Denver Broncos News: Horse Tracks - 9/21/12

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Dreessen Helps Broncos Prepare " DenverBroncos.com
As the Broncos prepare to face the No. 1 ranked defense in the league on Sunday, tight end Joel Dreessen will look to share some insight from his five-year stint with the Houston Texans.

The Sacks Will Come
Elvis Dumervil is yet to record a sack in 2012, but the defensive end knows to stay patient, as sacks tend to come in bunches.

Smith Continues to Make Impression
Since retiring, Rod Smith has managed to still have a positive impact on the Denver Broncos through his advice to the current team.

One Day at a Time
Broncos all-time leading receiver Rod Smith reflects on his career in advance of his Ring of Fame induction ceremony that will take place during halftime of Sunday's game vs. Houston.

Denver Broncos Videos

Rod Smith Press Conference: Part 1
Retired Broncos wide receiver Rod Smith talks about his career and upcoming induction into the team's Ring of Fame.

Rod Smith Press Conference: Part 2
Retired Broncos wide receiver Rod Smith talks about his career and upcoming induction into the team's Ring of Fame.

Peyton Manning's Confidence Level - ESPN Video - ESPN
Matt Light thinks Peyton Manning is still confident, but frustrated by his Week 2 performance.

Texans Week - Thursday: McCoy
Offensive coordinator Mike McCoy talks about the importance of eliminating turnovers and starting fast against Houston.

Texans Week - Thursday: Del Rio
Defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio talks about preparing for the Texans.

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

Countdown Daily Prediction: Falcons-Chargers - ESPN Video - ESPN
The NFL Live crew makes their picks for Atlanta at San Diego

Countdown Daily Prediction: Chiefs-Saints - ESPN Video - ESPN
The NFL Live crew makes their picks for Kansas City at New Orleans

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

NFL Issues Warning On Conduct - ESPN Video - ESPN
NFL warns teams about berating replacement officials.

Replacement Refs Affecting Bets - ESPN Video - ESPN
Ashley Fox talks about how the NFL's replacement officials seem to be giving teams a home-field advantage

Jets Have Three Of Most Overpaid Players In NFL - ESPN Video - ESPN
Jets have three players in top 10 of Forbes' list of NFL's most overpaid players of 2012.

Barkley Falls On Draft Boards - ESPN Video - ESPN
Todd McShay and Mel Kiper Jr. discuss why Matt Barkley has dropped on their draft boards.

Eli: Total Confidence In Replacements - ESPN Video - ESPN
Eli Manning and Tom Coughlin discuss the Giants' 36-7 win over the Panthers.

Denver Broncos Blogs

Rod Smith reflects on "dream" career as Ring of Fame induction nears - The Denver Post - Lindsay Jones
For 14 years, Rod Smith played in fear that he was going to get called into Mike Shanahan's office to be fired.

Cornerback Chris Harris, Peyton Manning's sense of humor return for Broncos - The Denver Post - Lindsay Jones
The Broncos had their full complement of defensive players back on the practice field Thursday as they continue to prepare for Sunday's game against Houston.

Von Miller upgraded on Broncos injury report - Lindsay Jones
Exhale, Broncos fans.

Broncos QB Peyton Manning shows sense of humor over "wobblers" - Mike Klis
I’m guessing Peyton Manning reads The Denver Post.

Let’s get right to it. Our focus right now is on Houston. Obviously we want to learn from our mistakes, and the first step is to eliminate turnovers.

First three games for Broncos this year look more like playoff games - The Denver Post - Mike Klis
If all goes well for the Broncos this season, they will play through January.

Mark Kiszla: Peyton Manning is mad, which is great news for Broncos - The Denver Post
There's only one way the Broncos beat Houston on Sunday: Peyton Manning is going to have to dress up his wobbly passes so they look prettier than the tight spirals thrown by Houston quarterback Matt Schaub.

Peyton Manning leading Broncos with preparation, play, accountability - The Denver Post - Jeff Legwold
Q: I saw where a Packers player's agent questioned (quarterback) Aaron Rodgers' leadership skills this week. How do the Broncos' feel about (Peyton) Manning's leadership skills?

Division News

Key players return to practice - AFC West Blog - ESPN
Denver star pass-rusher Von Miller practice fully Thursday after being limited Wednesday with a hip injury.

