Denver Broncos News: Horse Tracks - 9/12/12


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Unrein Steps Up
Defensive tackle Mitch Unrein is making the most of his opportunity to play a bigger role on the defensive line.

Preparation Pays Off
Thanks to long hours in the film room, Rahim Moore and the Broncos secondary held the Steelers receivers in check on Sunday night.

Quiz for a Cause " DenverBroncos.com
Tuesday night, linebacker Wesley Woodyard and teammates Nate Irving, David Bruton, Demaryius Thomas and Matt Prater provided brain power to teams competing in a pub quiz for prizes.

Denver Broncos Videos

Blogger Blitz: In Defense Of Matt Cassel - ESPN Video - ESPN
AFC West blogger Bill Williamson urges Chiefs fans to hold off on replacing Matt Cassel

Blogger Blitz: Marcel Reece - ESPN Video - ESPN
AFC West blogger Bill Williamson talks about the versatility that Raiders fullback Marcel Reece brings to the table

Countdown Daily Insight: Grading Replacement Refs - ESPN Video - ESPN
Jim Basquil and Eric Allen grade the NFL replacement referees on their week 1 performance

Allen: 'They Were Better Than Us Tonight' - ESPN Video - ESPN
Raiders head coach Dennis Allen and Carson Palmer break down what happened in Monday night's loss to the Chargers.

Rivers: 'Was Good to Get the Win' - ESPN Video - ESPN
Norv Turner and Philip Rivers recap the Chargers' win over the Raiders on Monday Night Football.

Denver Broncos Blogs

Broncos may have found "right" right cornerback in Tracy Porter - The Denver Post - Lindsay Jones
For years, it seems, the Broncos have been searching for the right corner to line up at right corner. It's only one game into the 2012 season, but perhaps the Broncos have found that player in Tracy Porter.

Advanced NFL Stats: Peyton Manning Measures Up In Broncos Debut
There was an unfamiliar air of uncertainty surrounding Peyton Manning's debut as a Denver Bronco on Sunday night.

J.D. Walton expected to remain starting center | First-and-Orange - MIKE KLIS
The Broncos are expected to sign veteran center Dan Koppen today. I have been told his signing is for depth reasons — not to replace anyone in the starting lineup.

Broncos make signing of veteran center Dan Koppen official - The Denver Post
Denver can't have too many centers

Broncos have legit backup longsnapper in Joel Dreessen | First-and-Orange - MIKE KLIS
The Broncos will not likely endure the same longsnapping debacle that all but paralyzed the Oakland Raiders on Monday night.

Broncos one of 10 teams to score at least 30 points in Week 1 | First-and-Orange - LINDSAY JONES
So many NFL defenses have some work to do.

Sneak peek: Make sure to pick up Sports Illustrated this week | First-and-Orange - LINDSAY JONES
Hope you don’t believe in the Sports Illustrated cover jinx, Broncos fans, because it sounds like Peyton Manning will be on one of two covers this week.

Tuesday Morning QB: Where's Peyton Manning after Week 1? - The Denver Post
There were so many sterling quarterback performers through Week 1, we need more time to sort them out. The (beginning of) Week 2 quarterback rankings, according to Denver Post NFL writer Mike Klis:

For Denver Broncos, no-huddle offense can't exclude threat of run - The Denver Post - Jeff Legwold
Sifting through the confetti tossed after the Broncos' first win of the season, it's fairly clear the team is going to need more from its running game.

Broncos offense at peak performance when Peyton Manning dictates pace - The Denver Post - LINDSAY JONES
If John Fox and Mike McCoy learned anything from Sunday's game, it should be this: The Broncos are best when Peyton Manning is dictating the pace of the game

Broncos needing to address defense's vulnerability on third down - The Denver Post - Jeff Legwold
Q: The (Broncos) defense was effective against the run — it got the Steelers in numerous third-and-long situations. With a banged-up Steelers offensive line, why couldn't the defense close the deal on third and long?

Broncos Mailbag: Peyton Manning at quarterback inspires stargazing - The Denver Post
Mike Klis posts his Broncos Mailbag on Tuesdays during the NFL season.

Around the AFC West: Defensive trouble brewing in Kansas City - The Denver Post - Jeff Legwold
Week 1 of the regular season is in the books, and some of the biggest offseason questions in the division still remained unanswered.

Division News

ProFootballWeekly.com - AFC West Spin cycle: Week One
There's a new sheriff in town in the AFC West.

