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Manning fastest to 100 TDs in NFL history

By the Numbers: Broncos’ Week 3 loss to the Seahawks
blogs.denverpost.com

499: Passing touchdowns in Manning’s career after his 26-yard TD to tight end Jacob Tamme with 19 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter. It was his 100th passing TD as a Bronco, making him the fastest player in league history to tally 100 TDs with a team (35th career game. Dan Marino is second, with 44 games)

Despite the loss, it's cool to see Manning in the record books again as a Bronco.

Cosell: Broncos can’t just copy Chargers to beat Seahawks

Greg Cosell's Look Ahead: What Denver can do in Seattle rematch
sports.yahoo.com

People want to know if that’s a blueprint for how to beat Seattle. That doesn’t exist. Not unless you bring Philip Rivers playing as good of a game as a quarterback can play, which he did last week, and you also bring along Gates and Woodhead. If you don’t, those “blueprint” arguments are pointless. The Broncos don’t have anyone on their roster like Woodhead. They have a really good tight end in Julius Thomas, but he’s a different player than Gates. Gates is a bigger man with more physicality than Thomas. Thomas is more of a thoroughbred.

While we don't like what Cosell is saying, it's better than being told the opposite, just because Antonio Gates is an athletic tight end, and Julius Thomas is an athletic tight end.

Nate Jackson describes the end of his NFL career

How I Let Go Of My NFL Career
deadspin.com

They all ask me about drugs. I give it to them straight. There’s one drug that’s more dangerous than all the rest. It’s called football. But there is glory in that drug. There is virtue. There is honor in throwing yourself on those train tracks. A lot of people make a lot of money from that sacrifice. In fact every motherfucker in this cavernous hangar-sized hotel ballroom makes money off of that sacrifice. They depend on it. They need it. And they will manipulate every argument to ensure that the virtues of football remain unsullied, so that their jobs and their names stay unsullied too.

Another must read from Jackson, this time an epilogue to his book, Slow Getting Up: A Story of NFL Survival from the Bottom of the Pile.

It's probably the least important of his points, but we still find it funny that Matt Mauck is now Nate's dentist.

DeMarcus Ware explains his rip move

How I Get to the Quarterback
espn.go.com

“It’s using your power, staying low and not giving up on it. I go against guys who are 350 pounds, and I’m only 250, so to be able to push them back, staying in the low position and having great leverage is key. It’s a chess match each and every time.”

Piece of cake. All one needs is to be big, fast, quick, strong, explosive, and agile.

Peter King thinks the Broncos changed their entire roster

Rematch of the Mismatch
mmqb.si.com

How did the Broncos respond to the 35-point Super Bowl loss to the Seahawks? By changing two-thirds of their regular lineup. The proof of the makeover is stunning, especially with 10 of 12 changes to the defensive regulars.

According to PK, Derek Wolfe, Von Miller, Chris Harris, and Rahim Moore are part of a new defensive lineup. It's not that they were on IR during the SB, or anything (no mention of injuries, incredibly).

Hacktastic.

Is Brandon McManus the Broncos’ next long-term placekicker?

K Brandon McManus Making A Case To Stay In Denver
denver.cbslocal.com

McManus signed a deal that would pay him $420,000 this year and $510,000 in 2015, when Prater’s base salary jumps to $3.25 million.
That’s no small consideration for a team that has several stars coming up for big long-term contracts, including Demaryius Thomas, Julius Thomas and Chris Harris Jr.
McManus wants to stay here with them. He sees Denver not as a stopover but as his destination.
“I think that’s the only way you can look at it,” he said.

McManus still has plenty to prove - touchbacks and short field goals at SAF@MH are as easy as an NFL kicking job gets. But so far, so good.

Drunk driving facilitator questions NFL’s morality

NFL sponsor Anheuser-Busch 'concerned' by 'recent incidents'
www.cbssports.com

“We are disappointed and increasingly concerned by the recent incidents that have overshadowed this NFL season,” the statement read. “We are not yet satisfied with the league’s handling of behaviors that so clearly go against our own company culture and moral code. We have shared our concerns and expectations with the league.”

Anheuser-Busch doesn't like NFL fans engaging in all of this talk about domestic violence and child abuse.

After all, every moment spent talking during a tailgate or game is a moment that's not spent getting loaded...before getting behind the wheel and putting innocent lives at risk, of course.

Is this really what we’ve come to, Broncos fans?

Broncos fans start Change.org petition to ban CBS’ Phil Simms from Denver broadcasts
www.nydailynews.com

Simms drew the ire of Denver fans and set off a Twitter tirade from Broncos Nation on Sunday after he said ‘I don’t mean to root against Denver, but ...’ during the broadcast.

When fan activism insanity seemingly influences a team's choice of starting quarterback, what's a measly internet petition, amirite?

Burke: Chiefs should have gone for two on last touchdown

Two-Point Conversion in the KC-DEN game
www.advancedfootballanalytics.com

The difference in terms of absolute WP between the XP and the conversion attempt was only 1.2 percentage points. You might think that’s tiny, and in the grand scheme you’d be right. But coaches stay up watching film until their eyes bleed, looking for every last 0.1% edge. It’s not a good idea to toss away a percentage point here and a percentage point there.

Of course, the real problem here was that John Fox chose to kick from the two-yard line rather than go for the jugular.

TJ disagrees, but I'd rather give Peyton Manning a chance to seal the game right there. Even if he fails, the Chiefs are then looking at 98 yards to win (they still would have needed a touchdown, unless they'd gone for two earlier, as Burke suggests).

Tanier: Sunday marked the end of RG3 as we (briefly) knew him

Mike Tanier's Monday Morning Hangover: Requiem for RG3
bleacherreport.com

There is a much more fundamental problem. Griffin does not look like a great athlete anymore. He jerked and stumbled like a newborn colt on that fateful scramble.

Just two years ago, Shanny was back, and he'd finally found his next great quarterback, or so the story went.

It's amazing how quickly and dramatically fortunes turn in the NFL.