Denver Broncos News: Horse Tracks - 8/27/12

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Notebook: Starting D Stands Out
The Broncos starting defense held the 49ers to three first half first downs and just 14 yards rushing on nine carries Sunday

First-Team Offense Finds Its Groove
Three first-half touchdowns on Sunday afternoon proved that the offense has made substantial preseason progress.

Starters Sharp in Loss to 49ers
Quarterback Peyton Manning led the Broncos to a 17-0 lead and Denver led 24-10 at the half, but San Francisco came away with a 29-24 victory Sunday at Sports Authority Field at Mile High.

Bronco Birthdays

DT Michael Dean Perry (1995-97) ia 47.

WR Jerry Tarr (1962) is 73.

P-WR Billy Van Heusen (1968-76) is 66.

Denver Broncos Videos

Broncos vs. 49ers: Fox
Head Coach John Fox talks about Sunday's 29-24 loss to San Francisco.

Broncos vs. 49ers: Manning
Peyton Manning talks about throwing his first touchdown as a Bronco and the offense's performance in the first half.

Broncos vs. 49ers: Sounds from the Locker Room
Go inside the locker room as players talk about Sunday's preseason loss to the 49ers.

NFLN: Broncos vs. 49ers - Manning Highlights
QB Peyton Manning finished 10-for-12 for 122 yards and two touchdowns against San Francisco.

Broncos vs. 49ers: BTV Highlights
Broncos Vs. 49ers: BTV Highlights Field level highlights from Denver's 29-24 loss to San Francisco.

Manning on Target - ESPN Video - ESPN
Peyton Manning threw for two touchdowns to Eric Decker in 29-24 loss to 49ers.

Manning, Broncos Looking Good - ESPN Video - ESPN
Peyton Manning and John Fox after 29-24 loss to 49ers.

Denver Broncos win while losing to 49ers - Bronco Planet
Are you allowed to get really excited after a loss? Peyton Freakin' Manning was on fire as the Denver Broncos manhandled the stout 49ers defense during the f...

Denver Broncos Blogs

Denver Broncos Position Battle: Who will return kickoffs and punts? - Lindsay Jones
With only five days left until the Broncos set their 53-man roster, the team has yet to figure out who will be its primary kickoff and punt returners.

Peyton Manning strikes twice: Pass-by-pass breakdown vs. 49ers - Jeff Legwold
Peyton Manning completed 10-of-12 passes for 122 yards, including two touchdowns and no interceptions

Pleased with first quarter, Manning taken "out of harm's way" | First-and-Orange - Lindsay Jones
Before the first quarter was even over, John Fox had seen enough from Peyton Manning.

Manning happy to see practice pay off | First-and-Orange - Lindsay Jones
Every so often, a play happens in a game just like it was drawn up in practice.

Peyton Manning, Broncos starters in key preseason game vs. 49ers - The Denver Post - Lindsay Jones
Peyton Manning, this is your dress rehearsal.

Broncos' Peyton Manning sharp vs. 49ers in final warm-up in Denver - The Denver Post - Mike Klis
There still was time left in the first quarter when Peyton Manning took off his helmet and put on a white Broncos visor.

Did Denver Broncos meet their goals in key preseason test vs. 49ers? - Mike Klis
How the Broncos fared against the San Francisco 49ers on five goals…

What made John Fox flip his lid at replacement refs? | First-and-Orange - Lindsay Jones
If you were still tuned in to the second half of the Broncos’ preseason game against San Francisco, you saw Broncos’ coach John Fox get tagged with an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty.

For Champ Bailey, preseason matchups against Moss, Owens make him feel young | First-and-Orange - LindsayJones
On back-to-back weeks, Champ Bailey has found himself staring across the line of scrimmage at an old (no pun intended) foe.

Broncos Notebook: Backups get backed up, lose big lead - CBSSports.com
The Denver Broncos' final result Sunday -- a 29-24 loss to the 49ers -- can be laid entirely at the feet of the backups.

