Denver Broncos News: Horse Tracks - 9/28/12

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Bailey Looking to Stop Streak
The Oakland Raiders have won four consecutive games in Denver. Cornerback Champ Bailey wants to make sure the Broncos snap the streak on Sunday.

First Crack at Division
With Oakland coming to town, the Broncos know the importance of winning divisional games at home.


Porter Moving Forward
Cornerback Tracy Porter is ready to put a difficult day against the Houston Texans behind him.


Rallying for the Raiders
Approaching the first divisional contest of the season, the Broncos aren't underestimating the importance of Sunday's game against the Raiders.

Filling the Void
A few Broncos linebackers will have opportunities to step up on Sunday in the absence of Joe Mays.



Denver Broncos Videos

Broncos Aim to Flip Script
The Raiders have won in Denver the last four seasons, but limiting Darren McFadden could help change the outcome Sunday.

Raiders Week - Thursday: Del Rio
Defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio talks about who can step in for Joe Mays and preparing for Darren McFadden.

Raiders Week - Thursday: McCoy
Offensive coordinator Mike McCoy talks about preparing for Dennis Allen and the Raiders.

Raiders Week - Thursday: Bailey
Champ Bailey on preparing for Oakland and the return of the NFL's regular officials.

NFL32OT: Jamaal Charles Charged And Ready - ESPN Video - ESPN
Episode 195: Suzy Kolber and Chris Mortensen break down Sunday's big matchups. Tim Hasselbeck discusses Jamaal Charles' comeback after injuring his knee. The NFL32 crew debate which NFC West team can challenge the 49ers.

NFL Live OT: Referees Make Return - ESPN Video - ESPN
NFL Live OT on what the return of the referees means for the NFL.

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

An Official's Perspective - ESPN Video - ESPN
Former NFL Official Gerry Austin chimes in on the preparation of the returning NFL officials.

Countdown Daily Prediction: Chargers-Chiefs - ESPN Video - ESPN
The NFL Live crew makes their picks for San Diego at Kansas City

Teams Preparing For Return Of Officials - ESPN Video - ESPN
Herm Edwards talks about how teams will prepare for the return of the regular officials and how well they will perform without a preseason.

Video: Lynn Zinser on N.F.L. Labor Deal With Referees - NYTimes.com
Lynn Zinser, who writes the Leading Off column and covers sports for The Times, appeared on "CBS This Morning" on Thursday to discuss the N.F.L.’s labor deal with the referees.

Video: The Powerful N.F.L. Is Humbled - NYTimes.com
The N.F.L.’s debacle with replacement referees proves that the league is not invincible.

Evaluating 1st Game Back For Referees - ESPN Video - ESPN
Trent Dilfer shares his thoughts on the officiating during Thursday night's Browns-Ravens game.

Denver Broncos Blogs

Broncos' D.J. Williams meets with NFL about further discipline - The Denver Post - Mike Klis
Broncos linebacker D.J. Williams had an appeal hearing with the league office Wednesday in New York regarding his recent conviction on driving while ability impaired charge, according to multiple league sources.

Coach John Fox, Broncos players happy about return of regular refs - The Denver Post - Mike Klis
For the first time in the history of Denver professional sports, the referee and officials working the Broncos' game Sunday at Sports Authority Field at Mile High figure to hear cheers.

Champ Bailey eager for next chapter in Broncos-Raiders rivalry - The Denver Post - Lindsay Jones
It's been so long since the Broncos beat the Raiders at home that only four players on the current active rosters remember it.

Joe Mays suspension upheld; Broncos coach John Fox needs replacement - The Denver Post - Lindsay Jones
An NFL appeals panel has upheld the one-game suspension of Broncos linebacker Joe Mays, coach John Fox said Thursday.

Broncos' Willis McGahee on track to play vs. Oakland Raiders - The Denver Post - Lindsay Jones
Willis McGahee appears to be on track to play Sunday against Oakland.

TE Virgil Green returns Monday | First-and-Orange — The Denver Post - Mike Klis
With all attention paid to Peyton Manning, replacement refs, fines, suspension of Joe Mays and latest D.J. Williams drama

Broncos rookie report: Derek Wolfe still seeking second sack of season - The Denver Post - Jeff Legwold
Broncos DT Derek Wolfe is still waiting to record his second sack after getting his first career sack early in the opener against the Steelers.

Broncos did not make a snap decision on specialist Aaron Brewer - The Denver Post - Jeff Legwold
Q: At what position did Aaron Brewer play all those games for San Diego State University and where could he be pressed into emergency service for the Broncos?

Broncos' Von Miller, Keith Brooking must excel with Joe Mays suspended - The Denver Post - Jeff Legwold
The Broncos will take on a Raiders offense Sunday that has vexed their run defense for much of the past three seasons without middle linebacker Joe Mays.

Broncos bike ride Sunday: Do the helmets have to be orange as well? - The Denver Post
Raiders fans may show up to games at Oakland in armored tanks (considering the battle-ready costumes), but Broncos fans have other options.

Broncos wide receiver Andre Caldwell wants to show what he can do - The Denver Post
At least one "next man up" can't wait for his chance.

Division News

Gaither longshot to play Sunday - AFC West Blog - ESPN
San Diego left tackle Jared Gaither continued to practice on a limited basis and he hopes to play Sunday at Kansas City for the first time since injuring his back in July.

Chargers setting their alarm clocks earlier this week | ProFootballTalk
The Chargers are kicking off at 10 a.m. Pacific Time this weekend, so they’re adjusting their practice schedule accordingly.

AFC West notes - AFC West Blog - ESPN
Kansas City Chiefs coach Romeo Crennel said tight end Kevin Boss will miss practice Thursday because of a concussion he suffered in Week 2.

One guy to watch - AFC West Blog - ESPN
One player to watch for each AFC West team in Week 4:

Chiefs lose center Rodney Hudson for the season | ProFootballTalk
When the Chiefs signed veteran offensive lineman Russ Hochstein, the thought was that the team needed someone to help cover for the anticipated absence of center Rodney Hudson in the coming weeks.

Experts completely bypass Raiders this week - AFC West Blog - ESPN
Last week, Adam Schefter was on an island as he was the only ESPN expert to pick Oakland over Pittsburgh.

Oakland Raiders' Dennis Allen rises quickly in NFL coaching ranks - The Denver Post
Returning to Denver this weekend is the most shocking coaching hire of the NFL offseason.

NFL News

Owners skirt blame for officials debacle | ProFootballTalk
Our (or at least my) position that the Commissioner deserves a raise has raised a few eyebrows.

Leading Off: N.F.L. Undervalued Competence, Paid in Integrity - NYTimes.com
Now that the N.F.L. has been successfully tarred and feathered and forced to admit its referee lockout was an unmitigated disaster — well, O.K., the league will not admit that, but you can read it in the egg yolk dripping down the facade — there are a few things to take away from the entire debacle.

Pete Morelli leads "real" officials for Broncos vs. Raiders in Denver - Mike Klis
Ordinarily, football referees and officials are anonymous men who are only to be jeered.

Miscellaneous Stuff

You Are What You Do | National Football Post
Not only do NFL officials have "real jobs," they’re good at them, too

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