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

Horse Tracks: Your Daily Cup of Orange and Blue!

Al Bello

What a Win Would Mean
The Broncos and Ravens are jockeying for position in the 2012 postseason.

Unrein Flashing Versatility
Mitch Unrein has made contributions in every facet of the game in 2012.

Broncos Take Kids Holiday Shopping
Several members of the Broncos helped 25 children shop for Christmas gifts at a local Target.

Denver Broncos Videos

Pre-Baltimore Breather
Justin Bannan on the benefit of an extended break before facing Baltimore.

The NFL Season: Peyton Manning
NFL Films takes a look at Manning's goals in his comeback season.

Blogger Blitz: Broncos' message to Pats - AFC West Blog - ESPN
The Denver Broncos have a huge game at Baltimore on Sunday. The 10-3 Broncos are currently the No. 2 seed and the 9-4 Ravens are currently the No. 4 seed. Both teams are trying to get to the No. 2 seed and secure a first-round bye in the playoffs.

Why Denver Broncos may change their gameplan vs. Baltimore Ravens - Jeff Legwold
VIDEO: The Denver defense will have to react fast against the Baltimore Ravens in a matchup of AFC playoff teams on Sunday. The Ravens fired their offensive coordinator with the idea using a no-huddle offense.

Pierce: A Black Eye For The League - ESPN Video - ESPN
Antonio Pierce and Herm Edwards react to Paul Tagliabue's ruling that voids all player discipline in the Saints bounty case.

NFL Draft Blitz: Mock Draft - ESPN Video - ESPN
Kevin Weidl and Steve Muench break down some key players in Todd McShay's first 2013 NFL mock draft

Denver Broncos Blogs

Peyton Manning gives Broncos a different view of Baltimore - The Denver Post - Jeff Legwold
Think root canal — with no anesthetic. Think paper cuts, hammer to thumbs, stubbed toes and smacking your head on the corner of the kitchen cabinet door.

Question lingers in NFL: Are Broncos built to win on road in playoffs? - The Denver Post - Jeff Legwold
Q: Not sure if you can have a must-win game when you've already clinched the division and a home playoff game, but this Sunday sort of feels like it even though we saw (Monday) night how that must-win mentality worked out for Houston.

Broncos Mailbag: What will Denver vs. Baltimore say about Broncos' playoffs? - The Denver Post - Mike Klis
Is it just me, or have I seen the Broncos offense become a bit sluggish over the past couple of weeks?

Ravens have made the call to pick up the pace on offense vs. Broncos - The Denver Post - Jeff Legwold
Teams have made startling decisions during a game week before. Sure, quarterbacks have been promoted, some demoted, if the decision makers didn't like how things had gone.

Wesley Woodyard, Denver Broncos' top tackler, to return vs. Baltimore Ravens - ESPN
Wesley Woodyard, Denver's leading tackler, is vowing to be back on the field Sunday for the Broncos' showdown at Baltimore.

Ravens' Jim Caldwell has built a reputation with up-tempo offenses - The Denver Post
Jim Caldwell built his NFL reputation through a successful collaboration with Peyton Manning, reaching a Super Bowl as the Indianapolis Colts' head coach and winning another as the position coach for the star quarterback.

Von Miller is on the edge of Denver Broncos sack record - Jeff Legwold
Broncos linebacker Von Miller needs one sack to tie Elvis Dumervil’s single-season sack record for the Broncos. - Peyton putting together MVP season, again
Peyton Manning no longer has a serious pain in his neck and thus is again a serious pain in the neck for defensive coordinators throughout the NFL. - Ravens CB Jackson suspended four games
Ravens CB Asa Jackson was suspended for the next four games for violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancing substances, the league announced.

Jim Caldwell can fix Baltimore Ravens' offense in four easy steps -
Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh surprised the football world on Monday when he fired Cam Cameron with just three games remaining in the regular season and promoted Jim Caldwell to take over as offensive coordinator.

Division News

NFL: Week 14 knee-jerk reactions - AFC West Blog - ESPN
You’ve heard the chatter by the sports pundits and on the talk shows. Heck, you might even have heard it here. So, are the knee-jerk reactions about your team based in reality? Our NFL bloggers weigh in

Big names on the way out in Oakland? - AFC West Blog - ESPN
The Oakland Raiders are 3-10 and they will likely look to get both younger and cheaper in 2013. Thus, after a big year of change in 2012, we may be seeing more change in Oakland soon.