AFC West notes - AFC West Blog - ESPN
Kansas City coach Romeo Crennel said Thursday that tight end Kevin Boss (concussion) and receiver Devon Wylie (hamstring) will be doubtful to play Sunday at New Orleans.

One guy to watch - AFC West Blog - ESPN
One player to watch from each AFC West team in Week 3:

Chiefs wonder if ACL players will ever be the same | National Football Post
Charles, Moeaki, Berry off to slow starts in return from knee injuries.

Schefter believes in Oakland in Week 3 - AFC West Blog - ESPN
Our ESPN experts’ Week 3 picks are in.

Ryan Mathews looks ready for season debut | ProFootballTalk
Tackle Jared Gaither may be recovering slowly from a back injury, but two other injured Chargers are making better progress.

Ryan Mathews: I feel right where I left off | ProFootballTalk
The expectation is that Chargers running back Ryan Mathews will make his 2012 debut against the Falcons this weekend.

ProFootballWeekly.com - Chargers-Falcons game blacked out
The Chargers-Falcons game will be blacked out on Sunday to televisions in Southern California.

This Weeks Match up

J.J. Watt wants to sack Peyton Manning | ProFootballTalk
J.J. Watt has become the Sultan of Swat in Houston, batting down five passes already this season.

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | Film Room: Texans-Broncos
Longtime Broncos fans may feel hints of déjà vu when they watch their team square off against the Texans this Sunday

Some fatherly advice kept Texans RB Arian Foster on track to NFL - The Denver Post - Jeff Legwold
Who knows? But maybe, just maybe, if Carl Foster had made it through the summer of 1982 with the Broncos, his son wouldn't have tried so hard.

Texans tailback Arian Foster used to taking the road less traveled - The Denver Post - Jeff Legwold
Over the past 14 seasons Broncos cornerback Champ Bailey has seen a lot of running backs take the ball and get to work.

Inside the numbers: Texans defense working quickly - The Denver Post - Jeff Legwold
The Houston Texans are No. 1 in the NFL in total defense, scoring defense and pass defense after two games. One of the reasons is they get their work done quickly. They've faced just 96 offensive plays in two games.

Future Foes

Bucs to sign Chris Owusu off Chargers practice squad | ProFootballTalk
The Buccaneers have made two moves at wide receiver already this week, but it seems that they aren’t done adding to the group of players at the position.

NFL News

NFL, NFLRA had substantial talks over two days; no deal yet - NFL.com
While replacement officials remain set to officiate Week 3 games around the NFL, the league and the NFL Referees Association engaged in substantial talks on Tuesday and Wednesday, according to Fox Sports insider and NFL Network contributor Jay Glazer.

Officially, the NFL has a Problem | National Football Post
Our officiating expert says that after passing the test in Week 1, replacement officials are getting failing grades

No further talks scheduled between NFL, officials | ProFootballTalk
With all sources insisting that nothing was happening between the NFL and the NFL Referees Association, the two sides secretly engaged in two days of talks earlier this week.

A prediction for the conclusion of the officials lockout | ProFootballTalk
As the NFL and the NFL Referees Association continue to cross their arms and wait for the other side to blink, there’s a third party in this mess that has largely been overlooked.

ProFootballWeekly.com - NFL replacement officials affecting Vegas bets
Las Vegas casinos think this weekend's NFL games will be the highest-scoring ever thanks to the league's replacement officials.

Bernard Pollard: Roger Goodell needs to bring back the real refs | ProFootballTalk
Ravens safety Bernard Pollard isn’t happy about all the mistakes he saw the replacement officials make in Sunday’s loss to the Eagles,

Replacement ref "audit" misses the point | ProFootballTalk
The Wall Street Journal recently rattled off a variety of statistics regarding the performance of the replacement officials.

ProFootballWeekly.com - League warns teams about behavior toward officials
The NFL reached out to owners, GMs and coaches of all 32 teams advising them that behavior with replacement officials last week was unacceptable

Miscellaneous Stuff

Former NFL running back Stephen Davis arrested | ProFootballTalk
When we last heard from former Panthers, Redskins and Rams running back Stephen Davis, he was joining one of the concussion lawsuits against the NFL.

Tate hit on Lee clearly violated "blindside" block protections | ProFootballTalk
When Seahawks receiver Golden Tate applied what John Madden would call a "decleater" to Cowboys linebacker Sean Lee,

The NFL's Most Overpaid Players Of 2012 - Forbes
New York Jets linebacker David Harris is a very good player.

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