Horse Tracks: Chargers Week In Full Swing

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Can Phillip Rivers and Mike McCoy figure out how to match Peyton Manning and the Broncos blow for blow? Even worse, could the Broncos have one eye on the Chiefs and the other on the Chargers?
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Mike McCoy can guide Chargers past Broncos - NFL.com
Having served as Denver's offensive coordinator last season, San Diego coach Mike McCoy is very familiar with Peyton Manning and the Broncos. Bucky Brooks says that could produce a Chargers win.

Broncos News & Blogs

How will Broncos respond to absence of coach John Fox due to surgery? - Denver Post
Hochman's Happy Hour: Each weekday near quittin' time, Denver Post sports columnist Benjamin Hochman primes the barstool banter. In this installment, Hochman looks at how teams respond to a head coach's absence.

John Moffitt fails to report to Broncos; center J.D. Walton activated - Denver Post
Broncos guard-center John Moffitt did not report back to the team Monday as players returned from their bye week.

Statement by wife of Broncos' John Fox reveals toll of coaching in NFL - Denver Post
Lunch Special: Each weekday near noontime, a Denver Post sports writer dares to dish. In this installment, Joan Niesen senses the wider demands of being a head coach in the NFL.

Broncos coach John Fox has successful heart surgery - Denver Post
Broncos coach John Fox had successful aortic valve replacement surgery Monday morning at Carolinas HealthCare System's Sanger Heart & Vascular Institute in Charlotte, N.C., the team announced.

Tuesday Morning QB: Bye week lifts Peyton Manning back to No. 1 | First & Orange
Sometimes the best way to get ahead is to do nothing. Peyton Manning had slipped from No. 1 for the first time all season, to No. 3. But No. 1 Aaron Rodgers suffered an early injury Monday night and No. 2 Drew Brees threw two interceptions in defeat.

Midseason Recap | DenverBroncos.com
A game-by-game look at how the Broncos reached the midway point of the 2013 season with a 7-1 record.

Walton Returns as OL Insurance Policy | DenverBroncos.com
Independent analyst Andrew Mason evaluates Tuesday's transaction -- moving center J.D. Walton to the active roster.

Broncos face yet another challenge with John Fox gone | Cover 32
The last 10 months have not been the easiest for the Denver Broncos. It all started with a devastating playoff loss to the Baltimore Ravens in January, a game the Broncos were suppose to win. They were the favorite to win the Super Bowl.

Broncos-Chargers: Week 10 Game Capsule | Bronco Planet
The Denver Broncos (7-1), which had a bye in Week 9, will begin the second half of their 2013 schedule this Sunday in the sunny climes of Southern California when they face the San Diego Chargers (4-4) in the first of five division games in their final eight contests.

Mile High Monday: Broncos Head for the Home Stretch - Predominantly Orange
The Denver Broncos start the second half of the season this Sunday and things get serious right away.

Destaques do Denver Broncos até agora " BroncosBrasil.com
Bem, amigos do Broncos Brasil. BYE Week acabando, semana do Chargers começando, mas o Denver Broncos teve uma primeira metade de temporada excepcional. Batemos todos os recordes ofensivos, e ainda conseguimos, no último jogo, ter uma excelente performance defensiva, levando a crer que estamos no caminho de melhorar sempre.

Broncos Media

Sharpe Visits ROF Plaza | DenverBroncos.com
Hall-of-Famer Shannon Sharpe gets his first look at the Denver Broncos Ring-of-Fame plaza.

Del Rio: 'This is Coach Fox's Team' | DenverBroncos.com
Jack Del Rio knows his role after accepting the job as interim head coach while John Fox recovers from heart surgery.

Locker Room: Thoughts With Coach Fox | DenverBroncos.com
Locker room reaction to John Fox's health and Jack Del Rio being named the interim head coach/defensive coordinator.

Denver Broncos coach Jack Del Rio: I'll still handle defensive play calling - NFL Videos
Denver Broncos defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio talks about taking over head coaching duties while John Fox recovers from a heart procedure.

Elway: All the staff go through 'extensive' physical each year - NFL Videos
Denver Broncos executive vice president of football operations John Elway addressed the media on head coach John Fox's condition following a heart procedure.

AFC West Rival Roundup

ReFo: Chargers @ Redskins, Week 9 | ProFootballFocus.com
With two teams still harboring aspirations of postseason play, the San Diego Chargers’ trip across country to face the Washington Redskins was always going to be an intriguing affair, and fortunately we were not let down there.

San Diego Chargers PFF Gradebook vs. Washington Redskins - Bolts From The Blue
Your weekly look at how the Chargers performed according to Pro Football Focus, and a preview for what the Bolts will face next week. Who impressed and who disappointed?

San Diego Chargers Coaching: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly - Bolts From The Blue
Reviewing the coaching by Mike McCoy, Ken Whisenhunt, John Pagano and the rest of the San Diego Chargers staff in the team's loss to the Washington Redskins.

Grades: San Diego Chargers at Washington Redskins - Bolts From The Blue
Washington takes the McCoy/Whisenhunt win template (i.e. control the ball, sustain drives, score TDs) and turns it against them. The result is that the Chargers find a way to lose a crucial game they had no business winning in the first place, and likely end up doing irreparable damage to their playoff chances.

