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Horse Tracks 11/1/09 - Broncos face tough road test in Baltimore; kickoff at 1pm ET, 11am MT


NYT - N.F.L. Players And Their Union Share the Blame on Head Injuries - Alan Schwarz

DB - Matchup: Broncos at Ravens - Broncos TV
Chris Hall previews today's game. Knowshon & Co. as Michael Jackson and zombies from Thriller are a must-see clip (final minute).

DB - A Closer Look: Baltimore Ravens - Gray Caldwell

DPP - McDaniels' love of the game - Lindsay Jones
"Our first team meeting that we had, I saw it was going to be totally different," Daniel Graham said. "McDaniels is a player's coach, but he demands a lot from all his players...It's not miserable to come into work, and that's a big thing. He has a positive attitude, and we do too."

DPP - Broncos' Royal feels at home in Denver - Lindsay Jones

CSG - Broncos free agents prove valuable so far - Frank Schwab

LTC - Defensive powers match up - Brian Howell

GJS - Jussel: Broncos are growing up right before our eyes
"Today will reveal a great deal about how much the Broncos have grown."

SN - Ravens need to pull one out for a change - Vinnie Iyer

CSG - Three things to watch against Baltimore - Frank Schwab

AP - Undefeated Meets Desperate In Baltimore - David Ginsburg

DPP - Klis: Pass the playbook, please

DPP - Bailey is ranked first on roster in cap number - Mike Klis

CSG - Broncos top 10: Worst free-agent signings - Frank Schwab
Oh, man. There's a LOT of pain here...

CP - Problem players flourish - Geoff Mosher
"But behind the NFL's best defense and unwavering command from new coach Josh McDaniels, the Broncos took off while Marshall got his act together."

SPT - Broncos alumni fall in game against Sailors All Stars - Joel Reichenberger

PTR - Doctors clear Steelers' Clark for Denver - Kevin Gorman

Ravens News

NFP - Wilson: Ravens' backs to the wall against undefeated Broncos

PF24x7 - Baltimore Ravens’ scouting report - Aaron Wilson

BS - Above the fray - Jamison Hensley

BS - Ravens vs. Broncos: Mike Preston's key matchups

BS - Ravens Insider
"The Ravens tried out kickers Mike Nugent and Connor Barth but didn't sign either one. It's like a precaution if Steve Hauschka can't kick Sunday. He is probable with a right ankle injury."

BS - Ravens Insider: Ravens-Broncos primer - Ken Murray

WT - Defenseless Ravens in unfamiliar territory - Bob Cohn

CCT - Commentary: Ravens almost in 'must-win' situation - Bob Blubaugh

DMN - Losses add up for Ravens' defense - Rick Gosselin

AFC West News

PFW - Chargers LB English exceeding expectations in Year One - Michael Blunda

SDUT - Bolts' win streak vs. Oakland aided by Raider turnovers - Kevin Acee

SDUT - Silence of elders tells on Raiders - Mark Zeigler

SDUT - Dobbins does his talking on the field - Tod Leonard

FH - In NFL, It's Either Shape Up or Fade Out - Kevin Blackistone

KCS - The Star’s 50 year All-Time Chiefs team - Randy Covitz

KCS - Larry Johnson’s fine is cut in half - Kent Babb

SFC - Concussion findings keep getting scarier - Ray Ratto

SFC - Sunday Punch / Hey fellas, time to be Al's pal - Scott Ostler

SFC - RAIDERS / Success might depend on getting a running start - David White

OT - Should Cable send a message? - Monte Poole

NFL News

NYT - Concussions and Congress and the Future Game - Toni Monkovic

NFL - Crowder doesn’t travel, out for Dolphins

NFL - Redskins' Samuels on IR; Blades, Westbrook undergo knee surgery

NFL - Saints rule out DT Ellis due to knee injury

NFL Opinion

NFP - Sunday at the Post - Mike Lombardi
"Who guards Brandon Marshall is a concern, but who can tackle him is a bigger concern. Domonique Foxworth will struggle to cover him, which he knows from practicing against Marshall." I'd say ignore the kicker comment, as I'm pretty sure he's referring to the Ravens...

NFP - Weekend Notes: Harris and Woodson must be physical - Matt Bowen
"I like the idea of Brandon Marshall and Eddie Royal of the Broncos winning their one-on-one matchups outside the numbers—especially against press man coverage."

NFL - Will owner's 'passer interference' pay off for Titans? - Pat Kirwan
"Okay, I admit it. I was one of the early-season doubters of the Broncos' success...Denver is on the verge of being an elite team."

FH - The Once-Over: Week 8 - Knox Bardeen
"Denver, on defense, needs to pay special attention to the play action, an area of trouble for Denver but a play Baltimore runs very well."

FOX - Countdown: Giants, Eagles QBs have been shaky - John Czarnecki

ABJ - Gunslingers don't necessarily make great quarterbacks - Marla Ridenour

ESPN Insider - FBO: Crunching the Week 8 numbers
"The Ravens should be able to wear down the Broncos' run defense with constant, steady gains. The Ravens rank No. 1 in our Adjusted Line Yards metric and third in overall rush offense DVOA. Although the Broncos rank first in preventing long runs over 10 yards, they are 10th in Adjusted Line Yards and 20th in stuffing opposing runners at the line. Of particular note: The Broncos rank dead last in ALY against runs behind the left tackle. Baltimore's defense ranks 29th in the league on third down with 1-3 yards to go, but second in the league on third down with 4 or more yards to go. "