Denver Broncos News: Horse Tracks - 12/21/12

Ron Chenoy-US PRESSWIRE

Horse Tracks: Your Daily Cup of Orange and Blue!

Strength Versus Strength
Denver's stout run defense will take on the Browns' Trent Richardson on Sunday.

Broncos Bracing For Weeden
Linebacker Von Miller and the Denver defense know they are taking on a talented rookie in Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden.

Manning Still Eyeing Improvements " DenverBroncos.com
For quarterback Peyton Manning, an 11-3 record and a nine-game winning streak don’t mean the Broncos have arrived.

Beadles Talks Man of the Year Award
Guard Zane Beadles discusses being nominated as the Broncos' candidate for the Walter Payton Man of the Year award.

Denver Broncos Videos

Extra Meaning for Adams
Safety Mike Adams spent five seasons with the Browns and will make sure the defense is ready for Sunday.

Miller Remembers Playing Weeden
Von Miller talks about preparing for the Browns and the first time he faced Brandon Weeden back in college.

Zane Beadles Recognized With Award
Recognized for his work in the Denver community, Zane Beadles won the team's Walter Payton Man of the Year award

Bailey: 'Stopping the Run is Just an Attitude'
Champ Bailey on preparing for the Browns and why the team's run defense has improved.

Countdown Daily Prediction: Browns-Broncos - ESPN Video - ESPN
The NFL Live crew makes their picks for Cleveland at Denver

NFL Draft Blitz: Bowl Game Prospects - ESPN Video - ESPN
Kevin Weidl and Steve Muench talk about a few draft prospects from the early bowl games including Margus Hunt, Phillip Thomas, Eric Fisher and Kyle Long

Countdown Daily Prediction: Colts-Chiefs - ESPN Video - ESPN
The NFL Live crew makes their picks for Indianapolis at Kansas City

Countdown Daily Prediction: Chargers-Jets - ESPN Video - ESPN
The NFL Live crew makes their picks for San Diego at the New York Jets

Countdown Daily Prediction: Raiders-Panthers - ESPN Video - ESPN
The NFL Live crew makes their picks for Oakland at Carolina

Denver Broncos Blogs

Broncos' stout rush defense doesn't surprise Champ Bailey | First-and-Orange — The Denver Post
Entering Sunday’s home game against Cleveland, the Broncos rank first among AFC teams in rushing defense, allowing just 91.0 ground yards per game

Broncos working with rookie back Ronnie Hillman on pass protection
It was there for the viewing audience to see, never mind the Broncos coaching staff: rookie running back Ronnie Hillman missed a block in pass protection that led to one of the two sacks against Peyton Manning last weekend in the Denver win at Baltimore.

Broncos' practice back on familiar turf Thursday
After being forced to practice indoors Wednesday because of the snow, the Broncos were back on their Dove Valley practice fields Thursday to prepare for Sunday’s 2:05 p.m. home game against Cleveland.

Robert Ayers' progress with Broncos skewed by draft slot, new coaches - The Denver Post - Jeff Legwold
Q: What about Robert Ayers? I've seen him play well, and he always seems to run with a high motor ... and seems to be around the ball a lot for a guy who is supposedly a bust?

Broncos coordinators Jack Del Rio, Mike McCoy could see job offers soon - The Denver Post - Jeff Legwold
There is plenty of football left to be played this season, but with every Denver victory, the Broncos' offensive and defensive coordinators — Mike McCoy and Jack Del Rio — are likely to get more consideration for an NFL head coaching job when the season is over.

Peyton Manning knows what this year's rookie QB class is going through - The Denver Post - Jeff Legwold
In this remember-when year for rookie quarterbacks, there are four NFL passers who have thrown at least 17 interceptions this season.

Denver Broncos' coordinator Jack Del Rio showcases Jack-of-all-trades defensive style - The Denver Post - Mike Klis
Jack Del Rio finally did it. He is finally coaching a team that is getting the better of Peyton Manning.

