Denver Broncos News: Horse Tracks - 1/12/13

Kaptain Kirk 1/12/13

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Broncos vs. Ravens: Final Preview
DenverBroncos.com takes one last look at the Divisional Round game between the Broncos and Ravens

Broncos vs. Ravens: What to Watch For
Go inside the numbers for Denver's Divisional Round matchup against Baltimore.

NFL Network Looks at Manning's Recovery
Saturday morning, NFL Network will air a feature on quarterback Peyton Manning's road to recovery.

Denver Broncos Videos

NFLN: Manning's Road to Recovery
A preview of NFL Network's behind-the-scenes look at quarterback Peyton Manning's offseason rehab.

Fans Unite In Orange at Stadium
Broncos Country packed the lot outside Sports Authority Field at Mile High on Friday night for a United In Orange Pep Rally.

NFL Films Divisional Preview: Ravens at Broncos
NFL Films previews the AFC Divisional matchup between the Baltimore Ravens and the Denver Broncos.

Peyton Manning Prepares For Cold Weather - ESPN Video - ESPN
Herm Edwards and Christian Fauria discuss the Ravens-Broncos matchup and Peyton Manning's ability to overcome cold weather.

NFL Kickoff OT: Divisional Playoff Picks - ESPN Video - ESPN
Trey Wingo, Mark Schlereth and Darren Woodson make their predictions for this weekend's divisional playoff matchups.

NFL32OT: Texans-Patriots Set For Rematch - ESPN Video - ESPN
Merril Hoge breaks down the Texans-Patriots matchup. The NFL32 crew discuss which quarterback has the most difficult matchup against the opposing defense.

Texans-Patriots Preview - ESPN Video - ESPN
Herm Edwards and Christian Fauria preview Sunday's playoff matchup between Houston-New England, and make a prediction.

Denver Broncos Blogs

Edge goes to Manning, Broncos by a mile - Stats & Info Blog - ESPN
Peyton Manning excelled at home this season, posting a league-best +19 TD-Int differential.

ProFootballWeekly.com - Ravens place OG Reid on I.R.
The Ravens placed OLG Jah Reid (toe) on injured reserve and activated DB Asa Jackson.

ProFootballWeekly.com - Middle of 'D' in 2013 a question mark for Denver
The Broncos’ run defense has been one of the most under-the-radar surprises of the 2012 season, finishing second in the league against the run. It certainly helps having a lead, whic

Broncos head to postseason healthy | ProFootballTalk
As the Denver Broncos prepare for the first playoff game of the Peyton Manning era, only one player is out due to injury.

David Cutcliffe: Peyton Manning’s recovery a tribute to hard work | ProFootballTalk
As Peyton Manning prepares to quarterback the Broncos in the playoffs a year after he sat out his final season with the Colts following multiple neck surgeries, the coach who guided him through his comeback is calling it a tribute to Manning’s hard work.

ProFootballTalk: Ravens at Broncos storylines | ProFootballTalk
The PFT guys take a look at some of the biggest storylines coming from the Ravens at Broncos AFC divisional matchup. Will the cold weather affect Peyton Manning?

Double Coverage: Ravens at Broncos - AFC West Blog - ESPN
This feels like Double Coverage déjà vu. It was only four weeks ago when we were talking about these same two teams. If you don't remember, or you're a Ravens fan trying to forget, the Broncos rolled to a 34-17 win in Baltimore.

Final Word: Ravens at Broncos - AFC West Blog - ESPN
Five nuggets of knowledge about the Baltimore Ravens-Denver Broncos AFC divisional-round game, which will be played at 4:30 p.m. ET Saturday at Denver's Sports Authority Field:

If Broncos win coin toss, let Manning come out throwing, right? - The Denver Post - Mark Kiszla
Heads? The Broncos win. Tails? Baltimore loses.

Scouting report: Ravens vs. Broncos in NFL playoffs - The Denver Post - Jeff Legwold
The Denver Broncos play host to the Baltimore Ravens in a divisional playoff Saturday at Invesco Field at Mile High.

John Elway's vision helped restore Broncos' home-field edge, defense - The Denver Post - Mike Klis
"What are some of the emphasis we have? We have to get better on defense — there is no question about that. I think the No. 1 way we do that is we have to get some continuity on the defensive side.

Broncos Q&A: Defensive tackle Mitch Unrein - The Denver Post
The Broncos' roster includes two Colorado natives. Most fans know about tight end Joel Dreessen, a former Colorado State standout from Fort Morgan.

To stay warm during game: Cheer loud, sack your feet and don't drink - The Denver Post
From bundling up to special cocktails, fans sent The Denver Post numerous recommendations to keep warm. "Take a large paper sack to put your feet in," said fan Linda Gentry in a Facebook post. "It keeps the cold air from circling around and up your pants legs, it really works."

Bronco fans say dealing with freezing cold all part of the game plan - The Denver Post
When you bleed orange and blue, it doesn't matter if you can't feel your frozen face, as long as the Broncos can hear your cheers.

