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Denver Broncos News - Horse Tracks - 9/13/10


My thoughts on yesterday's game are coming later today.  As part of that, I will pick some questions to answer.  If you have a question you want answered send me an Email -

Broncos fall to Jaguars 24-17 in opener at Jacksonville - The Denver Post
"We put so much work into this season so far that whatever happened last year is so far out of our minds," said Broncos quarterback Kyle Orton, who played well and was a final-drive interception away from playing great. "But I know one thing: I want to see us respond to adversity, respond to a loss. We didn't do that last year. We'd get a loss and let it linger for three or four weeks."

Paige: Broncos pass up the best play call - The Denver Post
So, once more, it came to pass . . . but there was no fantastic finish for the Broncos in the opener.

Kiszla: Momentum Tebowed by McD - The Denver Post
For all the jersey sales, goofy haircuts and religious debates inspired by the much-ado-about-nothing quarterback, what Tebow can't do at this point in his professional career is help the Broncos win.

Broncos' run defense not good enough at Jacksonville - The Denver Post
The Broncos' run defense was better Sunday than it was during their 2-8 collapse down the stretch to close out the 2009 season, but it was one of the things that wasn't good enough for them to win their 2010 season opener.

Orton not bothered by Tebow use in Broncos' opener - The Denver Post
"This stuff made of the rhythm, you can put me in the stands for a play and I'd come back and be fine with the rhythm," Orton said after the Broncos' 24-17 loss Sunday to the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Moreno good to go after making his 2010 debut - The Denver Post
"As the game went on, I felt pretty good out there," said Mor- eno, who had 15 carries for 60 yards in the Broncos' 24-17 loss. "I felt strong. After the first couple of hits, I was pretty good."

Broncos' receivers fine without Marshall - The Denver Post
Denver's 24-17 loss Sunday revealed a group that can light up a stat sheet, as it did against the Jaguars, yet one that — so far — lacks a clutch, go-to player.

Weather helps Jaguars against Broncos - The Denver Post
Sean Considine doesn't like playing football in the heat. It drains his energy and tests his resolve more than a wide receiver at full stride.

Jaguars 24, Broncos 17: Bests, worsts and the ex factor - The Denver Post
Moreno's debut: Running back Knowshon Moreno rushed 15 times for 60 yards, including one 17-yard burst in the third quarter, in his first action of 2010. Better yet, his hamstring held up just fine.

Running through the schedule: Jacksonville | All Things Broncos
A little late with the running post, but yes, I did get one nice run in in Jacksonville on this road trip, despite the stifling heat and overwhelming humidity. To do, I had to hit the road — or beach, as the case may be — by sunrise.

Denver Broncos vs. Jacksonville Jaguars - Recap - September 12, 2010 - ESPN
David Garrard played last season with "Draft Tebow" bumper stickers floating around town and No. 15 jerseys, the ones in teal and black, scattered in the stands.

Cincinnati Bengals vs. New England Patriots - Recap - September 12, 2010 - ESPN
Tom Brady survived a frightening car crash, signed a rich contract and ended his week with what he wants most: a win.

New England Patriots' Randy Moss sounded off on his contract situation, future with the team, among other topics in his postgame talk - ESPN Boston
Patriots wide receiver Randy Moss arrived at the interview podium following New England's 38-24 triumph over the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday stressing that he was "not here to talk" or "cause trouble," but then he rambled for nearly 16 minutes while trying to explain comments in which he said he felt unwanted in New England.

Green Bay Packers vs. Philadelphia Eagles - Recap - September 12, 2010 - ESPN
Michael Vick is all the way back -- daring runs, dynamic throws and a bittersweet defeat to show for it.

Philadelphia Eagles' Kevin Kolb sustains concussion vs. Green Bay Packers - ESPN
Quarterback Kevin Kolb's head slammed into the turf, his eyes closed for several seconds and he was slow to get up and walk to the sideline.

Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford up in air for Week 2 with shoulder injury - ESPN Chicago
Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford's status for the next game is uncertain after he left the season opener against Chicago with a right shoulder injury following a blindside sack by the Bears' Julius Peppers.

Detroit Lions vs. Chicago Bears - Recap - September 12, 2010 - ESPN
Calvin Johnson was celebrating what he thought was the go-ahead touchdown catch, a leaping grab in the end zone that would give the Detroit Lions their first road win in three years.

Dallas Cowboys linebacker DeMarcus Ware says neck strain won't cause him to miss time - ESPN Dallas
Dallas Cowboys Pro Bowl outside linebacker DeMarcus Ware strained his neck late in Sunday night's 13-7 loss to the Washington Redskins, but he said the injury will not prevent him from playing next week.

Dallas Cowboys vs. Washington Redskins - Recap - September 12, 2010 - ESPN
Trailing by six on the last play of the game, Tony Romo scrambled, stumbled and scrambled some more. He stepped forward and finally spotted Roy Williams, wide open in the end zone.

Indianapolis Colts vs. Houston Texans - Recap - September 12, 2010 - ESPN
It took a record day by an undrafted running back for the Houston Texans to end years of frustration against Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts.

Atlanta Falcons vs. Pittsburgh Steelers - Recap - September 12, 2010 - ESPN
For one game, Ben Roethlisberger's suspension didn't matter. Not with the Pittsburgh Steelers returning to their decades-long cornerstones for winning, defense and the running game.

Oakland Raiders vs. Tennessee Titans - Recap - September 12, 2010 - ESPN
Of all the NFL teams that opened this season with a victory, no team appreciates the win more than the Tennessee Titans after their woeful start a year ago.

San Francisco 49ers vs. Seattle Seahawks - Recap - September 12, 2010 - ESPN
Pete Carroll flapped his arms, imploring his new home fans to get into the game. At one point, Seattle's new coach was yanked off the field by an official after wandering too far out on the field following an enthusiastic celebration.

Arizona Cardinals vs. St. Louis Rams - Recap - September 12, 2010 - ESPN
The Sam Bradford era began with promise. Then Larry Fitzgerald went and spoiled it.

New York Jets hear from NFL about treatment of TV reporter - ESPN New York
The NFL is looking into a complaint made by the Association for Women in Sports Media against the New York Jets after a TV reporter was subjected to footballs being thrown in her direction at practice and, later, players' catcalls inside the locker room.

The Philadelphia Eagles began the Kevin Kolb era Sunday and immediately found themselves relying on Michael Vick - ESPN
The Kevin Kolb era began much the same way as the Donovan McNabb era did 12 seasons earlier: with boos as thick as the low, gray clouds that hung over Lincoln Financial Field Sunday afternoon. They were the kind of boos that made Philly fans famous.

Week 1 post game notebook | National Football Post
Calvin Johnson and the "process" of the catch: There will be plenty of discussion on the end of the game situation in Chicago where Johnson went up over the top of Bears’ CB Zack Bowman, came down and lost the ball. According to the rules, the WR has to go through the entire process of catching the football, and no matter how we view that replay (which looked like a catch) the rule still fits in this case. Chicago survives a unique situation.

Dolphins shut down C.J. Spiller | National Football Post
It was a rough debut for Buffalo Bills speedy rookie running back C.J. Spiller

Source: Marshal Yanda to start at right tackle for Ravens Monday night | National Football Post
The Baltimore Ravens plan to start Marshal Yanda at right offensive tackle during Monday night's season-opener against the New York Jets, according to a league source with knowledge of the situation.

Max Starks suffered high-ankle sprain | National Football Post
Pittsburgh Steelers offensive tackle Max Starks suffered a high-ankle sprain, according to FOX Sports.

Texans' Connor Barwin out for the season | National Football Post
Houston Texans defensive end Connor Barwin is done for the season after suffering a gruesome dislocated right ankle during the opening game of the season today.

