"They don't understand how much older guys like myself put into this game, because we don't know how long we're going to be here. Young guys seem to think they're going to last forever. They don't understand how tough it is just to get to the playoffs," said Broncos receiver Brandon Stokley, a 10-year NFL veteran
Of all the multitudes of statistics that told the tale of Denver's 30-10 loss at Carolina on Sunday, here's one Denver's secondary would like to forget.
Go ahead, San Diego Chargers. Beat Tampa Bay. Or don't beat Tampa Bay, for all the Broncos care. Either way, the Broncos won't pay attention to the early game Sunday between the Chargers, who trail Denver by two games in the AFC West, and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
For the first time, the Broncos have an injury issue within their vaunted offensive line. Right guard Chris Kuper was wearing a large cast on his broken left hand Monday. The cast covered the index and middle fingers while leaving his ring finger and pinky free
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In the pursuit of a playoff spot, most teams have found, throughout the years, that you need a three-pack on offense to really get things done.
Even though a Chargers loss would put Denver into the playoffs, as would a Denver victory later in the day, Broncos coach Mike Shanahan and some players believed there might have been an element of distraction at play Sunday in Carolina
On the surface, the 121 yards on the ground the Broncos finished with in the 30-10 loss to the Carolina Panthers won't look all that bad, nor will the 5.3 yards per carry. But the Broncos had only 63 rushing yards until they piled up 58 on their last possession in the game's waning minutes
Mike Shanahan deflected attention from his young team Monday by taking the blame for its lackluster performance in Carolina. It was a protective but transparent move.
Kansas City Chiefs president and general manager Carl Peterson has resigned, effective at the end of the season.
"Maybe I should ask next time if we go out for a 48, 'Do you mind if we back it up three yards?"' Prater cracked Monday, a day after missing a 47-yarder in a loss at Carolina