ReFo: Chiefs @ Bills, Week 9 | ProFootballFocus.com
Being 9-0 doesn’t make the Chiefs the de facto best team in the league; that is up to individual interpretation. As they have done at other times this season, the Chiefs set out as much to let the opposition lose the game as they did to win the game themselves, the offense in particular offered almost no spark to set up the win this week. Will that approach work against the better teams in the league? Probably not, but we’ll get to see whether they have a different approach when they start to face tougher assignments after their bye weeks starting with the much-anticipated Sunday night showdown with the Broncos in Denver immediately out of that bye.

The Kansas City Chiefs stay perfect - Arrowhead Pride
Deep into the season, only one team has woken up every Monday with no regrets.

ReFo: Eagles @ Raiders, Week 9 | ProFootballFocus.com
Just when the Oakland Raiders start to convince people that they’re going to be a tough out every week, the Philadelphia Eagles come across the country and stomp them 49-20.

Rich Gannon recalls being "sick to [his] stomach" at rookie hazing in Oakland - Silver And Black Pride
Former Raiders quarterback recalls his first two seasons in Oakland being disgusted by the level of rookie hazing which went on there.

Confidence in Dennis Allen in question: Right or wrong? - Silver And Black Pride
A week ago, Dennis Allen was riding high as his football team — predicted to be one of the worst in the league — was sitting at 3-4 with a winnable home game ahead of them. Now, just a week later, Allen found himself on the wrong side of a blowout bringing his status as coach right back into question.

NFL News & Blogs

Texans' Kubiak had mini-stroke, out indefinitely - Denver Post
HOUSTON—Texans coach Gary Kubiak is out of the hospital after suffering what the team said was a mini-stroke, but there's no word on when he will resume coaching duties.

Richie Incognito, Jonathan Martin show why hazing has no place in NFL | The MMQB
What to make of the Richie Incognito-Jonathan Martin situation with the Miami Dolphins? The NFL needs to get a handle on hazing, for starters, and readers hold nothing back in letting their voices on the matter be heard.

The NFL's disastrous lack of an anti-hazing policy - SBNation.com
In the military, hazing is a zero-tolerance crime. In the NFL, it's celebrated. Why?

Josh McCown, Marc Trestman save Bears from the dregs of a one-sided rivalry - SBNation.com
The Bears had no business winning in Lambeau Field on Monday night, but they got it done thanks to an inspiring effort from their rookie head coach and backup quarterback.

PFT Commenter's Week 9 NFL awards: Friends in Philly - SBNation.com
Welcome back to a special edition of my NFL awards. This week we revisit a old friend in Philly, finally acknowledge the Bills Mafia for being way cooler then everyone else, and send some love down to Houston. Lets dive right in folks.

Browns inch up while Bengals, Packers slip - SBNation.com
The Broncos gained ground by standing still this week, as none of the contenders below them put on the kind of show that would knock them out of the top spot. It remains to be seen whether coach John Fox's absence will impact their play, but the Manning-led offense is a pretty self-contained organism while Champ Bailey's Week 10 return should help elevate the defense. Get well soon, coach.

Aaron Rodgers injury: Packers QB has no timetable on return - SBNation.com
Aaron Rodgers confirmed he has a fractured collarbone and has no timetable for a return.

NFL playoff picture 2013: Chiefs, Seahawks current No. 1 seeds - SBNation.com
Seattle and Kansas City remain atop the NFC and AFC, but there are plenty of playoff contenders.

NFL players of the week: Nick Foles superstar tour 2013 - SBNation.com
You don't have to like it or respect it, but Nick Foles will be forever mentioned in the same breath as some of the NFL's best quarterbacks.

NFP power rankings | National Football Post
The numbers in brackets indicate each team’s Power Ranking, which is based on a scale of 1-100. These numbers can be used as a baseline to determine the point spread between any two teams on the list.

Game changer? | National Football Post
Talk about the NFL’s most inaptly named guy. After the events of the past few days, which culminated with Richie Incognito’s indefinite suspension by Miami officials late Sunday for conduct detrimental to the franchise, the Dolphins’ veteran guard has a pretty incongruous surname, doesn’t he?

NFL Mocks Power Rankings Through Week Nine - NFL Mocks
It may seem like a surprise but in terms of beating high quality competition and overall play, the Denver Broncos are looking like the best team in the league. Peyton Manning makes the difference in most matchups and Von Miller’s return has been enormous.

Advanced NFL Stats: The 2013 Buccaneers Really Know How to Blow It
This post at Reddit noted that the 2013 Buccaneers have blown 4 games in which they had at least a 0.95 Win Probability (WP). This is the most blown games for any team since at least 1999, and there are still 8 games left to blow this season.

Advanced NFL Stats: Trestman's 4th and Inches Call
I received a few requests to analyze Marc Trestman's decision to go for it on 4th and inches from his own 32, up by 4 with 7:50 to play in the 4th quarter.

Week 10 NFL Power Rankings - Rodgers' Injury a Blow for Packers | Fanspeak NFL Blog
The Broncos were on bye this past week, and face the Chargers this week on the road. Though Denver should be the favorite it will be interesting to see how they fare without John Fox on the the sidelines.

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