Bob Sanders injures elbow | National Football Post
Indianapolis Colts injury-prone safety Bob Sanders is hurt again.

What happened with T.O. and Ochocinco? | National Football Post
Following the New England Patriots' 38-24 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals, a hot topic of conversation was why star wide receivers Chad Ochocinco and Terrell Owens were in the locker room prior to the end of the first half.

Decertification: part of a plan | National Football Post
Cliff notes version of labor and antitrust law as it relates here: labor law favors collective bargaining between employer groups (NFL owners) and employee groups (NFL players). In the event these groups have agreed to a collectively bargained agreement that governs the operation of their industry (CBA), courts are loath to insert themselves into any disputes. Blogs " Blog Archive Sanders: Moss wants to be appreciated with contract "
After Randy Moss expressed earlier this week that he felt unwanted in New England, you knew it wouldn’t be the last we’d hear from him on the topic, or the end of the story. Turns out it was neither of those things. Another thing we knew: Deion Sanders would have a take on the subject. news: Hearing on Jackson's suspension status set for Thursday
There's another key date in the Vincent Jackson saga: Thursday. That's when a 10 a.m. ET hearing regarding the San Diego Chargers holdout's roster-exempt case will be held before the Special Master.

Hideous 'ground' rule needs to be altered - NFL - Yahoo! Sports
In a perfect world, we could start an NFL season without having to endure this mess. You were just getting over the "tuck rule," and you had learned to live with the "lunging at a quarterback" infraction. Now the league gives you this: "Going to the ground" – a rule seemingly ripped from the pages of a clown college syllabus.

Moss chooses bad time to rant about contract - NFL - Yahoo! Sports
Randy Moss(notes) and the New England Patriots had just delivered a resounding 38-24 season-opening victory over the Cincinnati Bengals, looking nothing like the listless bunch that got blitzed out of the playoffs last January.

Reid's grand plan blows up in a hurry - NFL - Yahoo! Sports
And if you are Philadelphia Eagles coach Andy Reid, a man who devoted his offseason to eliminating a potential quarterback controversy – only to have one appear in bright Kelly green before the regular-season opener was over – you are wondering if this is going to be a very long year.

The Texans finally have their man, the luckless Lions, more Snaps - Don Banks -
Musings, observations and the occasional insight as we take in a Week 1 that's sure to spark overreaction and over-analysis on numerous fronts. But then again, that's par for the course on the NFL's opening weekend ...

Dallas Cowboys miscues, Detroit Lions incomplete touchdown pass highlight Week 1 in NFL - Peter King -
As far as opening weekends go, the NFL's 91st was boffo. Not that all the games were terrific, but we got our first games-that-count glimpse of players and teams we've been speculating about for months. We found out Wes Welker is bulletproof, Randy Moss has a mad-on, the Steeler D is back, the seat's getting warm for Eric Mangini, the Texans can beat the Colts, Chris Johnson and Arian Foster were born to run, and the Redskins need to thank Dallas for some dumb coaching decisions, including the simple act of allowing Alex Barron to play Sunday night. And, in the grand tradition of the Tuck Rule, there's the matter of a catch America thought was a catch that apparently wasn't.

Houston Texans could be the real deal - NFL News - FOX Sports on MSN
The thing about the Indianapolis Colts is that they’ve been the established team in the AFC South, so teams have been building and gearing themselves to try to beat them for years. I mean, if you win your division, you are going to the playoffs. So the Texans have been putting pieces together in order to compete with Indianapolis.

Kevin Kolb Michael Vick controversy less important than Philadelphia Eagles injuries - NFL News - FOX Sports on MSN
Despite a lackluster effort from starter Kevin Kolb, the fourth-year pro will start next week’s game at Detroit, coach Andy Reid confirmed at his press conference after Sunday’s 27-20 loss to the Green Bay Packers.