Denver Broncos News: Horse Tracks - 9/20/12

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Manning Moving Forward
Quarterback Peyton Manning said he wants to get the offense off to a better start in Week 3 against the 2-0 Houston Texans.

Putting Mistakes in the Past
The Broncos have learned from the errors they made against the Falcons and are now setting their sights on the Houston Texans.

A ‘Tough Task’
Denver's defenders talked about the impending challenge of stopping Houston's potent offense.

Rod Smith to Join Ring of Fame Sunday " DenverBroncos.com
At halftime of Sunday’s game vs. Houston, Rod Smith’s name will be immortalized as the 23rd member of the Denver Broncos Ring of Fame.

Denver Broncos Videos

Texans Week - Wednesday: Fox
Head Coach John Fox talks about trying to bounce back from a loss and preparing for the Texans.

Texans Week - Wednesday: Manning
Peyton Manning talks about getting ready for the Texans during a short week.

Can Peyton Manning Still Throw The Deep Ball? - ESPN Video - ESPN
Austin Rivers joins the debate desk to discuss Brock Osweler's comments about being brought in to throw the Hail Mary for the Broncos.

Dawkins: 'Locker Room is Fractured' - ESPN Video - ESPN
ESPN NFL Analyst Brian Dawkins joins Mike and Mike in the Morning to discuss Jay Cutler shoving J'Marcus Webb and his apology on Monday afternoon.

Should Kneel-Down Play Be Illegal? - ESPN Video - ESPN
Brain Dawkins reacts to Jerry Jones comments about making the kneel-down play illegal in football.

Reiss: 'He Could Make An Immediate Impact' - ESPN Video - ESPN
ESPN's Bob Holtzman and ESPNBoston's Mike Reiss discuss some of the recent signings of receiver Deion Branch and tight end Kellen Winslow and how the team is preparing to take on the Ravens.

Blogger Blitz: Golden Tate Fined - ESPN Video - ESPN
NFC West blogger Mike Sando breaks down the hit that cost Golden Tate $21,000.

Video: Complaining About Refs Isn't Enough - NYTimes.com
William C. Rhoden is tired of hearing N.F.L. players and coaches complain about the replacement referees.

Denver Broncos Blogs

Peyton Manning answers tough questions on heels of 1st loss as Bronco - The Denver Post
Given his previous NFL success and respect throughout the league, Peyton Manning appeared insulted Wednesday when asked about the state of his confidence on the heels of Monday's 27-21 loss at Atlanta.

Beyond Peyton Manning, what did Broncos learn in Week 2 vs. Atlanta? - Lindsay Jones
In today’s Denver Post, I looked further at Peyton Manning’s first-quarter struggles Monday against Atlanta.

Peyton Manning, the outsider - AFC West Blog - ESPN
While he continues to knock off the rust from missing all of last season, Peyton Manning should do this: Stay to the outside.

Peyton Manning remains confident after loss in Atlanta - ESPN
If Peyton Manning is sore, he's not saying.

Peyton Manning on arm strength: I am what I am | ProFootballTalk
No one would have a better idea just how much Peyton Manning’s arm is capable of than the Broncos and Brock Osweiler gave us a glimpse into their thinking when he revealed that the team would have put him in for a Hail Mary against the Falcons if the opportunity presented itself.

Von Miller appears on injury report for first time - Lindsay Jones
John Fox rattled off five other names on the Broncos’ injury report Wednesday before getting to the juicy stuff.

Inside the numbers: Broncos among league's worst in turnover margin - The Denver Post - Jeff Legwold
Coaches in the NFL will consistently say that few things have more to do with winning and losing in the league than turnovers.

John Fox praises Steve Sabol for bringing NFL game to fans - Lindsay Jones
Broncos coach John Fox today offered his condolences to the family of Steve Sabol, the NFL Films pioneer who died Tuesday from cancer.

Speedy Ronnie Hillman slow to get first chance to play with Broncos - The Denver Post
For such a fast guy, Ronnie Hillman has had to learn to take it slow.

Broncos defense continues to devise proper coverage of tight ends - The Denver Post - Jeff Legwold
Q: (The Steelers') Heath Miller had a touchdown last week and (the Falcons') Tony Gonzalez had a touchdown Monday. What can the Broncos do to keep all the tight ends from scoring?

