Horse Tracks 11/30/09 - Broncos return to practice today; Chargers pummel Chiefs to remain 1 game ahead of Denver

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DPP - Broncos need Orton to stay healthy - Mike Klis
"The Broncos resume practice today in preparation for their game Sunday at Kansas City's Arrowhead Stadium. Injuries to watch are Marcus Thomas (shoulder), Wesley Woodyard (neck), Ty Law (hamstring), Eddie Royal (thigh) and Knowshon Moreno (wrist)."

DPP - Analysis: Broncos have rotten record in December games played in Kansas City - Jeff Legwold
"The Broncos are 1-16 in December games in Kansas City."

DPP - Q&A: Does Brandon Marshall still want out? - Jeff Legwold
"My contract is over in a month and a half, so I'll be able to accomplish the things I want to accomplish. There will be a team out there willing to trade for anybody, I mean anybody, who has accomplished the things that I've accomplished." Wow. Missed that one....

ESPN - Phillips apologizes to McDaniels - Bill WIlliamson

DB - The "D’s" back in Defense - Mark Cooper

AP - Broncos coach McDaniels airs his grievances

NFL Results

NFL - Kansas City Chiefs 14 at San Diego Chargers 43

NFL - Tampa Bay Buccaneers 17 at Atlanta Falcons 20

NFL - Miami Dolphins 14 at Buffalo Bills 31

NFL - Washington Redskins 24 at Philadelphia Eagles 27

NFL - Seattle Seahawks 27 at St. Louis Rams 17

NFL - Carolina Panthers 6 at New York Jets 17

NFL - Cleveland Browns 7 at Cincinnati Bengals 16

NFL - Indianapolis Colts 35 at Houston Texans 27

NFL - Jacksonville Jaguars 3 at San Francisco 49ers 20

NFL - Chicago Bears 10 at Minnesota Vikings 36

NFL - Arizona Cardinals 17 at Tennessee Titans 20

NFL - Pittsburgh Steelers 17 at Baltimore Ravens 20

AFC West News

SDUT - Prelude to 'month of perfection' - Kevin Acee

SDUT - Rivers considers heave his highlight

SDUT - Tomlinson keeps movin' up, passing Allen and James

SDUT - Despite injuries, defense thrives - Kevin Acee

SDUT - Chargers Top 50 honored in various ways - Tod Leonard

SDUT - Facing losers, it's time to prey - Nick Canepa

SDUT - Gates learned through pain - Tim Sullivan

KCS - Chiefs get zapped by Chargers 43-14 - Adam Teicher

KCS - Chiefs show their immaturity in loss - Jason Whitlock

KCS - Chargers burn Chiefs secondary with big plays - Kent Babb

KCS - Chiefs receiver Chambers proves something to his former team - Kent Babb

KCS - Charles makes good plays — and a bad one - Adam Teicher

KCS - Chiefs blitz | Niswanger has bad day snapping the ball - Adam Teicher & Kent Babb

KCS - Chiefs notes | Haley may rethink future holiday breaks - Kent Babb

KCS - Grading the Chiefs - Adam Teicher

NFL News

NFL - Report: Browns' Rogers out for season with left leg injury

NFL - Source: Giants' Manning developed stress reaction in injured foot

NFL - Eagles WR Jackson suffers concussion in win over Redskins

NFL - Falcons QB Ryan, RB Turner exit game vs. Bucs with injuries

Concussions

NFL - Report: Goodell will expand restrictions concerning head trauma

NYT - As Signs of Concern Spread, N.F.L. Revisits Concussions - Greg Bishop

FH - Merril Hoge: Concussion Nearly Killed Me In Locker Room - Will Brinson

FH - Steelers at Odds Following OT Loss - Thomas George

NFL Opinion

PFW - Speculation increases about 'rock star' coaches

NFL - Forget Brady, Brees, and Manning; Favre is the league's MVP - Vic Carucci

CBS - Week 12 Judgements: Titans feeling Young at heart - Clark Judge

SI - Ray Rice, Kenny Britt, Dennis Dixon in spotlight of Week 12 in the NFL - Peter King

Y! - Rally shows QB Young in a different light - Charles Robinson

ESPN - Last Call: Wrapping up Week 12 - John Clayton

FOX - NFC East coming down to Eagles and Cowboys - Jimmy Johnson

NFL - Separating the contenders (Titans) from the pretenders (Cowboys) - Jason La Canfora
"Winning at Arrowhead will be tough, and even though they stopped their skid by beating the Giants, they might not win again until they host the Chiefs in the season finale, matching last year's collapse." Here's La Canfora doing his best John Clayton impression. Isn't La Canfora a reporter of news, not a football analyst?!?! When did he get into the predicting business?

NYT - For Saints’ Drew Brees, Stature Doesn’t Dictate Success - Judy Battista

PFW - Saints got steal in free agent Sharper - Mike Wilkening

NFP - Are Kubiak’s days in Houston numbered? - Dave Miller

SI - Kubiak must go, the amazing Colts, coaching blunders - Don Banks
"You can add another notch to Darrelle Revis's belt. The Jets' shutdown cornerback -- and we don't toss that label around lightly -- not only limited Carolina receiver Steve Smith to one catch for 5 yards, he picked off Delhomme twice, returning the first one 67 yards for a touchdown. Why does anyone throw in Revis's direction these days?

I don't quite get the intricacies of the Jets' new color-coded offensive system that is designed to help rookie quarterback Mark Sanchez better protect the football, but something worked against Carolina. Sanchez threw just one interception in completing 13 of 17 for 154 yards and no touchdowns. Given that he's been a turnover machine in recent weeks, that's progress."

I don't mean to pick on Banks (really, I like him), but as I went to the Jets game yesterday, it's quite obvious to me that Banks didn't see any of the game and is writing his observations off the box score. Revis' first INT came when a Delhomme pass bounced literally five yards in the air off Steve Smith's back foot. Totally bizarre, and Revis was not covering Smith, nor anywhere remotely close to the guy. Revis' second INT came when he was beaten down the sideline by Smith, but Delhomme severely underthrew him. Yes, Revis made a nice play and was in the right place to make it, but he was chasing Smith down the sideline at that point. Terrible throw by Delhomme, but by no means a bad decision.

As for Sanchez, the guy looked absolutely terrible yesterday. I'm shocked that he only had 4 incompletions, as many of his throws were at the feet of receivers. Meanwhile, Sanchez looked frantic in the pocket and displayed happy feet even when given adequate protection. His INT was a terrible one, coming as the Jets were trying to simply protect the lead and waste some 4th-quarter clock. Again, I don't mean to pick on Banks...but this is some shoddy writing....

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