Denver Broncos News: Horse Tracks - 12/25/12

Kaptain Kirk 12/25/12

Horse Tracks: Your Daily Cup of Orange and Blue!

Merry Christmas MHR!


I bestow upon you a gift via Jeremy Bolander (aka Styg). Call it a touch of insight or an abbreviation of MHR-University, but here is something that can explain Ronnie Hillman's dearth of playing time.

How Georgia Lost the SEC Championship - RB Pass Pro


Next Day Notebook: A Merry Christmas Eve
Riding a 10-game win streak, the Broncos are enjoying their holiday season.

If the Playoffs Started This Week: Week 17 " DenverBroncos.com
With one week left in the regular season, plenty is still up in the air in the AFC playoffs.

Get to Know: Jay Rodgers
DenverBroncos.com chats with Defensive Line Coach Jay Rodgers.

Elvis Dumervil: The Closer
7.5 of Elvis Dumervil’s 11 sacks in 2012 have come in the fourth quarter. His timely performances have been a staple of Denver’s success this season.

Q&A with Britton Colquitt
DenverBroncos.com talks one-on-one with punter Britton Colquitt about his strong start to 2012 and the birth of his son this past offseason.

Inside the Numbers: Week 16 " DenverBroncos.com
9 Wide receiver Demaryius Thomas tied a career high with nine catches and topped the 100-yard mark for the sixth game of the season on Sunday.

Denver Broncos Videos

Fox on Manning, 10 Straight Wins and K.C.
Head Coach John Fox talks about how the team has rolled to a 12-3 record.

NFL Network: Broncos vs. Browns Highlights
Peyton Manning throws for 339 yards and three touchdowns helping the Denver Broncos get their 10th straight win in a 34-12 victory over the Cleveland Browns.

Most Dangerous AFC Team - ESPN Video - ESPN
Ron Jaworski and Merril Hoge think the Broncos are the most dangerous team in the AFC because their offense is clicking behind Peyton Manning and strong defense.

Most Dangerous NFC Team - ESPN Video - ESPN
Ron Jaworski thinks the Seattle Seahawks' explosive offense makes them the most dangerous team in the NFC, but Merril Hoge thinks the Green Bay Packers may be more dangerous now that they're healthy.

Who Deserves Rookie Of The Year? - ESPN Video - ESPN
"First Take" debates who is the most deserving of the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year.

Denver Broncos Blogs

Broncos' Peyton Manning explains why TE Jacob Tamme is key on offense - The Denver Post - Jeff Legwold
The Broncos have a 4,000-yard passer in Peyton Manning. They are 12 receiving yards for Eric Decker in Sunday's regular-season finale from having two 1,000-yard wide receivers. And they are second in the league in scoring.

Broncos emerge as favorite to win Super Bowl; Patriots ranking second - The Denver Post - Mike Klis
Las Vegas believes in the Broncos.

Broncos realize it's best to hit playoffs with a head of steam - The Denver Post - Jeff Legwold
Is it hot in here or is it just the Broncos?

Denver Broncos coach John Fox shares credit for run to 99 career victories - The Denver Post - Mike Klis
John Fox of the Broncos is in line to become the 40th coach in NFL history to record 100 victories.

Broncos' John Fox seeks 100th win, endorses Peyton Manning for MVP - The Denver Post - Mike Klis
Everybody else is weighing in on the NFL MVP race, why can't Broncos coach John Fox?

2012 Broncos so far drafting one of best seasons in franchise history - The Denver Post - Jeff Legwold
Q: Assuming that the 12-3 Broncos can get past the 2-13 Chiefs in Week 17, the Broncos will match the 2005 team's regular-season record of 13-3 and approach the team's best of 14-2, recorded in 1998.

Broncos rookie RB Ronnie Hillman continues to work on pass protection - The Denver Post - Jeff Legwold
Little by little, the Broncos have seen glimmers of what they want from rookie running back Ronnie Hillman. They hope there's more to come.

