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Horse Tracks 12/16/09 - Broncos thin at running back and safety heading into game versus Raiders


DB - Shopping with the Broncos - Broncos TV

DB - Holiday Spirit Hits Store Shelves - Zach Eisendrath & Chris Gentilviso

DB - Wide Receiver Draws Wide Smiles - Zach Eisendrath & Chris Gentilviso

DPP - Broncos not yet willing to talk about playoffs - Lindsay Jones

DPP - Hurting Broncos wait to see which RBs can play - Jeff Legwold
"Correll Buckhalter left last weekend's loss at Indianapolis with an ankle injury and is not expected to play against the Raiders. LaMont Jordan has missed practice time in recent weeks with a back injury, and a battered Knowshon Moreno was moving rather gingerly after the Colts game."

DPP - Broncos' defense started too slowly vs. Colts, Peyton Manning - Jeff Legwold
"Russell, who was benched four weeks ago, was sacked six times, fumbled and threw an interception in a half of work against the Redskins on Sunday."

LTC - Happy Holliday - Brian Howell

LTC - Denver’s short-yardage woes against Colts bring RB Hillis back to mind - Brian Howell
"In the past three games, the Broncos have outscored their opponents 49-20 after halftime."

DPP - Analysis: Broncos on right path to succeed - Jeff Legwold
"It's a lot to ask for the Broncos to go from living life in the league's mediocre club, as they had done in 2006, 2007 and 2008, to cleaning house, to suddenly arriving as championship contender months later."

NYT - Doctor Who Treated Top Athletes Is Subject of Doping Inquiry
By now, you've probably heard about this guy due to his ties to Tiger. It's only mentioned briefly here, but Chris Simms (and Javon Walker) have both been treated by Dr. Galea. Folks, take a look at this guy's pictures and try to guess how old he is; the guy takes HGH. Once you find out his true age, you'll probably be a bit creeped out (as I was).

DPP - Broncos QB Simms among athletes treated by doctor who is under investigation - Mike Klis

NFP - Tavern talk: Smart decision by McDaniels - Mike Lombardi
"Most of the comments were, "Has he lost his mind? Why would he give the Colts a lead in the game?" My thought: It was brilliant and very perceptive, which is why McDaniels will win a Super Bowl in Denver."

DB - Record-Setting Day Brings AFC Award - Gray Caldwell

DB - Marshall Named AFC Player of the Week - Broncos TV

DPP - Q&A: Playoff tiebreakers ready for use - Jeff Legwold

CSG - Broncos in good shape for wild-card berth - Frank Schwab

CBS4 - Royal Compares Marshall's Dominance To Basketball - Matthew Buettner

AFC West News

ESPN - How I See It: AFC West Stock Watch - Bill Williamson

SDUT - Bolts’ soft ground defense put to the test - Kevin Acee

SDUT - Fans not voting many Chargers to Pro Bowl - Kevin Acee

SDUT - Scouting Report: Sputtering Bengals look to regroup on Sunday - Jay Posner

SDUT - Teams choosing to take a pass on running the ball are doing just fine - Tim Sullivan

KCS - Chiefs need to sell 5,500 tickets to avoid blackout - Randy Covitz

KCS - Haley doesn’t consider Cassel among Chiefs’ shortcomings - Kent Babb

OT - Raiders sign former Buffalo Bills quarterback J.P. Losman - Steve Corkran

NFL News

Y! - Doctor makes proposal for concussion prevention - Jason Cole

NYT - The N.F.L.’s Playoff Scenarios - Judy Battista

NFL - Holmgren meets with Browns over 'czar' of football job

NFL - Cowboys' Ware feels better, optimistic about playing vs. Saints

NFL - MRI shows no significant damage to Fitzgerald's knee

NFL - Panthers’ Delhomme expected to sit Sunday

NFL - Struggling Steelers will be without Kemoeatu, Polamalu vs. Packers

NFL Opinion

NFL - Colts, Saints, Vikings look to put poor home playoff history in past - Pat Kirwan

SN - To beat Colts, Saints, foes need to follow bold formula - Vinnie Iyer

NFL - Can Manning and Brees rest on their laurels and still be MVP? - Vic Carucci

CBS - Owner Irsay is block that Colts' winning engine is built on - Clark Judge

ESPN - Saints, Colts passing depth test - Len Pasquarelli

NFP - Diner morning news: Cards still inconsistent - Mike Lombardi

SN - Fearless (and Baseless) Playoff Prognostications - Michael Tunison

NFP - One more Pro Bowl vote for Redskins’ Fletcher - Matt Bowen

SI - Alex Smith's future with Niners depends on final three games - Peter King
"Well, I'll tell you this -- if Mike Shanahan gets the (Washington) job, he's bringing Bob Slowik in as defensive coordinator, and I'm pretty sure he'll use a draft choice to pick and then develop his long-term quarterback."

SI - Michael Oher to Lions, Percy Harvin to Chiefs - Don Banks
Banks works his 2009 Draft do-over, in which he's got Denver still taking Knowshon; at 18 he's got them selecting Louis Delmas over Robert Ayers. Judging by what he's written lately about the Broncos, I'm guessing Banks thinks Ayers is a bust because he lacks statistics...

CBS - Scared straight? McNair case has negligible impact on NFL infidelity - Mike Freeman

CBS - Defensive transition taking toll, challenges ahead for Patriots - Charley Casserly

FH - Palmer Says Arm's OK, So What's the Bengals' Problem? - Dan Graziano

FH - Between the Lines: Steelers O-Line Confused by Browns - JJ Cooper

FH - Lovie Smith Is Right: Bears' Final 3 Games Are Important - Michael David Smith

FOX - How mighty Giants defense has fallen - Adam Schein
As if FOX wasn't already an obnoxious enough product, they've now enlarged their fonts and their web presentations in general. How "In your face" can they get?!?!

ESPN - Emboldened critics target Moss - Howard Bryant

NYT - The Most Unlikely Playoff Participants in N.F.L. History - Chase Stuart
Interesting, although it brings up a pair of the worst Broncos memories of all time...

NFP - The high cost of preparing prospects - Jack Bechta

NFP - What Locker’s decision means for the draft - Wes Bunting

NFP - Coaching Carousel: How colleges should do it - Robert Boland

Power Rankings, Etc.

NYT - Passer Ratings: Bad and Worse - Luis DeLoureiro

Y! - Well-rested Winfield ready for stretch run - Mike Silver

CBS - Power Rankings: Unbeatens fattening up on cupcakes - Pete Prisco

ESPN - NFL Power Rankings Week 15

FH - NFL Power Rankings, Week 15: Vacating the Throne - Chris Burke