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Notebook: Bailey Respects Ravens Wideouts
Cornerback Champ Bailey discusses Baltimore's receivers, Ravens safety Ed Reed is still among the league's best and wide receiver Demaryius Thomas embraces the challenge of playing at Baltimore

The Phase That 'Could Change the Game'
The Broncos and Ravens both boast homerun-threat returners. In a battle of stout offenses and defenses, special teams could be the difference.

Von and Doom 'Like Brothers'
Von Miller and Elvis Dumervil have made a connection on and off the field.

Streaking with Style
Comparing this year's eight-game win streak to last year's six-game streak.

Woodyard Encouraged Fellow Wildcat in Oakland "
Though an ankle injury prevented linebacker Wesley Woodyard from travelling to Oakland, it didn’t stop him from supporting his teammates, particularly rookie linebacker Danny Trevathan.

Manning Familiar with New Ravens Offensive Coordinator
Quarterback Peyton Manning spent 10 years under the Ravens’ newly appointed offensive coordinator, Jim Caldwell.

Denver Broncos Videos

Fox: 'They Play Good Defense Period'
Coach Fox addresses the media after Thursday's practice.

Del Rio on Ravens Matchup
Defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio talks about preparing for Baltimore.

Bailey: 'We've Got Our Hands Full'
Champ Bailey talks about what the defense will face this week against the Ravens.

Baltimore Ravens | 2 Minute: Caldwell To Add New Wrinkles To Offense
The offense won't change drastically, but Jim Caldwell will have a few new looks.

NFL32OT: Who's The Comeback Player? - ESPN Video - ESPN
Episode 237: Suzy Kolber and Chris Mortensen discuss who should be the comeback player of the year. Jason Taylor breaks down what the Bears need to do in order be in the postseason. The NFL32 crew discuss the possibility of expanding the playoffs.

NFL Cold Hard Facts - ESPN Video - ESPN
Cold Hard Facts looks at the top games of the week.

Countdown Daily Prediction: Panthers-Chargers - ESPN Video - ESPN
The NFL Live crew makes their picks for Carolina at San Diego

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

DawgNation: Aaron Murray on going pro - ESPN Video - ESPN
Georgia junior quarterback Aaron Murray was asked if he intended to come back for his senior season in this interview. His teammates, a roommate and Mark Richt were also asked if he should return to Georgia or go to the NFL.

NFL Live OT: Handling Injured Players - ESPN Video - ESPN
Bill Polian and Jason Taylor discuss how players and teams must weigh concerns with injured players returning to the lineup.

Todd McShay's Mock Top 10 - ESPN Video - ESPN
Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay discuss McShay's mock draft.

Problem With Goodell Not Admitting He Is Wrong? - ESPN Video - ESPN
Stephen A. Smith and Skip Bayless discuss Roger Goodell's response to Paul Tagliabue's ruling in the Saints bounty case.

The Word: The Buck Stops Here - ESPN Video - ESPN
Julie Foudy, Jessica Mendoza and Michele Steele discuss whether the NFL should shoulder responsibility for player's off-the-field misbehavior.

NFL Considers Expanding Playoffs - ESPN Video - ESPN
Bill Polian and Lomas Brown discuss whether expanding the playoffs would be good for the NFL.

Countdown Daily Prediction: Broncos-Ravens - ESPN Video - ESPN
The NFL Live crew makes their picks for Denver at Baltimore

Denver Broncos Blogs

3TFO: Broncos @ Ravens, Week 15
The Denver Broncos head to Baltimore this Sunday, knowing that realistically they need to win to have any chance of securing a first round bye in the playoffs

Broncos' Brandon Stokley looking to play against his first NFL team - The Denver Post
After having not caught a pass in two weeks because of a hip issue, Broncos receiver Brandon Stokley moved around well during practice Thursday and is no longer on the team's injury report.

Jim Caldwell's first test — keep pace with Manning against No. 4 overall defense in NFL -
If the next three games are Jim Caldwell's audition to become the Ravens' permanent offensive coordinator, then the odds are stacked against him

Jim Caldwell plans to bring pace and collaboration to Ravens offense -
As the Ravens' new offensive coordinator, Jim Caldwell's responsibilities have grown considerably over the past five days, extending far beyond his old role overseeing quarterback Joe Flacco.

AFC West roundup: Might this division soon see three coaching changes? - The Denver Post - Jeff Legwold
With the Broncos sitting as the only team in the AFC West above the .500 mark, patience may soon be the most difficult thing to find in the division's other three outposts.

Broncos need big effort from Keith Brooking against Ravens run game - The Denver Post - Jeff Legwold
In their running game, which ranks 17th in the league, the Ravens are equal-opportunity rushers.

