Denver Broncos News: Horse Tracks - 9/22/12

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Notebook: Strong Start Key in Week 3
The Broncos will look to get off to a strong start against the Texans, the offense prepares for Houston's imposing pass defense and Keith Brooking is playing a bigger role for Denver.

Rod Smith: Next Step Canton? " DenverBroncos.com
With Rod Smith’s upcoming induction into the Broncos Ring of Fame during halftime of Sunday’s game vs. Houston, there is only one remaining NFL honor to add to Smith’s resume.

Harris ‘Ready to Play’ " DenverBroncos.com
Broncos cornerback Chris Harris is ready to return to action after sitting out the team’s Week 2 trip to Atlanta with an ankle injury.

Playing for the Fans " DenverBroncos.com
It was a tough loss last week, but we have a tough team coming to town in a couple days too, so we can’t dwell on it.

Denver Broncos Videos

Texans Week - Friday: Fox
Head Coach John Fox outlines the week's final injury report and talks about wrapping up prep for Houston.

Eliminating Turnovers
Peyton Manning knows the offense must limit turnovers against a Texans defense that ranks second in the league at forcing them.

1-2-3 Punch
Arian Foster, Ben Tate and Andre Johnson are just some of the Texans weapons the Broncos defense will look to contain Sunday.

NFL Films Preview: Broncos vs. Texans
NFL Films previews the Week 3 matchup between the Houston Texans and the Denver Broncos.

Sides Remain Far Apart - ESPN Video - ESPN
The NFL and its locked-out officials remain far apart in settling their financial dispute.

Who Wins AFC Championship Rematch? - ESPN Video - ESPN
First Take debates whether the Patriots or Ravens win Sunday night.

NFL Cracking Down On Coaches' Conduct - ESPN Video - ESPN
Ed Werder talks about the NFL warning teams not to berate replacement officials.

Denver Broncos Blogs

Did Falcons get away with illegal play to extinguish rally by Broncos? - The Denver Post - Mark Kiszla
While the NFL muzzles coaches and players from complaining about the joke of replacement officials, the truth must come out:

Denver Broncos getting healthy as Houston game nears - The Denver Post - Lindsay Jones
The Broncos will go into Sunday's game against Houston at nearly full strength.

Hot Giants running back Andre Brown used to be a Bronco - Lindsay Jones
If you were watching last night’s game between the Giants and the Panthers, you saw the spectacular debut of running back Andre Brown. Brown rushed for 113 yards and two touchdowns in New York’s 33-7 win against Carolina.

Rod Smith to continue role as mentor to young Broncos | First-and-Orange — The Denver Post - Lindsay Jones
Rod Smith’s comments in his Thursday press conference were so good, and so many, that I couldn’t fit them all in one story.

Chris Harris eager to return to field for Broncos - Lindsay Jones
As long as Chris Harris can remember, when game time rolled around, he was on the field.

ProFootballWeekly.com - Broncos' changes up front paying dividends vs. the run
Heading into the 2012 season, defensive tackle was a question mark for the Broncos with new faces coming in, a big concern considering how poor Denver’s defense fared against the run last season.

Falcons’ Ray Edwards fined $8,000 | ProFootballTalk
In the debacle that was the six-minute delay late in the first quarter of Monday night’s Broncos-Falcons game, dozens of players were pushing and shoving,

Wade Phillips, Texans bringing NFL's No. 1 overall defense to Denver - The Denver Post - Jeff Legwold
Sunday's Texans-Broncos game will be a bit of a benchmark for both teams as they try to make their way through the 2012 season.

NFL wants coaches, players on best behavior - The Denver Post
NFL wants to see better behavior on sidelines ... or else

Leap from coordinator to NFL head coach not always easy to land - The Denver Post - Jeff Legwold
Q: What makes some coaches spectacular coordinators, but mediocre head coaches? See: Wade Phillips, Norv Turner.

Broncos DE Elvis Dumervil doesn't have a sack yet but is making plays - The Denver Post - Mike Klis
Even though he's one of the NFL's premier pass rushers, Elvis Dumervil has had more games without a quarterback drop (42) than with at least half a sack (35).

Division News

ProFootballWeekly.com - Raiders RB McFadden's start leads to scheme scrutiny
The Raiders knew they would have to rely heavily on RB Darren McFadden to boost their offense from the get-go this season.

Marcus Allen will light the Al Davis flame on Sunday | ProFootballTalk
More than 20 years after Raiders owner Al Davis decided to park running back Marcus Allen on the bench until his contract expired, Allen will attend a Raiders game.

Final Word: AFC West - AFC West Blog - ESPN
Five nuggets of knowledge about Week 3:

Chargers finally begin Mathews' plan - AFC West Blog - ESPN
During my training camp visit to San Diego in early August, I was struck by how much the organization was looking forward to seeing Ryan Mathews play in 2012.

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.

Pittsburgh Steelers rule out James Harrison, Troy Polamalu vs. Oakland Raiders - ESPN
Linebacker James Harrison and safety Troy Polamalu did not take part in the Steelers' final practice of the week and will not play Sunday at Oakland.

Ex-ref Jerry Markbreit: Roger Goodell just doesn’t care | ProFootballTalk
Jerry Markbreit, the only man to referee four Super Bowls, has emerged as one of the harshest critics of NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell in the lockout of the league’s officials. And as the lockout wears on, Markbreit’s criticism is growing more pronounced.

Blackout lifted, Raiders will be televised in Oakland again | ProFootballTalk
Despite a disappointing 0-2 start, the Raiders have sold enough tickets to lift the local television blackout:

Chargers had 9,200 unsold tickets at blackout deadline | ProFootballTalk
The good news is that, even if the 2-0 Chargers had taken rule advantage of the new 85-percent rule, their home game against the 2-0 Falcons still would have been blacked out locally.

NFL News

League doesn’t rule out ejecting a coach | ProFootballTalk
So if coaches continue to bully and berate replacement officials, could one or more of them be ejected?

Big gaps remain between league and officials - sources - ESPN
The NFL and its locked-out officials met twice this week but remain far apart in settling their financial dispute, according to sources.

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.

Miscellaneous Stuff

Time Warner Will Carry NFL Network - NYTimes.com
Time Warner Cable agreed Friday to carry the NFL Network, ending an occasionally contentious nine-year impasse.

ProFootballWeekly.com - Broncos' changes up front paying dividends vs. the run
Heading into the 2012 season, defensive tackle was a question mark for the Broncos with new faces coming in, a big concern considering how poor Denver’s defense fared against the run last season.

NFL Communications - Officiating Video for Media "
The following is an officiating video to assist in your coverage of the NFL. CAUTION: This is a 5 minute download.

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