Jaguars handed Broncos a painful playoff loss 16 years ago in Denver - The Denver Post
Broncomania is in full bloom. Peyton Manning jerseys are flying off store shelves. Local TV and radio stations are hyping Saturday's AFC divisional playoff game against the Baltimore Ravens as a steppingstone on the road to the Super Bowl.

Broncos' defense set the tone last month in 34-17 rout of Ravens - The Denver Post
Sure, Peyton Manning has won nine consecutive games against the Baltimore Ravens. And, yes, he had a solid performance when the Broncos beat the Ravens 34-17 on Dec. 16.

Broncos QB Peyton Manning stockpiling accomplishments this season - The Denver Post
Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning put together an MVP-type season after sitting out a year because of four neck surgeries. Here are some of his accomplishments this season:

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | AFC Divisional Round Preview
Nothing is ever guaranteed in the NFL. There is a reason for the phrase "any given Sunday." The history of the NFL postseason, in particular the recent history, is filled with surprising upsets.

Divisional round: Analysts unanimously pick Broncos, Patriots - NFL.com
What can we expect in the second week of the playoffs? Our NFL.com and NFL Network analysts provide their picks for the divisional round.

49ers, Seahawks, Broncos boast top three remaining defenses - NFL.com
Offense sells tickets, but defense wins games.

Division News

ProFootballWeekly.com - Chiefs better suited for 3-4 defense
Coaches often say you have to match your schemes to your players and not the other way around. If that’s the case, the Chiefs should be a 3-4 defense next season.

ProFootballWeekly.com - Chiefs hire Sutton, Pederson, nine assistants
The Chiefs announced several coaching hires on Friday to join Andy Reid’s staff for 2013, including their new coordinators.

Eric Bieniemy reportedly has accepted job as Chiefs RB coach - The Denver Post
Eric Bieniemy, Colorado's offensive coordinator the past two seasons, has accepted a job as the running backs coach for the Kansas City Chiefs, Pro Football Talk reports..

Andy Reid knows his new staff well - AFC West Blog - ESPN
While in transit to Denver on Friday, the Kansas City Chiefs made several expected coaching hires official.

ProFootballWeekly.com - New GM Telesco turns Chargers' focus to the draft
Even before the Chargers officially began the search for a new GM, director of player personnel Jimmy Raye III was the assumed front-runner.

Chargers interview Seahawks’ Gus Bradley | ProFootballTalk
Seahawks defensive coordinator Gus Bradley is the latest candidate to interview for the Chargers’ head-coaching vacancy.

NFL News

NFLPA says NFL could have had HGH testing before MLB | ProFootballTalk
With major-league baseball implementing random blood testing for HGH, the NFL and the NFLPA are facing extra pressure regarding their lingering failure to do the same.

NFL responds to union’s position on HGH testing | ProFootballTalk
Earlier today, NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith made it known that, if the NFL were handling the HGH testing issue like Major League Baseball, the NFL would have implemented HGH testing before MLB.

Leading Off: The N.F.L.'s Collision Course, With Itself - NYTimes.com
The two sets of football stories keep rolling along, as if on different sets of train tracks, not yet crossing but getting closer, their impending collision bringing something no one can yet imagine.

2013 Draft

ProFootballWeekly.com - Alabama's Milliner, Lacy, Fluker declare for draft
Alabama RB Eddie Lacy, CB Dee Milliner and OT D.J. Fluker announced they will enter the NFL draft.

Manti Te’o looks like a first-round pick, but Alabama game will hurt | ProFootballTalk
Alabama dominated Notre Dame in Monday night’s college football national championship game, and Alabama’s offense was particularly successful going directly at what was supposed to be the strength of Notre Dame’s defense:

Alabama’s Dee Milliner, Eddie Lacy, D.J. Fluker enter NFL draft | ProFootballTalk
Three members of the national champion Alabama Crimson Tide are leaving school early to enter the 2013 NFL draft.

The Boiler Room: Stanford TE Zach Ertz | The Rookie Scouting Portfolio
Stanford tight end Zach Ertz declared for the draft this week.

Coaching Carousel

Panthers ask to interview Hue Jackson for OC job | ProFootballTalk
The Panthers are already moving on finding a replacement for Rob Chudzinski, who was hired as the new Browns head coach today.

Mel Tucker will interview for Jags job next week | ProFootballTalk
When the Jaguars fired Jack Del Rio as their head coach during the 2011 season, defensive coordinator Mel Tucker stepped in as the team’s interim coach.

Report: Marty Mornhinweg a candidate for Jets offensive coordinator | ProFootballTalk
The Jets haven’t nailed down their general manager just yet, but that doesn’t appear to be stopping them from moving forward with their search for a new offensive coordinator.

Jay Gruden to interview with Eagles, Chargers | ProFootballTalk
Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden will be a busy man in the days ahead.

Report: Rams hire Rob Ryan | ProFootballTalk
It took longer than five minutes, but Rob Ryan has reportedly found a new job.

Playoffs

ProFootballWeekly.com - Key matchup: Texans passing game vs. Patriots pass 'D'
The Texans’ key to avenging an embarrassing Week 14 loss at New England and advancing to the AFC title game will be QB Matt Schaub.

Klis: Atlanta Falcons are trying to go from good to great - The Denver Post
Sometimes I root for the underdog.

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