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Denver Broncos News: Horse Tracks - 12/29/11


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Motivated and Ready
The Broncos have already taken on a playoff mentality entering Sunday's regular-season finale against the Kansas City Chiefs.

Notebook: Focused on the Goal "
This Sunday’s regular-season finale between the Kansas City Chiefs and Denver Broncos pits two division rivals against each other for the second time this season as they ring in the new year.

2011 Broncos Not Weighed Down By Previous Teams’ Late-Season Fades
The parallels between the December descents of the 2008 and 2009 seasons and the Broncos’ current two-game losing streak have been drawn, and for nervous fans, they are impossible to ignore.

NFL Game Center: Kansas City Chiefs at Denver Broncos - 2011 Week 17
Denver Broncos coach John Fox and vice president John Elway each made clear Kyle Orton would certainly get another opportunity to be a starting quarterback in the NFL upon releasing him last month.

Denver Broncos Video

Week 17 - Wednesday: Fox
Head Coach John Fox talks about preparing for the team's regular season finale against the Chiefs.

Week 17 - Wednesday: Tebow
Quarterback Tim Tebow talks about getting ready for Sunday's game against the Chiefs.

NFL Videos: Seeking revenge
01:41 – It's hard to ignore the big storyline in Denver this week as former Broncos QB Kyle Orton returns as the starter for the Chiefs.

Denver Broncos News

Safety Brian Dawkins held out of Denver Broncos practice - ESPN
The Denver Broncos might have to face former quarterback Kyle Orton with two backup safeties if Brian Dawkins and Quinton Carter can't play in Sunday's showdown with the Kansas City Chiefs, who are trying to deny Tim Tebow a trip to the playoffs.

Denver Broncos tailback Willis McGahee ready to go to work - The Denver Post
If quarterback Tim Tebow is the most important player for the Broncos offense, running back Willis McGahee cant be far behind.

Broncos’ McGahee: Floridians can handle pressure | First-and-Orange — Denver Broncos news, stats, analysis — The Denver Post
Broncos’ McGahee: Floridians can handle pressure : First-and-Orange is the authority on the latest breaking news and analysis about the Denver Broncos, written by Mike Klis, Lindsay Jones and Jeff Legwold. Colorado news: Fourth Tebow interception vs. Bills now ruled a fumble instead
Upon further review, Tim Tebow has one fewer interception, and the Buffalo Bills lost a franchise record. news: Tebow: Broncos vs. Chiefs is bigger than rematch with Orton
On Sunday, Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Kyle Orton will face the team that cut him and the man who replaced him in Denver. But Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow isn't buying into the hype of a grudge match against his former teammate

Broncos' Tim Tebow says pressure of facing Orton, Chiefs is "exciting" - The Denver Post
Pressure? What pressure? Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow on Wednesday called the prospect of possibly having to beat visiting Kansas City on Sunday for a playoff berth "exciting."

Coach Killers, Week 16: Tim Tebow – Audibles
For a long stretch of the 2011 season, the fourth quarter was Tebow Time in Denver. In Week 16 that mojo was replaced by Turnover Time.

2012 NFL Mock Draft: Will Denver Look To Miami Hurricanes' Lamar Miller To Replenish RB Position? - SB Nation Denver
The Denver Broncos have been powered by a strong defense and a revived rushing attack in 2011, allowing them to be in contention for the AFC West title. But the Broncos would do well to think about drafting a long-term answer at running back in the 2012 NFL Draft.

This Weeks Matchup

Jackie Battle's Status In Doubt For Chiefs-Broncos Game - Arrowhead Pride
The status of Kansas City Chiefs RB Jackie Battle is in doubt for Sunday's season finale against the Denver Broncos. Chiefs head coach Romeo Crennel told reporters today that Battle is in a walking boot and the team has doubts as to whether he'll be available.

Hard to make sense of Broncos releasing Orton - The Denver Post
Five weeks later, it still doesnt make any sense.Name another instance when an NFL team in a playoff race voluntarily provided a starting quarterback to a division rival still on its schedule.

Tim Tebow vs. Kyle Orton great subplot as Denver Broncos take on Kansas City Chiefs - NFL News | FOX Sports on MSN
Tim Tebow vs. Kyle Orton is a fascinating subplot as the Denver Broncos, battling for a berth in the NFL playoffs, take on Kansas City Chiefs in Week 17 of the NFL season. Tim Tebow vs. Kyle Orton great subplot as Denver Broncos take on Kansas City Chiefs

Arrowhead Report: Tebow x2
Chiefs hope second meeting with Tim Tebow yields different results

Chiefs rookies haven't had much impact | Wichita Eagle
After last Saturday's overtime heartbreaker at Arrowhead Stadium, the Chiefs don't appear to have much to play for in their season finale Sunday at Denver.

Johnson: Chiefs Will Bring Their Best "
Had the Chiefs won last week, they’d enter Sunday’s game in Denver with a chance to make the playoffs.

NFL News

Jacksonville Jaguars' Maurice Jones-Drew says lawsuits have caused NFL to crack down on concussions - ESPN
Jacksonville Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew wonders how much of the NFL's efforts to prevent or properly treat concussions have to do with lawsuits brought by former players against the league and its teams.

Thank You Boise State | National Football Post
As I zigzag across the country this time of year in my efforts to sign a few new clients, I had the honor of pitching a few Boise State players. Whether I sign the players or not I won't know for a few days, but I did discover something magical in the process.

Closing the books on 2011 | National Football Post
As we put a wrap on both the 2011 NFL regular season and, well, 2011, there are some year-end accounting issues and other concerns to address.

Jon Gruden is conspicuously quiet about his plans for 2012 | ProFootballTalk
During Monday night's game between the Falcons and Saints, as we were watching and waiting for Drew Brees to surpass Dan Marino's all-time single-season passing yardage record, Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune dropped a bomb.

Mike Pereira Is 'Not a Fan' of Jon Gruden -
The former overseer of N.F.L. officials says the ESPN analyst Jon Gruden "was a loudmouth as a coach" and "is a blowhard in the broadcast booth" who doesn't know the rules.

Lockout, Packers, Drew Brees among top 10 NFL stories of 2011 - Don Banks -
2. Tebow-mania comes to the NFL.

How Much Is Too Much For A Professional Athlete? - Sports Agent Blog
Andrew Carnegie once stated, "Take away my factories, my plants; take away my railroads, my ships, my transportation; take away my money; strip me of all these, but leave me my key people and I will have them all back again."

Big-money backs are risky business - NFL - Sporting News
Adrian Peterson’s season-ending knee injury was a cruel reminder for NFL running backs. - Freakonomics Episode 9
What motivates players in the NFL to perform, a lucrative contract or the glory of a Super Bowl championship?