Broncos rookie report: Brock Osweiler soon to log first pass attempt? - The Denver Post - Jeff Legwold
DT Derek Wolfe — Wolfe had his fourth sack of the year and his seventh tackle for loss of the season Sunday against the Ravens.

Quarterbacks in Class of 2012 off to one heckuva collective start
Most years, what Browns rookie quarterback Brandon Weeden has done — 3,281 yards passing, 14 touchdowns — would look OK.

Tracy Porter forced to watch, and wait for chance | ProFootballTalk
Broncos cornerback Tracy Porter hasn’t played in a game since Oct. 7, after he suffered symptoms similar to a previous seizure.

ProFootballWeekly.com - Writing's on wall for Heckert, Shurmur in Cleveland
It’s amazing how fast fortunes can change in the NFL.

Division News

One guy to watch - AFC West Blog - ESPN
Denver, returner Trindon Holliday: Holliday almost lost two fumbles in the Week 15 victory at Baltimore.

Carson Palmer says patience paying off for Raiders offense | ProFootballTalk
The Raiders didn’t score a touchdown in last week’s victory over the Chiefs, but the day wasn’t without successes for the offense.

Terrelle Pryor to see more spot duty for Raiders | ProFootballTalk
Oakland Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor saw his first game action of the season in the team’s victory over the Kansas City Chiefs last week.

ProFootballWeekly.com - Mathews' injury keeps RB spot as Chargers priority
Chargers GM A.J. Smith added RBs Jackie Battle and Ronnie Brown and FB Le’Ron McClain this past offseason for depth reasons. After all, his first-round running back, Ryan Mathews, had missed six games in his first two seasons.

NFL News

NFL tells coaches to remind receivers about illegal crackback blocks | ProFootballTalk
Although defensive players often say that the NFL has favored the offense with its player safety rules, the NFL’s head of officiating is also telling coaches that they need to make sure their offensive players aren’t committing any illegal blocks on defensive players.

Week 17 flex comes into focus | ProFootballTalk
When the schedule comes out in April, most of the prime time games look very good on paper. With the passage of time (and, more accurately, the playing of games), the contests scheduled for high-profile slots suddenly become not as compelling.

NFL Communications - HGH: Why Should Football Fans Care? "
The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee today distributed a press release and a new video – "HGH: Why Should Football Fans Care?"

2013 Draft

No-Huddle Series: WR Darius Johnson, SMU | The Rookie Scouting Portfolio
Run and Shoot coaching disciple June Jones has coached his share of star receivers both at the college and professional level.

Miscellaneous Stuff

David Akers quits Twitter after death threat | ProFootballTalk
It’s no wonder many players are beginning to think social media simply isn’t worth it.

Twitter threats should be prosecuted | ProFootballTalk
The best thing about Twitter is that it allows pro athletes to interact directly with fans.

Adrian Peterson leads Top 10 NFL comebacks from injury - ESPN
What Adrian Peterson is doing is nothing short of miraculous.

Texans plan to out-do Cowboys with even bigger video boards | ProFootballTalk
Look out, Jerry Jones. The Houston Texans are planning to take your title as the owners of America’s largest HD TV.

MJD won’t ask Jags for an extension this offseason | ProFootballTalk
Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew isn’t practicing on Thursday, which makes it difficult to imagine he’ll be playing against the Patriots this weekend.

Mendenhall says "a lot of thought" went in to his decision to ditch Chargers game | ProFootballTalk
Like an increasing number of spectators, Steelers running back Rashard Mendenhall decided earlier this month to watch the game at home.

Which teams devote the most cap room to their starters? | National Football Post
Despite a 6-8 record, the New York Jets lead the way.

Bernard Pollard says Ravens have "been exposed" | ProFootballTalk
Despite clinching a playoff berth last weekend, the Baltimore Ravens are a team with a myriad of issues with just two weeks to go in the regular season.

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