Division News

AFC West roundup: Chiefs, Raiders singing the 0-2 blues - The Denver Post - Jeff Legwold
Just two weeks into the season, and history suggests both the Chiefs and Raiders are already on the edge of missing the playoffs.

By the numbers: Best in the West - AFC West Blog - ESPN
Here is a look at the division leaders in some key statistical categories after Week 2:

Jared Gaither healing "very slowly" | ProFootballTalk
The San Diego Chargers believed they’d locked up their franchise left tackle when Jared Gaither inked a four-year, $24.6 million contract in March. Instead, Gaither has been much more roster albatross than blindside protector for quarterback Philip Rivers so far this season.

Scott Pioli: Chiefs’ 0-2 start is not the end of the world | ProFootballTalk
Chiefs G.M. Scott Pioli still thinks the team he assembled can have a good 2012 season, despite back-to-back big losses.

Raiders sign corner off Packers practice squad | ProFootballTalk
Raiders General Manager Reggie McKenzie came to Oakland from Green Bay and he reached back to his old stomping grounds for a cornerback on Wednesday.

Rolando McClain played with a concussion | ProFootballTalk
The NFL has tremendously improved the procedures for dealing with players who have concussions.

Is Michael Huff now a cornerback? - AFC West Blog - ESPN
It looks like Michael Huff, at least for now, may be moving positions.

Chargers get Mathews, Gates back - AFC West Blog - ESPN
The San Diego Chargers are getting their health back.

This Weeks Match up

Texans' offense could be ideal defense vs. Manning - The Denver Post
The way Houston is dominating possession time, Peyton Manning might expect to spend lots of playing time on the sideline Sunday.

Broncos cornerback Chris Harris sits out again as Texans await - The Denver Post - Lindsay Jones
The Broncos are preparing for the chance that they will once again be without nickel cornerback Chris Harris Sunday against Houston

For both Broncos and Texans, 2011 draft serving as fond memory - The Denver Post - Jeff Legwold
Two teams went into the 2011 NFL draft looking to change the face of their defenses.

Referee Mess

ProFootballWeekly.com - Wednesday's 60-second rant: NFL shows apathy with ref farce
Do you really think the league cares?

The NFL's official mess - ESPN
They gave it two weeks, and enough is enough. Monday night's wholesale embarrassment by the NFL's replacement referees -- coming after Sunday's embarrassment, which came after the Saints fanboy side-judge embarrassment, which came after Thursday's embarrassment -- should tell DeMaurice Smith and the NFLPA all they need to know.

Cortland Finnegan likes replacements: "They let you play football" | ProFootballTalk
The biggest controversy in Week Two of the regular season came when Rams cornerback Cortland Finnegan bumped Redskins receiver Josh Morgan, Morgan retaliated by

Flags by replacements, regular refs about the same - ESPN
The numbers say there isn't much difference in the NFL with replacement officials. Comments from players and coaches say otherwise.

NFL News

ProFootballWeekly.com - Bush, Watt honored as AFC Players of the Week
Dolphins RB Reggie Bush, Texans DE J.J. Watt and Bengals PR Adam Jones were named the AFC Players of the Week for Week Two.

NFL fines Golden Tate $21,000 for block on Sean Lee | ProFootballTalk
When Seahawks receiver Golden Tate jacked up Cowboys linebacker Sean Lee with a brutal block on Sunday, he wasn’t flagged. But the league office has decided that was an oversight by the replacement officials.

Miscellaneous Stuff

Shawne Merriman is waiting for a 3-4 defense to call | ProFootballTalk
The football world hasn’t heard much of anything from Shawne Merriman since the Bills released him this summer and it doesn’t sound like he’s hearing all that much from the football world.

Lawsuit filed in Mississippi over concussions - ESPN
A federal lawsuit filed in Mississippi on behalf of more than 50 former NFL players claims the league conspired to hide the dangers of concussions and brain trauma associated with professional football.

Dennis Miller doesn't buy Goodell's player-safety push - NFL.com
Count us among those who could use more -- not less -- Dennis Miller in this life.

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