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Broncos Mailbag: Running game? No need in this NFL - The Denver Post
I can't believe the Broncos are 2-2 without a running game. Eight rushing yards by running backs against the Titans, and they won? Are McDaniels and the Broncos thinking outside the box (literally) to prove that you don't need a running game to win in the NFL? That would change everything.

Kiszla: Broncos fans pine for Hillis - The Denver Post
At the risk of angering coach Josh McDaniels and offending families with small children, we dare to print the two dirtiest words in the Broncos' language:

Ayers boosting Broncos defense with discipline - The Denver Post
Crazy as it may seem, Robert Ayers' best performance to date in the NFL came in a game when the second-year outside linebacker didn't record a single sack and had only one quarterback pressure.

Broncos' season could swing either way - The Denver Post
The Broncos were not leaders of the pack when they arrived at work Monday morning, but they were at least squarely in the pack.

Broncos' McDaniels says Titans' rough play a reflection of Coach Fisher - The Denver Post
A few minutes after victory Sunday, Kyle Orton called the opponent cheap, particularly Cortland Finnegan.

Broncos resume contract negotiations with Champ Bailey - The Denver Post
Contract negotiations between the Broncos and star cornerback Champ Bailey resumed last week.

Denver Broncos eyeing ... The Ravens - The Denver Post
For the record: Ravens: 3-1, tied for first in AFC North; Broncos: 2-2, tied for second in AFC West.

Titans' Jeff Fisher snaps back at Josh McDaniels' "cheap" comments | All Things Broncos
First, Broncos quarterback Kyle Orton called the Titans’ defense "cheap" on Sunday, after Denver tackle Ryan Harris and center J.D. Walton left with bloody lips and tackle Ryan Clady had both knees wrapped in ice, and as right guard Chris Kuper continued to steam over a helmet-ripping incident that was all over CBS’ broadcast.

NFL Videos: Week 4: NFL RedZone Recap
NFL RedZone gives us a look back at all 57 touchdowns from Week 4 action. news: Wounded birds: Eagles' Vick, McCoy both suffer rib injuries
Michael Vick got a warning from teammate DeSean Jackson right before he was injured.

NFL Game Center: New England Patriots at Miami Dolphins - 2010 Week 4
The New England Patriots had another big night, and this time the NFL's highest-scoring team totaled most of its points with Tom Brady and the rest of the offense cheering from the sideline. news: Steelers' Roethlisberger rejoins team, prepares for Browns
Ben Roethlisberger learned this during his four-week suspension: He's a lousy spectator. news: Barring setback, Bears' Cutler expected to start vs. Panthers
Chicago Bears coach Lovie Smith sounded optimistic that quarterback Jay Cutler will be back soon from his concussion, although he would not say just how severe the injury is. news: Niners grant veteran safety Lewis his release
The San Francisco 49ers have parted with Michael Lewis, two days after the veteran safety reportedly requested his release. news: Saints FS Sharper wants back in lineup upon end of PUP stay
Darren Sharper is itching to return to the Saints' lineup as soon as he's allowed. Whether that actually happens or not remains to be seen. news: As Bradford proves worth, other QBs in jeopardy of losing jobs
A quarter of the way through the season for most teams and we're down to just one unbeaten. The 3-0 Kansas City Chiefs.

Game notes: Patriots-Dolphins | National Football Post
Miami’s special teams: Bad football. Give up the TD to Brandon Tate on the opening kickoff to start the second half. Basic counter scheme when the returner will press the middle of the field, draw the contain and then cut to the outside—something we see all around the league. Patrick Chung’s blocked punt leads to points and the blocked field goal (again by Chung) is scooped up and returned for a TD. That is 21 points—given to New England. That special teams meeting Wednesday morning in Miami is going to be rough.

Talk about 10 sacks flusters Lovie Smith | National Football Post
It’s too early to tell what time, if any, Jay Cutler will miss, but Chicago Bears coach Lovie Smith is optimistic his starting quarterback will play Sunday at Carolina.

Titans' Derrick Morgan out for the season | National Football Post
Tennessee Titans rookie defensive end Derrick Morgan is out for the season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament.

Baltimore Ravens, New York Jets rise in AFC, New Orleans Saints look sloppy, more Snaps - Don Banks -
Musings, observations and the occasional insight as we take stock of a bevy of hotly contested Week 4 games while watching the unfolding McNabb Bowl at Lincoln Financial Field ...

Chicago linebacker Julius Peppers my early favorite for Defensive Player of Year in NFL - Jerome Bettis -
Throughout the 2010 NFL season,'s Nick Zaccardi will work with Jerome Bettis to get the six-time Pro Bowl running back's observations about the latest happenings in the league. Bettis retired from the NFL in 2006 after a 13-year career.

Brady-Moss is no Chung-Ninkovich - NFL - Yahoo! Sports
One of the most annoying things about fantasy football – besides the inherent presumption that your team is remotely interesting to other human beings – is the way it promotes an unhealthy sense of statistical fixation.

How much better (or worse) are the Steelers with Big Ben back? - Shutdown Corner - NFL  - Yahoo! Sports
The next time we see the Pittsburgh Steelers, they'll have franchise quarterback Ben Roethlisberger(notes) back under center. Large Benjamin is back at practice Monday, and by the time they're again playing a meaningful game -- the Steelers are on bye this week -- Ben and his teammates will have had two full weeks to reacclimate to one another.

Texans open 3-1 without top players - NFL - Yahoo! Sports
The Houston Texans are off to the best start in franchise history, and they’ve done it without some of their top players.

Brady-Moss is no Chung-Ninkovich - NFL - Yahoo! Sports
One of the most annoying things about fantasy football – besides the inherent presumption that your team is remotely interesting to other human beings – is the way it promotes an unhealthy sense of statistical fixation.