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Barnwell: Why did Broncos kneel out first half?

NFL Week 1: The Art of the Comeback
grantland.com

New Orleans scored a touchdown with 24 seconds left in the first half to go up 20-7, only for Ryan to take over after the ensuing touchback with 20 seconds left and drive 58 yards on two plays to set up a Matt Bryant field goal.

It was ironic later, then, that people weren’t more angry at John Fox for kneeling after a touchback with Peyton Manning in the thin air of Denver (where it’s easier to make long kicks) after a virtually perfect first half on offense with three timeouts and 19 seconds left.

Yeah, well, that's Foxball for you...

PFF: The Chiefs are screwed without Derrick Johnson

Chiefs dealing with loss of key defensive pieces
www.profootballfocus.com

A player who led the league in run stops in 2012 and then led his position with a 27.7 Pass Rushing Productivity rate last season, Johnson excels in every aspect of the game.

In related news, the Broncos are currently 13-point favorites against the visiting Chiefs.

Jay Cutler is still Jay Cutler

Jay Cutler Was The Most Catastrophic Quarterback Of Week 1
regressing.deadspin.com

According to data from Brian Burke of Advanced Football Analytics, Cutler was responsible for three of the top six most detrimental plays in the NFL on Sunday.

Pat Bowlen is the best, you guys.

Eric Decker is actively rooting against the Broncos

Eric Decker: 'Rooting for other team'
espn.go.com

“I’m rooting for the other team,” Decker said. “You gotta have a little sting, of course.”

Wait, what happened to moving on?

Fox & Friends is just the f&*^ing worst

New low for ‘Fox & Friends’: Joking about Ray Rice elevator assault
www.washingtonpost.com

But at least the folks at “Fox & Friends,” easily cable news’s most idiotic program, can mine it for a laugh or two. After running through the details of the assault this morning, co-host Brian Kilmeade joked, “I think the message is, take the stairs.”

Unwilling to be outdone when it comes to laughing about graphic images of domestic violence, co-host Steve Doocy responded, “The message is when you’re in an elevator, there’s a camera.”

HAHA guys! That's a good one! Always watch out for cameras when you're going to knock your fiancee unconscious, amirite?

If you watch this horrible show, you might just be a horrible person yourself. I bet you didn't think about that, did you?

New video reconfirms that No Females League went easy on Ray Rice

TMZ releases footage of Ray Rice punching wife
sports.yahoo.com

After entering the elevator in what looks like an argument, Ray Rice initiates contact. Janay Rice reacts physically, only to be hit with a devastating punch that leaves her unconcious. Rice then drags her limp body out of the elevator, which is where the previously released footage picks up.

Not that those men's rights activists ever had any solid footing (on any matter, to be honest), but they can really STFU now...

Eric Decker won’t rap battle the chili sauce king

NY Jets WR Eric Decker moves on from criticism by ESPN's Mark Schlereth
www.nydailynews.com

Mark Schlereth, a three-time Super Bowl-winning lineman for the Broncos and Washington, and now an analyst for ESPN, ripped Decker on Thursday, saying the wide receiver was “a marginal No. 2 (receiver) at best” and that “New York will go crazy watching him be covered 1-on-1 and incomplete passes, throwing his arms up, begging for flags.”

Decker took the diplomatic approach in defending himself. “I’m not going to get into a battle of who says what or how you feel about what. He said what he said and he’s entitled to his opinions. Let’s move on,” Decker said. “If I get into that kind of war I would stress myself out over what people say. I’m confident in my ability, I’m confident in this team and I’m going to let my talking be on the field. That’s really what will, in time, prove itself.”

Somewhere, Jessie James (Decker) is plotting the death of Mark Schlereth.

John Elway: Lord of the nipple rings

Adam Schefter Was Once Pranked Into "Reporting" John Elway's Nipple Ring
deadspin.com

John Elway did not have a nipple ring. He never said that quote. And Adam Schefter never reported it. So how did it end up in the paper?

A year earlier, Schefter had left the Rocky Mountain News under somewhat acrimonious circumstances, though no one particularly blamed Schefter, a rising star, for taking a substantial raise. According to the SportsJournalists.com poster, the most common theory at the time was that a disgruntled RMN employee, with the help of a friend at the Post, had been able to sneak it in to the column before it went to print. Someone pretending to be Schefter “filed a late note. It said, ‘Add to Adam’s notebook.’ He did this all the time.”

And you thought your office politics were bad.

Would someone forward this to John Fox, please?

4th Down: When to Go for It and Why
www.nytimes.com

First, the No. 1 lesson from my 10 years of data analysis about what to do on fourth down: Teams need to go for it much more often than they do. It does get a little complicated toward the end of games, but coaches should almost always consider going for it.

Obviously, we wouldn't even dream of Foxy going for it on fourth-and-one within his own territory, even less the nine-yard line.

But fewer (zero) 19- and twenty-something yard field goals, and fewer (zero) punts within plus territory, would be a nice start.

More proof that Peyton Manning’s playoff narrative is unfair

2014 NFL Preview: The Broncos vs. The Hopefuls
fivethirtyeight.com

In the playoffs, Manning’s average QBR was 68.4, for a decline of 6.4 points. But the average QBR for other quarterbacks who played his playoff opponents was 41.9, an average decline of 8.9 points.

When you're dragging a team that doesn't belong there (whether due to talent or injuries) deep into the playoffs, you can't win them all, as Peyton was just telling his good friend, John Elway.

The one glaring omission here is a comparison to someone like, say, Tom Brady.