Fun fact of the day - according to the popular and traditional measure (yards), the Broncos' defense (262.5) ranks second to that of the Giants (257.7 ypg). Yet, the Giants have allowed 119 points - 80% more than the 66 points Denver has allowed. Consider this next time you want to cite a team's offensive or defensive rank by yardage gained or allowed. It just doesn't matter - find out what the points scored/allowed are, and compare those instead.
NFL - Playbook: Broncos vs. Chargers recap - Video
Mayock looks at Orton and Scheffler, while Billick examines the Broncos' pass rush.
NFP - Diner morning news: Broncos are in control - Mike Lombardi
"They’re for real — and last night proved it to me. I’ve always been concerned about their age and lack of real speed in the secondary, but after playing well the past two weeks against some very good passing teams, I’m a believer."
FH - Tweet This, Cutler: Orton Kicks R Butt - Jay Mariotti
"But now people in Chicago are beginning to grasp why McDaniels was so eager to cast Cutler loose. The two would have gotten along like Jon and Kate Gosselin."
DPP - Paige: McDaniels worth his weight in gold
"McDaniels said the Broncos would be improved and that the schedule couldn't be based on the results of opponents' performances of last season. Rather emphatically, with just the two of us in his office, he added, 'I've never been a part of a losing season since I began playing football.' He gave me a gargantuan clue. I should have listened."
CT - Brett Favre and Kyle Orton: Why the hate? - Rick Morrissey
"He's succeeding with the same wide receivers Cutler supposedly turned into stars. Apparently, Brandon Marshall and Eddie Royal can play a little bit on their own."
CST - Kyle high and Jay low in '09 - Rick Telander
"Sometimes a change of scenery can change your life. And sometimes the team that had you just didn't know how to use you, stroke you or bring out your best. And you wonder: Whose fault is that? And further: Do the Bears ruin their offensive stars?"
DC - Broncos give some hope to the Bills - Bob Matthews
"When the Denver Broncos started 3-0, I wrote that they'd be 3-3 after this week's Monday Night Football game in San Diego. Oops. My apologies to Josh McDaniels..."
CBS - Power Rankings: You win, McDaniels; apologies to you - Pete Prisco
"I'm done being a Denver Broncos skeptic. For weeks, I kept saying they weren't as good as their record... Division race: Over...My doubts about the Broncos: Over."
SPT - Ex-Broncos to play ball in Steamboat - Luke Graham
Dave Studdard, Mark Jackson, Louie Wright, Ron Egloff and Billy Thompson are expected.
BS - It's all in the technique - Ken Murray
LT Jared Gaither should return for the Ravens against the Broncos
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NFL - Member of Chargers' game-day staff dies from injuries after fall
Solemn news. Again, the thoughts of all at MHR go out to Walt Daniels' family and friends and the Chargers organization.
KCS - Chiefs, Broncos have gone in different directions after shaking things up - Kent Babb
Rich Gannon calls the Broncos' myriad roster changes a mere "fine-tuning" because he either doesn't know what he's talking about, or he's trying to be easy on his old Chefs...
ESPN - Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler will leave Twitter trash talk to Cincinnati Bengals' Chad Ochocinco -
"This league is funny. It's all about timing," Cutler said. "You could be one of the best players in the league (referring to Orton) but if you're not in the right system, you don't have the right people around you, there're a lot of different aspects that go into making a player or breaking a player. It's working for Kyle. It's working for Josh, and it's working for the Broncos. They've got a good thing going."
SI - Joe Klecko, Ron Wolf, other potential Pro Football Hall of Famers - Peter King
PK sees the Broncos at Indy for the AFC title game, meaning the Colts will gain the upper hand in their regular-season matchup.
FOX - Schein 9: How to fix NFC East's problems
"Who was that moron who thought Denver was a last-place team during the preseason?"
Y! - Traffic jam for Pro Bowl-caliber QBs - Mike Silver
"3. Denver Broncos: Now that Eddie Royal has been unearthed – and they just essentially clinched the AFC West title – are there any remaining questions about these guys?"