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Denver Broncos News: Horse Tracks - 11/9/12

Horse Tracks: Your Daily Cup of Orange and Blue!

Cameron Spencer

Denver Ready for Dual-Threat
The Denver defense is preparing for the elite abilities of Carolina quarterback Cam Newton.

Notebook: Brother Helping Brother
This season, Eli and Peyton Manning's teams both play the AFC North and NFC South. They're using their shared opponents to their advantage.

Notebook: Slowing Steve Smith
The Broncos look to contain Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith, Offensive Coordinator Mike McCoy returns to Carolina and safety Rahim Moore makes strides in his second year.

One vs. Two "
It’s not often the No. 1 and No. 2 pick in the NFL draft go on to win the NFL Offensive and Defensive Rookie of the Year Awards.

In A Good Place "
Halfway through the season, the Broncos are 5-3 and riding a three-game winning streak.

Denver Broncos Videos

Panthers Week - Thursday: Del Rio
Defensive Coordinator Jack Del Rio talks about the challenges of stopping Panthers quarterback Cam Newton.

Panthers Week - Thursday: McCoy
Offensive Coordinator Mike McCoy talks about the Panthers' pass-rush prowess and the continued improvement of the Broncos offense.

Panthers Week - Thursday: Bailey
Cornerback Champ Bailey talks about getting ready to play against Panthers quarterback Cam Newton and wide receiver Steve Smith.

Movember Update: Mov. 8th
Eric Decker and Matt Prater check in and show off how eight days of growth have led to strong 'staches.

Countdown Daily Prediction: Chiefs-Steelers - ESPN Video - ESPN
The NFL Live crew makes their picks for Kansas City at Pittsburgh

Mid-Season Quarterback Review - ESPN Video - ESPN
Ron Jaworski heads to his quarterback big board to break down the best performing QBs through the first half of the season

NFL Draft Blitz: The Defensive Tackle Class - ESPN Video - ESPN
Kevin Weidl and Steve Muench break down the 2013 NFL defensive tackle draft class

Should Houston Be Favored To Win The Super Bowl? - ESPN Video - ESPN
Lomas Brown, Christian Fauria, Stephen A. Smith and Skip Bayless debate if the Houston Texans should be the favorites to win the Super Bowl.

Kiper And McShay Week 11 Preview - ESPN Video - ESPN
Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay discuss the quarterbacks in this year's draft class and the game to watch this Saturday.

Cam Newton's Super Celebration - ESPN Video - ESPN
Cam Newton likes to celebrate touchdowns with a nod to the Man of Steel.

Denver Broncos Blogs

Broncos' Bailey: Cam Newton compares to Vick "with better upside"
Speaking Thursday with the media at Dove Valley, veteran Broncos cornerback Champ Bailey called Panthers quarterback Cam Newton a "freakish athlete."

Defending Cam Newton is not optional for the Broncos - The Denver Post - Jeff Legwold
Hmmm, let's see: A former Southeastern Conference quarterback, who won the Heisman Trophy, has brought a little option football to the NFL.

Broncos rookie report: Danny Trevathan seeing more fieldwork - The Denver Post - Jeff Legwold
The Broncos draft class

Denver Jim Leonhard voted Denver Broncos player union rep
It is a time of labor peace so the responsibilities of union player rep are less stressful.

Panthers receiver Steve Smith comes to aid of Aurora theater shooting victims - The Denver Post
When Carolina Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith says the July 20 Aurora theater shooting hit home, that's an understatement.

Broncos vs. Panthers: Cam Newton comes first, Von Miller second - The Denver Post - Mike Klis
This week has not carried the underlying tone of revenge, or disrespect, or sore feelings in the great 2011 draft

Just win, baby: Peyton Manning creeping up on Dan Marino, John Elway
With a win Sunday in Charlotte, N.C., Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning can tie Hall of Famer Dan Marino for third on the NFL’s all-time regular-season win list for quarterbacks at 147.

For Broncos safety Rahim Moore, more maturity means better results - The Denver Post - Jeff Legwold
Q: I have read over and over this season that Rahim Moore's play is light years ahead of where it was last season. However, as I watch the Broncos on TV and comb through their boxscores, I do not see nearly the same measurable impact as I do from a player like Von Miller or Wesley Woodyard.

Broncos continue to evaluate cornerback Tracy Porter - The Denver Post - Jeff Legwold
Cornerback Tracy Porter, who has missed the Broncos' past three games, was on the field briefly during Thursday's open period of practice, but did not participate in drills.

Broncos' underwhelming turnover margin could impede their progress - The Denver Post - Jeff Legwold
Heading into Thursday night's game, there were just three teams in the NFL who were among the league's top 10 in both offense and defense. Just three teams that were among the league's statistically proficient on both sides of the ball.

