Denver Broncos News: Horse Tracks - 12/31/11


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Today is the last Friday of the regular season. Thus, we are going to start things off with a quote from Head Coach John Fox about the team’s mindset heading into the finale against the Kansas City Chiefs.

A new survey puts Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow at the top of the list for the most desired celebrity neighbor.

As you would expect 17 weeks into an NFL regular season, injuries will play as big a role as anything else Sunday when the Broncos try to earn their first playoff spot since 2005.

A brief lookahead to Week 17's Kansas City-Denver game:

Denver Broncos Video

Week 17 - Friday: Fox
Head Coach John Fox outlines the week's final injury report and talks about the opportunity in front of the team.

NFL Videos: Playbook: Chiefs vs. Broncos
03:28 – The Broncos need a win this Sunday to make the playoffs, but the Chiefs look to play the spoiler against this hated division rival. Our experts break down the potential pitfalls for the Broncos in this important divisional game.

NFL Videos: Tebow's fine print
01:21 – Kyle Orton might be looking for some Tim Tebow payback in more ways than one when the Chiefs travel to Denver on Sunday.

NFL Videos: Is it really Orton vs. Tebow?
04:45 – Are the two quarterbacks going to be the difference Sunday? Mike Klis of The Denver Post says only one really will be the difference-maker in this matchup.

NFL Videos: Playbook: Chiefs vs. Broncos
03:28 – The Broncos need a win this Sunday to make the playoffs, but the Chiefs look to play the spoiler against this hated division rival. Our experts break down the potential pitfalls for the Broncos in this important divisional game.

Denver Broncos News

Yellow Jacket Connection " DenverBroncos.com
Broncos wide receiver Demaryius Thomas spent his first season at Georgia Tech with Lions Pro Bowl wideout Calvin Johnson.

Broncos center Walton has connections to two Heismans - The Denver Post
J.D. Walton and Heisman Trophy are not about degrees of separation but rather a multiple connection..

As Stakes Rise, Tebow’s Lessons Continue
One of Tim Tebow’s four interceptions thrown in the second half against the Bills last Saturday was retroactively changed to a fumble.

Broncos' defense is slumping, but most of the team's woes rest elsewhere - The Denver Post
Q: Why is it that nobody talking about the defense after Buffalo?

Chiefs' wide receiver Dwyane Bowe has a gift for grab - The Denver Post
Having battled so frequently, Broncos cornerback Champ Bailey and Kansas City wide receiver Dwayne Bowe must know each other's mannerisms

Broncos' Bailey: Orton's work on scout team was big asset - The Denver Post
Broncos cornerback Champ Bailey offered a different take on his team's defense facing Chiefs quarterback Kyle Orton on Sunday.

Woody Paige: Time has come for Tebow Time - The Denver Post
Tebow, it's time.Time to play your best NFL game in 14 starts at quarterback.

Tebow, Orton motivated for different reasons in season finale | NFL.com
How awkward was the dynamic between Kyle Orton and Tim Tebow in Denver earlier this season? On the eve of the momentous Chiefs-Broncos finale, Jeff Darlngton provides a glimpse into the QBs' relationship.

5 Keys To A Kansas City Chiefs' Victory Over The Denver Broncos In Week 17 - Arrowhead Pride
Although it's difficult to believe, the Chiefs have finally reached the ultimate game of the regular season, and it's time to meet up with a familiar foe.

I Hereby Resolve To ... Wait, No I Don't And Niether Do You - Arrowhead Pride
It's almost that time when Old Man of one year gives way to New Baby of the next, and a long standing tradition that many of us have is making that New Year's Resolution, making ourselves a promise to improve our lives.

NFL News

N.F.L. Faces Retired Players in a High-Stakes Legal Battle - NYTimes.com
More than a dozen suits say that the N.F.L. and in some cases helmet manufacturers deliberately concealed information about the neurological effects of repeated hits to the head.

Retirement may be option for Hardwick | National Football Post
At age 30, San Diego Chargers center Nick Hardwick is still a very productive player

Final Word: AFC West - AFC West Blog - ESPN
Five nuggets of knowledge about Week 17:

Q & A on NFL Scouting Combine invites | National Football Post
This week the first group of invitations to the annual NFL Scouting Combine went out. This initial group numbers about 250 players.

Mike Shanahan has started looking at college quarterbacks | ProFootballTalk
Mike Shanahan said earlier this week that he has "no doubt" that he’ll be back with the Redskins in 2012.

Saints will win Super Bowl XLVI, other 2012 predictions - Chris Burke - SI.com
7. Denver will bring in a veteran to challenge Tim Tebow for the starting job.

Lockout, Packers, Drew Brees among top 10 NFL stories of 2011 - Don Banks - SI.com
2. Tebow-mania comes to the NFL.

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