MaxDenver " Broncos-49ers: Three Observations
Three observations from the Broncos’ 29-24 loss to the San Francisco 49ers here Sunday:

Broncos could sign new backups after rosters get trimmed - The Denver Post - Jeff Legwold
Call it a prediction, call it a hint, call it what you will. But after watching his defensive reserves struggle for the second preseason week in a row, Broncos coach John Fox said the team will be looking outside its Dove Valley complex walls for help as rosters are whittled to 53 players this week.

Mark Kiszla: Knowshon Moreno must fight to make Broncos' roster - The Denver Post
On a brutal NFL schedule for the Broncos, know who could be the toughest foe quarterback Peyton Manning will have to beat?

MaxDenver " The Fullback Lives!
Perhaps I was being too hasty when I wrote about the "death of the fullback" in March after the Broncos let Spencer Larsen go, leaving only the untested Austin Sylvester at the position on the roster.

MaxDenver " Hanie Takes Hold of the Backup Job
Peyton Manning was understandably the focal point of the nationally televised broadcast, and he didn’t disappoint.

Broncos coach John Fox, replacement refs don't quite communicate - The Denver Post - Jeff Legwold
From one 33-yard line to the other 33-yard line, there is a tidy area with a white, painted line that is the Broncos' bench area at Sports Authority Field at Mile High.

Broncos face tough roster call with running back Knowshon Moreno - The Denver Post - Jeff Legwold
The Broncos' numbers game is no game this week.

Division News

Dennis Allen snuffs out any suggestion of quarterback controversy | ProFootballTalk
Terrelle Pryor had himself quite a night of work for the Raiders on Saturday.

Raiders coach Allen: Sebastian Janikowski should be fine - ESPN
Oakland coach Dennis Allen told reporters Sunday that kicker Sebastian Janikowski had a sore groin, but it does not appear to be serious.

ProFootballWeekly.com - Chargers WR Brown remains on track for second-half return
When Chargers QB Philip Rivers raved about second-year WR Vincent Brown’s strong offseason, he wasn’t simply blowing smoke.

ProFootballWeekly.com - Chiefs release 14, including FB Bannon
The Chiefs have released 14 players ahead of the NFL's deadline to reach the 75-man roster limit, including former Kansas tight end Tim Biere.

Future Foes

Ray Lewis on NFL’s safety measures: "Leave the game alone" | ProFootballTalk
Six months ago, Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis lent his voice to the NFL’s campaign for player safety. But he now says he is not a fan of the NFL’s measures to make the game safer.

ProFootballWeekly.com - Ravens' no-huddle attack could stress defenses
The Ravens haven’t exactly been known for pushing the envelope on offense over the years. Nor have they usually had the makings of a passing game that could keep defenses consistently on their heels.

ProFootballWeekly.com - Ravens release PK Cundiff
The Ravens released PK Billy Cundiff on Sunday, ESPN’s Adam Schefter first reported. Rookie Justin Tucker likely will be the team’s kicker in 2012.

ProFootballWeekly.com - Wallace's return would reunite 'two-headed monster'
Steelers WR Mike Wallace didn’t report for training camp or the club’s first three preseason games, but the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported that Wallace was expected to return after the Aug. 25 game at Buffalo.

Jacksonville Jaguars, 2012 N.F.L. Season Preview - NYTimes.com
At least the typical Jacksonville Jaguar story angles are starting to abate.

NFL News

Charles Woodson bashes NFL's replacement refs
Add Charles Woodson to a growing chorus expressing concern with the prospect of opening the season with replacement officials.

Miscellaneous Stuff

Patriots lock up Aaron Hernandez | ProFootballTalk
The Patriots spent the offseason collecting tight ends, but the two that matter the most, they’re taking care of.

Russell Wilson named Seahawks' starting quarterback | National Football Post
Pete Carroll chooses rookie over Matt Flynn

It’s the first cut-down day of the week | ProFootballTalk
Earlier this year, the NFL expanded offseason rosters to 90 for the first time ever. And so now it’s time, for the first time ever, to start moving from 90 to 53.

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