan Clady and may be without Orlando Franklin, who suffered a knee injury Sunday. Pending today's MRI, Mike Klis is guessing that Franklin will be out for a week or two with his knee injury. Jeff Legwold suggests the team could end up starting Winston Justice at right tackle on Sunday night.

Broncos

Von Miller says he's up to 262 pounds and down to 10 percent body fat, and claims he's matured during his suspension.

Manny Ramirez says the two fumbled exchanges between him and Peyton Manning were his own fault.

Malik Jackson, Chris Harris, and Wes Welker took the high road regarding the loser fans who booed at halftime. Gotta wonder if these are the same dummies who booed Kyle Orton during his first scrimmage...

Given how disruptive he has been all season, and yesterday especially, it's kind of crazy to think that Malik Jackson was a fifth-round pick just a year ago.

Broncos Analysis

Andrew Mason revisits his three keys; MasonDave Krieger, and Woody Paige recap the less-than-impressive win.

Joan Niesen discusses Champ Bailey's rusty season debut; Benjamin Hochman focuses on the bigger return to Denver's defense - that of Von Miller.

As Mark Kiszla learned firsthand, Peyton Manning isn't ready to start talking about his ballyhooed return to Indy.

Sadly yet predictably, Dusty Saunders thinks eloquent bullshit is better than Shannon Sharpe's insightful analysis.

AFC

Kansas City (6-0) remains tied with Denver in the AFCW after picking off Terrelle Pryor thrice and sacking him ten times in a 24-7 win over Oakland (2-4).

New England (5-1) handed the Saints (5-1) their first loss as Tom Brady threw a last-second game-winning touchdown pass to Kenbrell Thompkins (which prompted an epic reaction from Saints DC Rob Ryan) for a 30-27 victory. Judy Battista, Don BanksLes Carpenter, and Ashley Fox take the opportunity to focus on Brady's greatness.

Cincinnati (4-2) needed overtime to get past host Buffalo (2-4) by a 27-24 margin after blowing a 14-point fourth-quarter lead. Of course, it was a typically terrible decision by Marvin Lewis to punt on fourth-and-one that contributed to the Bills' comeback.

Fourteen fourth-quarter points were not enough for Baltimore (3-3) to defeat the visiting Packers (3-2), who escaped with a 19-17 road win.

Cleveland (3-3) fell out of first place in the AFCN with a 31-17 loss to Detroit (4-2) that ended their three-game post-Richardson trade winning streak.

Pittsburgh (1-4) picked off Geno Smith twice and got off the schneid with a 19-6 win over the Jets (3-3).

Houston's (2-4) slide continued with an embarrassing 38-13 home loss to St. Louis (3-3). Texans fans showed their class by cheering an injury to QB Matt Schaub, whose replacement, T.J. Yates, picked up right where Schaub had left off, by throwing a pick-six.

Seattle (5-1) eked out a 20-13 win over Tennessee (3-3), who scored on a 77-yard return off a derptastic field goal attempt by the Seahawks, who had lost kicker Steven Hauschka to injury.

NFC

San Francisco (4-2) won its third straight game, a 32-20 victory over Arizona (3-3) keyed by two Colin Kaepernick touchdown passes.

Two huge returns by Dwayne Harris - one an 86-yard punt return score, the other a 90-yard kickoff return - boosted Dallas (3-3) to a 31-16 win over Washington (1-4).

Carolina (2-3) pummeled Minnesota (1-4) 35-10 on the strength of four touchdowns by Cam Newton (three passing, one rushing).

Philly (3-3) won its second straight game, this one a 31-20 decision that kept the Bucs and their asshole coach winless at 0-6. Nick Foles threw three touchdown passes, while Mike Glennon tossed two in a losing effort.

News

Speaking of Greg Schiano, the NFLPA has asked the league for a joint investigation into who leaked Josh Freeman's involvement in the drug-testing program.

The 49ers are reportedly not expecting to get LB Aldon Smith this season, as Smith is undergoing in-patient substance abuse treatment.

Word out of New Jersey is that Jets GM John Idzik and coach Rex Ryan are getting along swimmingly, leading to speculation that Sexy Rexy will be back in 2014.

Buffalo is expected to work out former Raiders QB Matt Flynn.

Analysis

Andy Benoit, Mike TanierBill Barnwell, Peter KingWill Brinson, Don BanksSam FarmerTom PelisseroJohn Clayton, and the Football Outsiders recap Sunday's action.

Jeffri Chadiha thinks the Chiefs should bring back TE Tony Gonzalez via trade from Atlanta.

Brian Burke considers whether (and which) teams should consider abandoning the running game altogether.

Washington Racists

Naturally, Dan Snyder doesn't have as much support as he claims to have among Native Americans for the blatantly racist name of his football franchise.

Mike Tanier thinks the Washington Red Clouds would be a fine compromise that would allow Snyder to maintain his team's colors and have a name and logo not all that different than the current one, except of course, that it wouldn't be blatantly racist, and would actually honor a Native American, as Snyder laughably claims the current one does.

Bob Costas devoted his SNF halftime segment to the blatantly racist name, which will surely prompt the same people who spend all of their time talking about their own free speech rights, to demand that Costas be fired.

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

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