Von Miller plans to sack Cam Newton, do the Superman celebration | ProFootballTalk
Broncos linebacker Von Miller plans to steal Cam Newton’s celebration on Cam Newton’s home field on Sunday.

Peyton helps Eli prepare for the Bengals | ProFootballTalk
Last week the Bengals faced Peyton Manning and the Broncos.

Division News

One guy to watch - AFC West Blog - ESPN
One player to watch for each AFC West team in Week 10:

AFC West stats to know - AFC West Blog - ESPN
Let’s look at key Week 10 statistics for each AFC West team courtesy of ESPN Stats & Information: - WR Alexander a quick fit in Chargers offense
The Chargers seemed unfazed by having only three active wide receivers for their Week Nine game, and it didn’t matter in a win over the Chiefs. - Bucs-Chargers blacked out in Tampa
The Buccaneers announced Thursday that their Week 10 game against the Chargers will be blacked out. The game will not be televised locally.

Romeo Crennel disappointed Brady Quinn didn’t report concussion | ProFootballTalk
Chiefs quarterback Brady Quinn admitted this week that he tried to play through the concussion he suffered in a late October game against the Raiders because he didn’t want to come out of his second NFL start in the last three seasons even though he initially put the wrong helmet on before going back into the game one last time.

Taiwan Jones could be getting his shot on Sunday | ProFootballTalk
Running back Taiwan Jones soared into the NFL with a 4.33-second 40-yard dash. Since then, he has disappeared.

Richard Seymour of Oakland Raiders questionable vs. Baltimore Ravens - ESPN
Trying to stop Baltimore running back Ray Rice was already a monumental task facing the Oakland Raiders this week.

Raiders might be inexperienced at RB - AFC West Blog - ESPN
As expected, Oakland running backs Darren McFadden and Mike Goodson are both in walking boots because of high ankle sprains they suffered against Tampa Bay. Neither has been ruled out for Sunday’s game at Baltimore, but it looks very unlikely that they will be active.

NFL News

Will Hill thinks NFL needs to re-think Adderall policy | ProFootballTalk
Having served his four-game suspension for failing a drug test for Adderall, Giants safety Will Hill thinks the league needs to re-examine its policies on the drug,

Team docs no longer allowed to wear team-issued gear | ProFootballTalk
The NFL Team Physicians Society just sent out a memo, asking its members to dress more like doctors and less like every other team employee on the sidelines.

New mayor may not mean new stadium in San Diego | ProFootballTalk
The Chargers remain the team regarded in league circles as most likely to move to Los Angeles. San Diego’s new mayor has the ability to change that perception.

NFLPA reminds players that marijuana remains prohibited | ProFootballTalk
In the wake of ballot measures that allow a certain type of baking in Colorado and Washington, the NFLPA has moved quickly to let players know that marijuana remains prohibited in the NFL.

NFL Communications - 2013 NFL Regional Combines Schedule Announced "
The NFL will conduct 10 Regional Combines and the 2013 Super Regional Combine beginning on January 24-25, 2013 in Honolulu, Hawaii, the league announced today.

The most underpaid players in the NFL | National Football Post
Talk about bang for your buck, these ten guys are coming at a steal.

Miscellaneous Stuff

49ers 2012 rookie class snap counts: Jim Harbaugh puts baby in a corner - Niners Nation
Rookies comprise about 16 percent of all players who have seen the field this season, so their much-lower snap percentage suggests -- shockingly! -- that NFL head coaches loathe playing rookies.

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | Officiating: How Replay Works
This week we have a request from reader TomC to give a rundown of instant-replay review protocol, so I prepared this jumbo-sized Officiating update to completely explain video review. - The curse of the rushing champ
NFL fans are well aware of the Madden Curse. Whoever appears on the video game’s cover is doomed to struggle or suffer injury. But the NFL could have a curse of another kind — one that affects the previous year’s top running back.

Report: Dolphins out on Routt | ProFootballTalk
We mentioned earlier this morning that three teams had shown some degree of interest in free agent cornerback Stanford Routt.

Routt visiting NFC team this week, AFC team next week | ProFootballTalk
It’s been reported that the Lions, Dolphins, and Cardinals are interested in cornerback Stanford Routt. It was later reported that the Dolphins are out of the running.

Report: Jon Gruden could be headed to Philly | ProFootballTalk
It’s been rumored for years that, if/when Eagles coach Andy Reid no longer is coaching the Eagles, former Eagles offensive coordinator Jon Gruden could be lured back to town.

Jimmy Johnson’s contract gave him "emperor" status in Dallas | ProFootballTalk
Former Cowboys coach Jimmy Johnson was wrong regarding the titles that owner Jerry Jones had during Johnson’s time with the franchise.

Ndamukong Suh of Detroit Lions voted NFL's dirtiest player in Sporting News poll - ESPN
For the second straight year, Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh has been voted the NFL's dirtiest player in a poll of players by the Sporting News.

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