AFC West Stock Watch - AFC West Blog - ESPN
Falling Brady Quinn, Kansas City, quarterback: In Week 13, Quinn was the AFC offensive player of the week for engineering a win over Carolina. There

Seymour back on field, but not likely back in Oakland next year | ProFootballTalk
Defensive tackle Richard Seymour is back on the practice field, but it doesn’t sound like he’ll be back with the Raiders for long.

Chargers go Groupon to try to sell tickets | ProFootballTalk
Since the product on the field hasn’t been as good as expected, and the opponent isn’t compelling, the Chargers are trying something new in an effort to move unwanted tickets for Sunday’s game against the Panthers.

NFL News - NFL hurting game with excessive fines
During the Lions’ visit to Lambeau Field to take on the Packers on Sunday night, QB Matthew Stafford completed a 19-yard pass over the middle to WR Calvin Johnson from his own 30-yard line.

Ownership meeting figures to be "interesting" | ProFootballTalk
The ruling from former Commissioner Paul Tagliabue overturning the suspensions imposed on four players arising from the Saints bounty case comes, coincidentally, as the owners are preparing to convene for a quarterly meeting.

PFT Live: How risky are kickoffs? | ProFootballTalk
In this week’s Wendy’s Rapid Reactions, Mike Florio examines strong reactions from football fans around the country that say there is no need for the NFL to eliminate kickoffs.

Mike Ditka critical of proposal to eliminate kickoffs | ProFootballTalk
Ever since Roger Goodell floated the idea proposed by Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Greg Schiano to eliminate kickoffs in a TIME magazine feature last week, many people have called the proposal ridiculous. - Congress looks into science of HGH test for NFL
Nearly two full seasons since signing a labor deal that paved the way for HGH testing in the NFL, the league and the players' union still haven't agreed to implement anything.


Tagliabue "vacates all player discipline" | ProFootballTalk
From the Twitter account of NFL spokesman Greg Aiello comes the league’s statement regarding the outcome of the bounty appeal hearing.

Tagliabue walks tightrope to exonerate players, protect Goodell | ProFootballTalk
Using the wisdom of Solomon and/or the eyesight of Magoo, former NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue has taken a case in which there was no middle ground and created it.

NFL declares victory, retreats | ProFootballTalk
In an earlier item analyzing the ultimate outcome of the bounty suspensions imposed on quartet of players, we pointed out that all parties will declare victory.

Vilma’s lawyer bashes Goodell for "manufactured allegations" | ProFootballTalk
The attorney for Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma says NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell’s "manufactured allegations" have tarnished Vilma’s reputation.

Tagliabue’s ruling suggests Saints were targeting Peyton Manning, too | ProFootballTalk
The bounty case has only ever mentioned two quarterbacks whom the Saints faced on their early 2010 run to the Super Bowl:

Will Smith: Tagliabue got the facts, Goodell rushed to judgment | ProFootballTalk
Upon learning that he will not be suspended in the Saints bounty case, defensive end Will Smith thanked the man who rescinded his suspension — and ripped the man who originally suspended him.

Favre’s texting misadventure helped Hargrove avoid suspension | ProFootballTalk
Most of former Commissioner Paul Tagliabue’s 22-page ruling focuses on the question of whether and to what extent players

ProFootballTalk: NFL’s reaction to bounty decision | ProFootballTalk
Roger Goodell is typically judge, jury, and executioner in cases pertaining to player and league issue, but due to the bounty overruling, has the Commissioner’s power been undermined?

Tagliabue shows Goodell the way to implement a culture change | ProFootballTalk
When first we absorbed the ruling from former Commissioner Paul Tagliabue as summarized on the Twitter page of NFL spokesman Greg Aiello,

2013 Draft - PFW 2012 All-America team
PFW’s All-America team annually honors college football’s most talented players and is determined based on extensive evaluation and considerable feedback from NFL evaluators, taking into consideration how players grade out both in their assignments and by the quality of critical playing traits.

2013 NFL Draft order -
If the season ended today, this is a look at the order for the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft*.

NFP's Top 200 Draft Prospects | National Football Post
Russ Lande offers up his initial list of the Top 200 Prospects for the 2013 NFL Draft.

Miscellaneous Stuff - NFL Links: Could 2012 QB class rival 1983?
A Los Angeles writer thinks the 2012 rookie QB class might end up rivaling the storied 1983 class of John Elway, Dan Marino, Jim Kelly and others.

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