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Happy Friday, Broncos fans! Eli Manning and the Giants' disastrous season continued last night with a 27-21 loss at Chicago.

Eli was picked off three more times - giving him 15 on the season - the second a pick-six by Tim Jennings that opened the scoring, and the last a fourth-quarter game-sealer by Jennings.

The G-Men now have a staggering 23 turnovers in just five games; they had 21 all of last season.

New Jersey is now 0-6 for the first time since 1976, while the Bears improved to 4-2 thanks to two Jay Cutler-to-Brandon Marshall touchdown passes.

Chicago is a half-game ahead of Detroit in the NFCN, while the Giants are the first team to six losses, with the Jags, Steelers, and Bucs also currently winless.

The Bears will travel to Washington next Sunday, whereas the G-Men will host the Vikings in a MNF showdown that pretty much nobody will want to watch.

Doug Farrar, Ben Stockwell, and Sam Monson break down the game; Ian O'Connor discusses Eli's struggles.

On a night when his green shoes brought awareness to mental health issues, Marshall's volatile mood turned positive with his big game.

Broncos News

Videos: John Fox, Jack Del Rio, Adam Gase, and Champ Bailey speak after Thursday's practice.

Champ Bailey was again a full practice participant and is likely to play Sunday; Chris Harris made a limited return, and is expected to practice today in full.

Wesley Woodyard and Robert Ayers did not practice, and it's unclear whether either will be ready to go against Jacksonville; Del Rio indicated that Paris Lenon may see more action if Woodyard can't suit up.

When the Broncos pull out rarely seen plays on game days, they're drawing upon work they did during training camp, rather than plays they just installed on the prior Thursday.

Gase discussed the play of Knowshon Moreno in the passing game, and Mitch Unrein's time at fullback; Del Rio says Danny Trevathan is starting to play faster, as he gets more comfortable with his role.

Jacob Tamme isn't complaining about his demotion in the light of Julius Thomas's emergence, but a 5-0 record and $2.625M salary may have something to do with that. Tamme is due a $3M salary with no guarantees next year, so look for Denver to cut him next offseason.

During his suspension, Von Miller has been working privately with former Falcons and Panthers pass rusher Chuck Smith.

Broncos Analysis

Here's an excellent profile of Danny Trevathan, who is so confident in his own speed that he thinks he could challenge Trindon Holliday in a race, given time to prep.

Given that they have two young safeties, Jeff Legwold expects the Jaguars to employ some vanilla coverages on Sunday and try to force Peyton Manning into throwing shorter passes, which he's never too greedy to accept.

Could there be any worse timing than Mark Kiszla's continuing suggestion that Denver acquire a new pass rusher, given that Von Miller is coming back on Monday?


Eight Jaguars did not practice, including WR Cecil Shorts, who had been limited on Wednesday but is still expected to play. TE Marcedes Lewis and CB Dwayne Gratz were among those who were again held out.

It also sounds like WR Mike Brown will play for the first time since having been injured in the season opener against Kansas City. Head coach Gus Bradley says DT Sen'Derrick Marks and LB Geno Hayes - who were each limited - should play.

Although he lost the QB competition to Blaine Gabbert, Chad Henne will make his third start of the season on Sunday.

Josh Scobee plans to try an 80-yard field goal during warmups on Sunday.

Andrew Mason digs into the numbers on Jacksonville's defense.

Apparently, the replacement of metal doors with glass ones at the Jaguars team facility is proof that GM Dave Caldwell is making positive organizational changes.


With his team 0-4, Steelers coach Mike Tomlin has banned all games from being played in the locker room.

Bucs G Carl Nicks reportedly has had a recurrence of the MRSA infection that hampered his summer. Meanwhile, former Buc and current Bengals DE Wallace Gilberry says Tampa Bay coach Greg Schiano "is a joke."

Noted hypocritical asshole Deion Sanders is accused of choking an employee - and throwing him to the ground - at the charter school that Sanders co-founded.


Mike Tanier, Burke/Farrar, and John Clayton Week 6: Tanier reminds us that the money line in Denver/Jacksonville adds plenty of color to what Vegas thinks of the game, while Clayton focuses on how 5-0 teams fared versus the spread when playing 0-5 teams, rather than other giant spreads.

All-22 articles: Ben Muth breaks down the offensive line play from the Bengals' win over the Patriots; Doug Farrar explains how the addition of Josh Freeman will upgrade Minnesota's offense; Jason Lisk studies the greatness of Saints TE Jimmy Graham.

Bill Barnwell considers Cam Newton's situation in Carolina, including the less-than-stellar play he's getting from his teammates.


Chase Stuart's data shows that of course, Denver is far more pass-happy on offense than their pass/run ratio would indicate.

Sterling Xie presents some statistical proof of Tony Romo's clutchness and standing among NFL quarterbacks.

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

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