ReFo: Broncos @ Colts, Week 7
Manning wasn’t the only player returning in this game – the Broncos got Von Miller back after his suspension and though he took a little while to warm up, by the second quarter he was timing the snap well and terrorizing the Colts’ line. He didn’t earn a sack from his performance but notched two knockdowns and six further pressures from 35 pass rushes, double that of the next best Broncos defender.
Peyton Manning's homecoming highlights Week 7 in the NFL
How you react to your ex’s happiness depends on two factors. The first is your current romantic situation. If you are eating microwave beef stew over the kitchen sink for dinner, or dating someone who crushes cigarettes out in Sambuca shot glasses, you may find yourself bitter and stalkery. If your love life is providing even a little fulfillment, it’s easier to move on.
Typically hilarious stuff from Tanier. However, given the content of Jim Irsay's tweeting history, it may actually be more truth than metaphor.
Week 7 N.F.L. Probabilities: Jets Over Patriots
0.48 Denver at Indianapolis 0.52
Anyone who saw the efficiency numbers from earlier in the week shouldn't be surprised by these probabilities.
A couple of things to keep in mind: one, Burke isn't "picking" these games - his model is. Two, the data also isn't suggesting Sunday's game will be close - rather, that if these two teams were to play 100 times in Indy, the Colts should win 52 times.
So, when PMFM drops 50 points on Irsay's boys and tells Jim to GFH, he won't have proven Burke's math wrong, per se.
“That part right there takes more young quarterbacks down than the other part,” Elway said. “It’s not the physical part, usually. The physical part, as far as athletically, throwing the ball, moving around, that doesn’t get most young quarterbacks. It’s the task of the job, having the job, the pressure that comes with the job, the responsibility that goes along with the job. To me that’s the hardest part to overcome when you start out.”
“And you have to be the calming influence. On and off the field there’s no question about that, it was like I never wanted anybody to know they hurt me,” Elway said. “If they got a good shot on me and I couldn’t breathe, I made sure I got up to let them know they didn’t affect what I’m doing. It’s the same thing in that huddle, there’s a calming force you have to be, no matter the chaos, no matter if we’re all frustrated, no matter if we’re having a bad day, somehow you’ve got to be the guy to try to straighten things out, the one to figure out how to win a game. And if it’s not your day as a quarterback, figure out whose day it is and get them in a position to get everybody out of there with a win, some how, some way. Once you prove to yourself you can do it, then your teammates will trust you, rely on you and then you can make it something special.”
Legwold got some interesting quotes from Elway in this piece on Andrew Luck.
Here's some food for thought, though: if something were to happen to Peyton Manning, does Brock Osweiler have the traits Elway describes above?
“I don’t have any regrets. I am still as happy as I can be to be a Falcon,” Gonzalez said, via the team’s official website. “I know there was trade rumors out there. I didn’t ask for a trade. That wasn’t me. I signed up and this is the team. I came back to play with these guys on the team and I’m enjoying myself win, lose or draw.
The Broncos are and will be better than the Chiefs. Still, I'm hoping they aren't in the mood to try and add some additional offensive firepower.
Tony Dungy: Chiefs have ‘perfect formula’ to play Denver
“I’m anxious to see (the Chiefs) play Denver, because they have the perfect formula,” Dungy said. “They can run the ball, they’re patient on offense, and defensively they can get pressure without going to maximum blitzes. They will give Denver all they can handle. I love that defense. They’ve got speed and athleticism and speed at every part of the defense.”
“If there is any team looking down the road you think may hit him a little bit, it’s the Kansas City Chiefs, the way they come after the quarterback. That’s the matchup. I don’t think it’s as much a shoo-in that Denver is going to knock them off because of Kansas City’s lack of offense, because of the way they’re going to be able to hit Peyton, or I think they will.”
The second quote is from Cris Collinsworth. Rodney Harrison, their NBC colleague, counters that none of the Chiefs' opponents thus far have winning records. Of course, neither have the Broncos...
Report: League considers adding more Thursday games
According to Matthew Futterman and Shalini Ramachandran of the Wall Street Journal, the NFL is considering adding more Thursday night games to its current slate of 13 televised by NFL Network.
Per the report, the league could stage some Thursday night doubleheaders, with games being televised on networks other than the league-owned broadcast operation.
Tuesday Night Football, anyone?
Fox Defends Manning
“I saw the comments, and to be honest with you I thought it was a bit of a cheap shot,” Fox told the hosts. “To me, in my opinion, they were disappointing and inappropriate. Peyton would never say anything, he’s too classy to do that, but they sounded a little ungrateful and unappreciative to me, for a guy that’s set a standard, won a Super Bowl, won division titles, won four MVP awards. I’d be thankful of that one Super Bowl ring, because a lot of people don’t have one.”
Fox, of course, is referring to comments from Colts owner Jim Irsay, who - during a hiatus from lauding his former QB - suggested that cutting Peyton Manning in favor of drafting Andrew Luck was about pursuing championships instead of individual statistics. Anyone think Peyton took note?
King Signed to Active Roster, Robinson Waived
The Broncos have signed wide receiver Tavarres King to the active roster from the team’s practice squad and waived linebacker Adrian Robinson, the club announced on Tuesday.
Of Denver's seven 2013 draft picks, five are now on the active roster, while Quanterus Smith is on IR, and Vinston Painter is on the practice squad.
Orlando Franklin hobbled, Von Miller back as Broncos start practice week
King is on the Broncos’ practice squad but Green Bay has offered him a spot on its 53-man roster. The Broncos, though, were trying to keep their fifth-round pick.
“I’d like to stay here,” King said. “But we’re talking about a spot on the 53. It’s a business. We’re still trying to sort it all out. We probably won’t know until (Tuesday) morning.”
We'll presume that Green Bay's interest in Tavarres King stems from the knee injury to WR Randall Cobb, who may be out for as long as a month. Not sure there's anything short of adding him to their own 53-man roster that Denver could do to convince Tavarres to stick around. After all, we're talking about a far higher salary and the potential for NFL playing time.