Denver Broncos' tunnel-vision mantra leading to season of success - The Denver Post
After the Broncos' video department has completed its work of packaging snippets of Kansas City game tape, specific for each Denver position coach, some time likely will be spent on gathering pertinent plays and formations of teams the Broncos could face in the playoffs.

Tuesday Morning QB: Packers' Aaron Rodgers tops 2012 final rankings - The Denver Post
Sorry, fans, but these are the final QB rankings of the regular season.

Would a retractable lid boost Denver's bid to host Super Bowl? - The Denver Post
Some Broncos fans and city boosters wonder if a big lid over Sports Authority Field at Mile High would improve Denver's chances of hosting a Super Bowl.

John Fox makes his case for Peyton Manning for MVP | ProFootballTalk
The NFL Most Valuable Player award seems to be a two-man race heading into Week 17, with Vikings running back Adrian Peterson and Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning the contenders.

ProFootballWeekly.com - AFC West Spin cycle: Broncos taking care of business
Another typical week in the AFC West — the Broncos dominated, the Raiders and Chiefs fell and the Chargers took advantage of a weak opponent

Denver Broncos: Moving on - AFC West Blog - ESPN
Here are some areas the Denver Broncos need to focus on after a 34-12 home win over the Cleveland Browns on Sunday:

Denver Broncos' eye on ... Kansas City Chiefs - The Denver Post
For the record: With a 20-13 home loss Sunday to Indianapolis, Kansas City dropped to 2-13. That's tied with Jacksonville for the NFL's worst record with one game remaining.

Division News

Oakland Raiders: Moving On - AFC West Blog - ESPN
Here are some areas the Oakland Raiders need to focus on after a 17-6 road loss at Carolina on Sunday:

Carson Palmer out, no decision yet on Pryor or Leinart starting | ProFootballTalk
We don’t yet know who the Raiders’ starting quarterback for Sunday’s season finale will be. But we know who it won’t be.

Time to look at Terrelle Pryor - AFC West Blog - ESPN
We know Carson Palmer will not play in the Oakland Raiders’ season finale on Sunday in San Diego.

Raiders said they wanted to "take out" Cam Newton | ProFootballTalk
The Raiders admitted after the game they were trying to "take out" Panthers quarterback Cam Newton.

Kansas City: Moving On - AFC West Blog - ESPN
Here are some areas the Kansas City Chiefs need to focus on after a 20-13 home loss to the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday:

Chiefs set dubious record in loss to Colts | ProFootballTalk
The Kansas City Chiefs have not had a good season and major change figures to come almost immediately after they close out the season next Sunday.

San Diego Chargers: Moving On - AFC West Blog - ESPN
Here are some areas the San Diego Chargers need to focus on after a 27-17 road win over the New York Jets on Sunday:

NFL News

2013 NFL Draft order ... if the season ended today - NFL.com
Below is how the 2013 NFL Draft order would look if the season ended today. And since we all know there's one week left, much can change.

Jason Witten sets TE record in Cowboys loss | ProFootballTalk
Cowboys tight end Jason Witten began his season with a lacerated spleen, and finished with a record.

Record-Breaking Weekend in the N.F.L. - NYTimes.com
Sunday was a record-setting day in the N.F.L. In case you missed it….

Redskins kicker Kai Forbath sets NFL record | ProFootballTalk
Not only did the Washington Redskins earn their sixth straight victory with a win over the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday, kicker Kai Forbath found his way into the record books.

2013 Draft

ProFootballWeekly.com - Top five bowls bursting with draft prospects
The annual college bowl season means many things to many people.

What NFP is hearing - Draft Rumblings | National Football Post
Russ Lande relays what he is hearing from NFL sources about four prospects.

Miscellaneous Stuff

ProFootballWeekly.com - Megatron best of new breed of WRs
I spent the Saturday evening before Christmas on the sidelines at Ford Field in Detroit, working on the Dial Global radio broadcast of the game between the Falcons and Lions.

Beanie Wells: My time with Arizona Cardinals is ending - NFL.com
When the Arizona Cardinals made Beanie Wells their first-round pick in the 2009 NFL Draft, they thought they were getting a running back who would become a staple of their offense.

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