Moving on: San Diego Chargers - AFC West Blog - ESPN
Here are some areas the San Diego Chargers need to focus on after a 22-14 win at Oakland on Monday night:

Moving on: Oakland Raiders - AFC West Blog - ESPN
Here are some areas the Oakland Raiders need to focus on after a 22-14 home loss to San Diego on Monday night:

ProFootballWeekly.com - Raiders sign FB Reece to extension
The Raiders announced a contract extension with FB Marcel Reece on Tuesday.

Raiders have receiver issues - AFC West Blog - ESPN
A day after the Oakland Raiders’ passing game relied on short passes to potentially overworked running back Darren McFadden, the team got bad news for the receiver group.

CB Ronald Bartell out for several weeks - AFC West Blog - ESPN
In addition to a potential season-ending injury suffered by receiver Jacoby Ford, the Raiders are dealing with playing without starting cornerback Ronald Bartell.

ProFootballWeekly.com - Raiders WR Ford to undergo surgery on foot
Raiders WR Jacoby Ford will undergo surgery on his left foot and is expected to be out for "a significant amount of time,"

Ref’s mistake kept Raiders from running last play vs. Chargers | ProFootballTalk
The NFL has acknowledged that a mistake by the replacement officials prevented the Raiders from running one last play at the end of their 22-14 loss to the Chargers.

Week 2 return for Mathews not certain - AFC West Blog - ESPN
San Diego coach Norv Turner said Tuesday that running back Ryan Mathews could be cleared for contact as soon as Wednesday, but he made no promises.

ProFootballWeekly.com - Chargers add veteran OL Wells
The Chargers signed OG-OT Reggie Wells, the team announced Tuesday.

Even without Gaither, Chargers able to protect Rivers | ProFootballTalk
The Chargers were without starting left tackle Jared Gaither last night, using undrafted rookie Michael Harris in his place.

Report: Chargers' Quentin Jammer, Shareece Wright injured - NFL.com
San Diego Chargers cornerback Quentin Jammer broke his hand in the fourth quarter of Monday night's 22-14 win over the Oakland Raiders, sources told U-T San Diego.

Tamba Hali activated by Chiefs after one-game suspension - NFL.com
The Kansas City Chiefs have waived linebacker Cameron Sheffield to make roster space for linebacker Tamba Hali, who was suspended for Week 1 for violating the league's substance-abuse policy.

Chiefs cut Cameron Sheffield | ProFootballTalk
With defensive end Tamba Hali returning from a one-game suspension, someone with Chiefs had to go.

This Weeks Match up

ProFootballWeekly.com - Falcons sign CB Johnson
The Falcons signed CB Terrance Johnson Tuesday and placed CB Brent Grimes on injured reserve.

Scouting the Falcons: Atlanta adds a cornerback - LINDSAY JONES
The Falcons offense certainly attracted plenty of attention after Atlanta’s 40-24 win over Kansas City in Week 1.

Future Foes

ProFootballWeekly.com - AFC North Spin Cycle: Week One
After one week, the defending-champion Ravens are a game up on the entire AFC North pack

NFL News

No developments between NFL, officials | ProFootballTalk
Now that the first week of the regular season has ended, with replacement officials playing the role of the real officials, will the NFL and the NFL Referees Association resume their discussions?

NFL Network plans to put cameras in the pylons | ProFootballTalk
As the TV networks continue their efforts to bring football fans closer to the game, NFL Network is working on something that could make fans feel like touchdowns are being scored right in front of them.


Miscellaneous Stuff

Some NFL rookie Head Coaches learn lessons the hard way | TheFootballEducator.com
Head Coaches in the National Football League are frequently hired not for their past leadership in professional football, but rather for their knowledge of particular systems that have shown to be effective in bringing success to their former clubs.

After Raiders debacle, Bears give extra work to backup long snapper | ProFootballTalk
The Chargers-Raiders late Monday night game didn’t end until well after midnight in Chicago, but Bears special teams coach Dave Toub was apparently watching.

NFL Communications - NFL Charities Awards More Than $1.5 Million in Sports Medical Research Grants "
More than $950,000 Dedicated to Concussion Prevention and Treatment

ProFootballWeekly.com - Week One Players of the Week
This week, PFW selects Robert Griffin III, Tracy Porter and Blair Walsh as its Players of the Week.

Chalk Talk video: RGIII lights up the Saints | National Football Post
Breaking down the 'Skins 'pick' route vs. Cover 0.

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