Denver Broncos News - Horse Tracks - 9/29/10

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Broncos' offense a mix of good, bad - The Denver Post
There are no glasses half full on Mondays after losses. The week starts at Dove Valley with coaches figuring out why the glass is half empty.

Holding edge against Johnson key for defense - The Denver Post
Titans running back Chris Johnson makes the edge a sharp edge for a defense.

Analysis: Chiefs face tough tests after bye - The Denver Post
Three games down and things in the AFC West are still unexpectedly topsy-turvy, with the Chiefs the lone team in the division with more than one win and one of only three undefeated teams in the league.

Q&A: Path to Super Bowl starts within division - The Denver Post
Q: When is the next time the Broncos will be a Super Bowl contender?

Glory days in Denver sports fading fast - The Denver Post
Not that I want to be the Grim Reaper or anything, but has it occurred to anyone else that Colorado sports are in danger of slipping into the Dark Ages?

NFL Game Center: Denver Broncos at Tennessee Titans - 2010 Week 4
The Broncos have moved the ball well offensively, but they haven't been able to get into the end zone enough. Doing so against this physical opponent on the road will not be easy.

NFL.com news: McCarthy's challenge raises red flag, costs Packers chance
Sometimes the emotion and frustration of the game can cause you to make a mistake. It is the nature of the business because there are only 16 games (soon to be 18) and each one is critical, but the ones in your own division have even greater importance.

NFL.com news: Taking pass on the pass might prove beneficial for Cowboys
The Cowboys rose from the depths of 0-2 to get a much-needed win in Houston on Sunday. Yes, the defense was stifling. Yes, quarterback Tony Romo played almost flawlessly. But there was this little thing the Cowboys kept doing that might've shocked everyone this side of Don Meredith.

NFL.com news: Week 3 awards watch: McCluster one of league's top rookies
After watching his Kansas City Chiefs stumble to a 4-12 mark behind a scattershot offense, coach Todd Haley entered the offseason intent on adding playmakers.

NFL.com news: Ex-Bill Schobel works out for Texans but elects to stay retired
Part of me wanted to do it," Schobel said Tuesday. "It wasn't meant to be. We couldn't agree on terms. They saw me for what I am today and not for what I can be. It's over.

NFL.com news: Dispute between Packers' Collins, Bears fan under investigation
NFL officials are investigating a confrontation between Green Bay Packers safety Nick Collins and a fan after Monday night's loss to the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field.

NFL.com news: NFL, union meet to discuss 18-game season, other issues
The NFL and its players' union discussed a proposal to change to an 18-game regular season during a bargaining session Tuesday.

NFL.com news: Jaguars claim ex-Bills QB Edwards, put heat on Garrard
Showing just how frustrated they are with quarterback David Garrard, the Jacksonville Jaguars claimed former Buffalo Bills starter Trent Edwards off waivers Tuesday.

NFL.com news: Agent: Carney to return again to kick for Saints
Veteran kicker John Carney is returning to the New Orleans Saints, his third stint with the reigning Super Bowl champions.

NFL.com news: Chargers lose LB English for 4 to 6 weeks with injured foot
Coming off a tough loss at Seattle, the Chargers were hit with more bad news Tuesday afternoon: Outside linebacker Larry English had foot surgery and is expected to miss four to six weeks, the team announced.

NFL.com news: Seahawks sign former Broncos WR Stokley, two others
The Seattle Seahawks have signed former Denver Broncos wide receiver Brandon Stokley, reuniting him with offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates.

Brandstater released, Sanders, Gonzalez ruled out | National Football Post
The Indianapolis Colts released quarterback Tom Brandstater from the practice squad and ruled out safety Bob Sanders (biceps tendon) and wide receiver Anthony Gonzalez (high ankle sprain) for Sunday's game against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Inside the playbook: the Saints' deep ball | National Football Post
On Sunday, in the Falcons 27-24 OT victory over the Saints, we got a chance to see the deep ball come into play — for both teams. This morning, let’s spend some time looking at Drew Brees’ 80-yard TD pass to WR Lance Moore. A complete breakdown using the chalkboard and the TV tape to illustrate why New Orleans beat the Atlanta Cover 3 look using a classic route scheme: 4 Verticals, or, in this case, "999."

Early Ripe and Late Rotten? | National Football Post
After a MNF game, the post-mortem can be a complicated process. But last night's win by the Bears over the Packers came down to two easily quantifiable factors for me. First, "Old Faces." Devin Hester has become so comfortable with Mike Martz's offense as he becomes an excellent NFL WR that he got to go back to being the best KR we have seen in many years. Julius Peppers is doing something free agents don't usually do, giving value despite silly money in the $20 million range.

Asked and answered: Tuesday's mailbag | National Football Post
Appreciating the reader response to this feature last week, here are a few answers to some of the more popular questions received this week:

Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger preparing for return - Peter King - SI.com
A week from now, one of the big stories in the league -- maybe the biggest story in the league -- will be Ben Roethlisberger returning to the Steelers after his four-week suspension. What kind of mood will Roethlisberger will be in? Will he be humbled, chastened? And in a football sense, will he be ready to return after the Steelers' bye week to resume his starting role on a Super Bowl contender?

Dungy shoots down Minnesota rumor, critiques 18-game schedule - Dan Patrick.com
Dungy shot down reports the University of Minnesota is looking at him as their next coach. The school is reportedly interested in Dungy and former NFL coordinator Marc Trestman.

Dez Bryant Picks Up $55,000 Dinner Tab for Cowboys Teammates -- NFL FanHouse
Dez Bryant probably should have opted to carry Roy Williams' pads.

Michael Vick, Donovan McNabb matchup in NFL Week 4 is must-see game - Don Banks - SI.com
Before we turn our attention to Week 4 and the Armageddon that will be the Donovan McNabb vs. Michael Vick Bowl in Philadelphia on Sunday, 10 final observations on an intriguing Week 3 ...

Special-teams coverage hurting Chargers - NFL - Yahoo! Sports
In the aftermath of the San Diego Chargers’ second loss in three games, the knee-jerk observation is that wide receiver Vincent Jackson’s(notes) absence is hurting the team.

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | Week 3 DVOA Ratings
Green Bay remains on top of the Football Outsiders ratings after three weeks, despite last night's close 20-17 loss to Chicago. The Packers' first two victories were big enough to keep a below-average game from knocking them out of the top slot. Before applying opponent adjustments -- those won't start until next week -- last night's game was the rare contest where both teams ended up with a rating below 0%. All of those False Start penalties result in a penalty for one team, but they don't boost the rating of the defense involved. The same goes for the two missed field goals (yes, that includes the one that was blocked, since blocking field goals isn't generally a predictive event).


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