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Horse Tracks 12/23/09 - No kidding - root for the Chargers, Patriots, Colts this week, hard as it may be

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LTC - Denver’s déjà vu December - Brian Howell
"So, who should Bronco fans root for? For starters, go with San Diego (as hard as that might be). The Chargers could hand Tennessee a devastating loss Friday. Next, go with New England. The Patriots could knock out Jacksonville this week and Houston the following week (unless Miami takes care of the Texans this week). Broncos fans ought to also root for Indianapolis to get to 15-0; if it does, that means the Jets are done. Finally, the Broncos need Pittsburgh and Miami to each lose a game along the way (they play each other in the season finale). "

LTC - Opportunity Rocks - Brian Howell

DPP - Eagles' big plays present big problems for Broncos - Jeff Legwold

DPP - Analysis: Broncos must rush to improve run defense - Jeff Legwold

DPP - Cornerback Carter surprise of Broncos' rookie class - Lindsay Jones
I've read several times over the past 24 hours from DP writers that Knowshon hasn't had a 100-yard game yet. Why in the world does that matter? They don't mention that he's topped 75 yards eight different times (and 90, twice), despite receiving 20+ carries only four times. His season-high carry total was 23 against the Colts. Like yesterday, I'm not claiming Knowshon is having a spectacular year or that he's been everything I'd hoped. But from what I've read since Sunday, you'd think the guy had 300 yards on the season. Yes, one can argue that Buck has a much higher YPA behind the same line, but he also has half the carries and it's very hard to say he'd hold up with more. You don't hand a guy who's had three major knee injuries the ball 200 times a year.

DB - From the Heart - Gray Caldwell
Chris Baker, Robert Ayers and Alphonso Smith brightened the day for a few young cancer patients. Now Ted, pay close attention to the pictures on this one. You'll see that Pho Smith has some pretty sharp style - hahaha talk about timing...

DB - Christmas Comes Early - Broncos TV

DB - Broncos Finish Strong in Fan Voting - Zach Eisendrath

DPP - Q&A: Hold off on judging Cutler trade - Jeff Legwold

CSG - Philadelphia prepares to welcome back Dawkins - Frank Schwab

KDVR - Broncos still control playoff destiny, for now - Zubin Mehenti

Eagles News

PI - Faith & fury: The contradictions of Brian Dawkins - Frank Fitzpatrick

PDN - Eagles owner Lurie on Dawkins: The most favorite of all - Rich Hofmann

PI - Lurie remains fond of Dawkins - Bob Brookover

PDN - Eagles struck it rich drafting DeSean Jackson at No. 49 - Paul Domowitch

PDN - McNabb knows the meaning of giving - Kerith Gabriel

AFC West News

SDUT - Titan on the fast track - Chris Jenkins

SDUT - Mruczkowski out; Hardwick about ready - Kevin Acee

SDUT - Chargers' next opponent: Scouting the Titans - Jay Posner

NFL - Chargers' win streak, gaudy numbers push Rivers into MVP race - Bucky Brooks

KCS - Chiefs receiving corps isn’t catching on - Kent Babb

KCS - Chiefs place TE Cottam on injured reserve - Kent Babb

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

NFL News

NFL - Bengals, commissioner Goodell among mourners at Henry's funeral

NFL - Colts' Manning edges Saints' Brees for most Pro Bowl votes

NFL - Saints cut veteran Carney after Hartley retakes kicker job

NFL - Long snapper Robinson returns to Seahawks; Houser out for season
That would be old friend Jeff Robinson, the DE turned TE turned LS Jeff Robinson...

NFL - Brown out: Starting QB Quinn lost to another season-ending injury

NFL Opinion

SI - NFL Playoff Projections, Scenarios for Week 16 - Dom Bonvissuto
"Oddly enough, we project the Broncos will lose to Philly this weekend but still make the postseason."

FH - Predicting the Playoffs: the AFC Race Is All Scrambled Up - JJ Cooper

NYT - N.F.L. Kickers Are Suddenly the Gang That Can’t Shoot Straight - Judy Battista

CBS - Scrooged: League again delivers awful holiday scheduling - Clark Judge

CBS - Saturday stunner highlighted Saints weaknesses, Cowboys strenghts - Charley Casserly

NFP - Favre, Chilly drama will be fixed with win - Matt Bowen

NFL - Favre isn't to blame for Vikings' recent struggles - Vic Carucci

FOX - Dear Brett: This ain't no love letter - Jason Whitlock

NFP - Tavern talk: Fisher plays it safe - Mike Lombardi

SN - Top teams debate whether to take late-season breather - Vinnie Iyer

FOX - NFC playoff contenders also pretenders - Adam Schein

Y! - Five figure prominently in tight MVP race - Jason Cole

ESPN - Cornerbacks among top defensive player of the year candidates - Len Pasquarelli

SI - Colts still alive in NFL team of decade debate - Don Banks

PFW - All-America team - Nolan Nawrocki

The Mistake by the Lake

NFP - DMN: Browns need a fresh start - Mike Lombardi

NFP - The price of stability in Cleveland - Robert Boland

SI - Browns recruited Mike Holmgren right way; NFL mailbag - Peter King

SI - Browns should keep Eric Mangini; Raiders are on right track - Jerome Bettis

NYT - Browns, Quinn and Holmgren’s Mighty Challenge - Luis DeLoureiro

Power Rankings

Y! - Traditionally cursed Cards avoid one - Mike Silver

ESPN - NFL Power Rankings Week 16

FH - NFL Power Rankings, Week 16: Wild Races for Wild Cards - Josh Alper

CBS - Power Rankings: Fouts-like Rivers belongs in MVP talk - Pete Prisco