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Horse Tracks 8/15/09 - 49ers 17 Broncos 16; Orton 3 INTs; Knowshon Hurt; BMarsh Acquitted


Good Morning, MHR! As this is my first Horse Tracks following a game, I am still figuring out how I will handle these mornings after. I think I will try to convey here what I think was important and be info heavy at the top. I'll make sure to link the box score and highlights from the Broncos game, and just the scores and game center for other games around the league. I don't care much to read much into columns/opinions when I watched the game with my own eyes, so I'll just present those as plain, old links. But this is a work in progress, so please bear with me and all suggestions are welcome!

The biggest news of the day was that Brandon Marshall was acquitted of his misdemeanor battery charge in Atlanta. He's reportedly healthy and could practice tomorrow. Great news for the Broncos and Marshall, as this means the WR should avoid any further suspensions by the league. Onto the game...Kyle Orton had a poor game. While he looked very good on the passes he completed, he made 3 interceptions; from what I saw, 2 of them were horrible decisions and the third was a terrible throw. Knowshon Moreno looked very good, but left with an apparent leg injury. He'll have an MRI today; cross your fingers. The running game looked pretty good, pass protection was excellent, and Eddie Royal was spectacular. The run defense was spotty at best, and for the first time in years (seemingly) the Broncos produced an effective pass rush. Chris Simms performed quite well, throwing two touchdown passes and looking poised. So, it was a mixed bag. Orton is clearly a concern; hopefully he progresses over the coming weeks.

NFL - Box Score - Denver Broncos 16 at San Francisco 49ers 17

NFLN - NFL Videos: 49ers 17, Broncos 16 - Highlights

DB - 49ers Postgame: McDaniels - Broncos TV

DB - 49ers Postgame: Orton - Broncos TV

DB - 49ers Postgame: Simms - Broncos TV

DP - Broncos star Marshall cleared of battery - Lindsay Jones

DP - Niners edge Broncos in preseason game - Mike Klis

DP - Paige: Broncos induce chant of worry

DP - Turnovers mar makeover for Broncos - Jeff Legwold
Legwold evaluates each unit's performance

DB - Immediate Contributions
Zach Eisendrath looks at the rookies' performances, including a long TD by Kenny McKinley and 3 big plays by Chris Baker (1 sack, 2 TFL).

DB - Showing Flashes - Gray Caldwell

DB - Broncos at 49ers: First Half Live Blog - Gray Caldwell

DB - Broncos at 49ers: Second Half Live Blog - Gray Caldwell

DP - Broncos' Larsen a man for all reasons - Jeff Legwold
Spencer Larsen isn't the first player Josh McDaniels has coached who did it all...

DP - Bowlen mum on contract extension
Pat Bowlen isn't talking about Brandon Marshall's contract situation

CSG - Orton throws 3 picks as Broncos lose preseason opener - Frank Schwab

CSG - Broncos rookie RB Moreno injures leg - Frank Schwab

CSG - Broncos defense has good first showing - Frank Schwab

AP - Kyle Orton Has A Night To Forget In Preseason Opener - Janie McCauley

IDT - Orton awful in Bronco debut - Hunter Ansley


NFL - Cincinnati Bengals 7 at New Orleans Saints 17

NFL - Minnesota Vikings 13 at Indianapolis Colts 3

NFL - St. Louis Rams 23 at New York Jets 20


SDUT - "Turner mum on Tomlinson" by Chargers Blog

KCS - Haley era with Chiefs begins with tonight’s exhibition opener

KCS - Five things to watch in the Chiefs’ preseason opener


NFL - Giants QB Manning makes it official, signs six-year, $97 million extension

NFL - Monroe signs five-year, $35.4 million contract with Jaguars to end holdout

NFL - Raji ends holdout, signs five-year, $28.5 million contract with Packers


SI - Jay Cutler is focus of attention at Chicago Bears camp - Don Banks

Y! - Falcons display signs of being 'Super' balanced - Charles Robinson

CBS - Patriots camp report: Taylor latest senior solution - Mike Freeman

PFW - Browns' QB picture still murky - Mike Wilkening

Y! - Andre Johnson a man of big numbers, few words - Jason Cole

NFP - Negotiating an injury settlement - Jack Bechta

NFP - 2009 NFP scouting series: Wisconsin - Wes Bunting


NFP - Diner morning news: Vick’s challenges - Mike Lombardi

NFL - Despite tumultuous past, Blank hopes Vick has learned from his mistakes - Steve Wyche

NFP - Vick decision came from the top - Andrew Brandt

NFL - What the Vick signing means to the Eagles - Bucky Brooks

NFL - McNabb comfortable that reward in Eagles signing Vick outweighs risk - Thomas George

SI - Philadelphia Eagles making big mistake with Michael Vick - Ross Tucker

FOX - Actions, not words, the only solution for Vick - Alex Marvez

SI - Philadelphia Eagles getting Michael Vick isn't about second chance - George Dohrmann

SI - Michael Vick, Donovan McNabb can't co-exist in Philadelphia - Don Banks

ESPN - Vick swallows pride, makes smart move - Jeffri Chadiha

ESPN - Nothing clean about Vick's return - Howard Bryant

ESPN - Vick needs the Eagles, but why do they need him? - Matt Mosley