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Horse Tracks 10/6/09 - Sprained ankle may keep Buckhalter out versus Patriots

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Fun fact of the day: the 2008 Denver Broncos allowed 28 points per game over the course of 16 games. Through 4 games, the 2009 Denver Broncos have allowed a TOTAL of 26 points.

DB - Week 5 - Mon: McDaniels - Broncos TV

NFLTA - Broncos 4-0 start - Video
Mike Martz calls Denver a "complete team" and says the schedule doesn't matter. Sapp and Faulk offer plenty of praise for the defense.

DPP - D.J. Williams "instrumental" to Denver Broncos' success - Lindsay Jones

DPP - Sprained ankle may keep Buckhalter on sideline next game

LTC - Blazing Broncos burst everyone’s expectations - Brian Howell

LTC - Four-gotten - Brian Howell

EN - Rocky times appear to be behind Broncos coach Josh McDaniels - Glen Farley

PFW - Dumervil's pressure makes Cowboys crumble - Dan Parr
"The defensive MVP for the Broncos, and arguably for the entire league, through the first quarter of the season is OLB Elvis Dumervil"

PFW - Week Five matchup tidbits

DPP - 4-0 shows McDaniels taught by Belichick - Jeff Legwold

DPP - Analysis: Broncos face new challenge - prosperity - Jeff Legwold

NFP - Tavern talk: Here’s to McDaniels and Denver - Mike Lombardi
"McDaniels has demonstrated all the characteristics needed to be successful, and he’ll bring a consistent winner to Denver."

DPP - Eye on ... The Patriots - Lindsay Jones

DPP - Q&A: Marshall's best payment plan: perform - Jeff Legwold

DPP - Breakdown: Broncos struggling to convert first downs - Jeff Legwold

DP - McDaniels vs. Belichick matchup begins before Broncos host Patriots - Lindsay Jones

DP - Broncos Mailbag: Coach's apparel without parallel - Mike Klis

DB - The Morning After: Week 4 - Zach Eisendrath

CSG - This will not be any given Sunday - Frank Schwab

CSG - Broncos' torrid 4-0 start drawing national attention - Frank Schwab

DPP - Spotlight on Ronald Fields - Lindsay Jones

CBS - Broncos' McDaniels shows he's a quick learner - Charley Casserly
Apparently, Casserly saw all of this coming...funny, I don't remember reading/hearing that. Do you??

AP - Once Dismal Broncos Defense Thriving Under Nolan - Pat Graham

KDVR - How about them ... Broncos? - Zubin Mehenti

NFL - Six from Sunday: Former head coaches making their mark - Pat Kirwan
"While I was among those who felt the transition to a 3-4 defense would take two years for the Broncos, the 17-10 win over the Cowboys changed my opinion. The Broncos are for real."

NFP - Diner morning news: Where was Witten? - Mike Lombardi

DB - Ask Kyle Orton...

DB - A Little Broncos Trivia - Gray Caldwell

INDT - Drew Litton: Broncos and Mr. McDaniels: 4 and 0

Patriots News

BH - Bill Belichick, Josh McDaniels show mutual respect - Ian Rapoport

BH - Patriots Report Card - Ron Borges

WEEI - Belichick, McDaniels ready for a reunion in Denver - Christopher Price

PFW - Altered mindset has lifted Patriots' offense - Matt Sohn

FOX - Patriots will be just fine, thanks - John Czarnecki

MNF

NFL - Green Bay Packers 23 at Minnesota Vikings 30
Some guy named Favre threw 3 TD passes, while Aaron Rodgers somehow made it out alive after taking 8 more sacks; that makes 20 sacks in 4 games. At some point, he's just going to be too beat up...

SI - Brett Favre overcomes nerves in vintage performance against Packers - Peter King

SI - Brett Favre makes sure Packers' worst fears are realized - Don Banks

Y! - Never-fret Brett: Not just another game - Dan Wetzel

ESPN - Favre gets revenge, or something like it - Gene Wojciechowski

FOX - Vikings' Favre embarrasses Thompson, Packers - Alex Marvez

AFC West News

SDUT - Chargers look to Broncos, and lick their wounds - Kevin Acee

SDUT - No 'dramatic' changes - Kevin Acee

KCS - Charles presents a dilemma for Chiefs - Adam Teicher

NFL - No decision yet on whether to charge Raiders' Cable with assault

SFC - McFadden out for up to a month - Rusty Simmons

OT - Knee injury to sideline McFadden 2-4 weeks - Jerry McDonald

OT - Poole: Raiders' Cable in vise between league, losses

SJMN - Kawakami: Gulf is wide between 49ers, Raiders

PFW - Raiders' Russell headed for hall of shame - Nolan Nawrocki

NFL News

NFL - Schwartz: 'It's possible' Stafford could start against Steelers

NFL - Manning sore, but is 'day-to-day' with inflamed right foot

NFL - McNabb returns to practice, expected to start vs. Bucs

NFL - 49ers report no progress in negotiations with holdout Crabtree

NFL - Harbaugh: Ravens OT Gaither could be back Sunday

NFL - Mangini says he has spoken with Edwards about alleged fight

NFL - Titans' Fisher is sticking with Collins as starting QB

NFL - As Bears head into bye, Hester’s shoulder injury is a concern

NFL - Rams QB Bulger tests throwing arm, but could miss another game

NFL - Sensabaugh may need surgery to repair broken thumb

NFL - Bucs release Nugent after kicker misses two field goals in loss

NFL Opinion

NFL - Colts' Manning continues his awe-inspiring start - Mike Lombardi

NYT - Some N.F.L. Teams Are Quick to Change Quarterbacks - Judy Battista

NYT - Top 7 Points From Week 4: Bad and Beyond - Andy Benoit

CBS - Prisco Grades: Week 4

SI - Against The Grain - Andrew Perloff
"condolences in advance to Denver fans for your team's 4-4 record at the midway point"

SN - NFL Power Poll: Cowboys feeling T.O.'s void - Clifton Brown