Good Morning/Afternoon, Broncos fans! We already recapped Denver's standing among the ANS efficiency rankings today.
We haven't checked in on PFR's SRS recently, though. According to their Simple Rating System, Denver remains the top team in the league (12.4), although by a narrow margin over Seattle (12.0).
The Broncos still have the largest margin of victory (14.4), with the Chiefs next (12.6). In terms of strength of schedule, only nine teams have had it easier, although nobody's faced a softer slate than Kansas City.
Of course, nobody comes close to Denver's Offensive SRS (20.2), with Seattle a distant second (6.7). as for Defensive SRS, only Minnesota (-9.5) and Chicago (-8.3) have fared worse than Denver (-7.8).
Andrew Mason sees Von Miller's impact in Denver's improved rates of allowing yards and first downs.
In his latest mailbag, Mike Klis wonders if Ronnie Hillman's latest fumble is another opportunity for Montee Ball to emerge.
We give the Denver Post a lot of flak, but newer writers Benjamin Hochman and Joan Niesen have been terrific.
Then again, Eric Decker having one more catch and 17 more yards than Demaryius Thomas (but fewer catches than Wes Welker, and only the fourth-most touchdowns on the team) makes him Peyton Manning's favorite receiver, in Irv Moss's book. (In terms of targets, the numbers are similar.)
Scott Kacsmar details Denver's failed comeback attempt and notes that Peyton Manning's Broncos team has lost more fumbles (24 in 23 games) than his Colts did in four seasons (23 in 64 games from 2007 to 2010).
Bill Barnwell includes Duke Ihenacho among his diamonds in the rough from around the league.
Per PFF, Malik Jackson has graded out better this year against both the run and pass, and has been far more effective.
Obviously, Shanny expects a warm reception on Sunday.
Did you ever think you'd read an article that portrays DeAngelo Hall as a mellower and maturing veteran? Me neither.
TE Fred Davis, who is reportedly being shopped by the team, says he did not request a trade.
Seattle wideout Percy Harvin practiced Tuesday for the first time in nearly a year; Packers TE Jermichael Finley is expected to be released from the hospital soon, but will likely be out for a month or more.
Sam Monson mostly blames Indy's run blocking for Trent Richardson's struggles against Denver.
Bucky Brooks explains how Ron Rivera and Cam Newton have led the Panthers' resurgence; Robert Mays discusses the downfall of the Bears defense; Sam Monson says Tony Gonzalez can't get open anymore, but still catches everything thrown in his direction.
Player agent Jack Bechta lists some issues the NFLPA might take up in the next CBA negotiation.
Denver remains atop FO's DVOA and DAVE rankings.
Although there are no Broncos gems here, it's still a hoot to see football posters from the 80s.