Broncos' Eric Decker, Demaryius Thomas have gift of grab, just like two Denver legends - The Denver Post = Mike Klis
It is not Demaryius Thomas, the Broncos' No. 1 receiver.

Broncos' success not tied to ground game this time around | First-and-Orange - Jeff Legwold
Since the start of the 1995 season, the Broncos have had a 1,000-yard rusher 12 times.

Champ Bailey is Broncos' best chance to slow Ravens' Anquan Boldin - The Denver Post - Jeff Legwold
Q: How do you think the Broncos will handle Anquan Boldin on Sunday? Do you think the Broncos will use Champ (Bailey) on him?

Fines won't deter Broncos' Von Miller from doing his job vs. Ravens - The Denver Post
Despite the possibility of a one-game suspension for another hit the NFL considers out of bounds, star linebacker Von Miller said everyone knows he's not a dirty player and that he will keep trying to do his job the same way in the Broncos' defense.

Broncos expecting no-huddle from Ravens? "It's possible." | First-and-Orange — The Denver Post
With the sudden switch of offensive coordinators by the Baltimore Ravens from Cam Cameron to Jim Caldwell, conventional wisdom suggests that the Broncos defense will see some tweaks, including an offense that includes more of a hurry-up, no-huddle style.

Champ Bailey: Broncos must stop the run and Ravens WR Boldin
Speaking Thursday to the media, Broncos veteran cornerback Champ Bailey said two keys to winning Sunday in Baltimore will be to stop the Ravens’ running game and not allowing wideout Anquan Boldin to have a big afternoon.

Terrell Suggs On Health Status: We'll See Sunday
The outside linebacker says that his arm responds differently to various forms of contact.

Jim Caldwell won't overhaul Baltimore Ravens' offense - ESPN
Don't expect Jim Caldwell to incorporate the triple-option or a variety of trick plays in his first NFL game as an offensive coordinator.

Injuries Taking A Toll On Ravens Defense
The high number of injuries is limiting the defensive packages Dean Pees has at his disposal.

Jim Caldwell Confident In His Play Calling
Jim Caldwell plans to be in the booth, and does have some college experience.

Marquee Matchups: Opposite Ends - Pro Football Focus
Last Thursday in Oakland the Denver Broncos won their eighth straight game of the season to extend their league-leading winning streak and tick off the first in a series of must win games to keep alive their hopes of a first=round bye.

Division News

One guy to watch - AFC West Blog - ESPN
Denver, Rahim Moore, safety:

Week 15 stats to know - AFC West Blog - ESPN
Courtesy of ESPN Stats & Information, here is one key statistic for each AFC West team heading into Week 15:

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | Word of Muth: KC Exit Interview
It’s December, which means it's also the time of year where I start dropping teams that aren't contending.

Rolando McClain's fall from grace continues - AFC West Blog - ESPN
How far has middle linebacker Rolando McClain fallen in Oakland? - Floyd, Chargers aim for strong finish to disappointing year
This season will go down as a disappointment for the Chargers, but they showed resilience in Week 14,

Chargers get good O-line news - AFC West Blog - ESPN
The San Diego Chargers may get some relief for their shattered offensive line Sunday against the Carolina Panthers.

With 11,000 tickets left, Bolts will absorb another blackout | ProFootballTalk
If anyone in Southern California wants to see an underrated matchup between the Panthers and the Chargers on Sunday, - Chargers-Panthers blacked out In San Diego
The Week 15 game between the Chargers and Panthers at Qualcomm Stadium will be blacked out on local television in San Diego.

NFL News

NFL to discuss expanding playoff field, Roger Goodell says - ESPN
Commissioner Roger Goodell said Wednesday at the NFL's owners meetings that the league would spend the next few months exploring playoff expansion.

League deftly changes the subject with talk of playoff expansion | ProFootballTalk
With former Commissioner Paul Tagliabue issuing a stunning rebuke to his successor on Tuesday via the scuttling of the bounty suspensions - Thursday’s 60-second rant: Current playoff system just fine
Commissioner Roger Goodell said Wednesday that the league would spend the next several months exploring playoff expansion. Instead of 12 teams, the league will consider including 14 or 16 in the postseason, Goodell said.

Op-Ed: The NFL Concussion Crisis & The Doctor-Patient Relationship | NFL Concussion Litigation
If you are reading this then you are already well aware of the current concussion crisis in the NFL. No matter where on the spectrum your opinions lie regarding this topic, there is one question that still remains: How did we get here?

The NFL's official policy and management of Social Media |
A show of hands from those that really understand the power of social media.

2013 Draft

Talented but troubled receiver Da’Rick Rogers enters NFL draft | ProFootballTalk
Da’Rick Rogers, a talented wide receiver who had a 1,000-yard season at Tennessee as a sophomore but was kicked off the team for positive drug tests, is entering the 2013 NFL draft.

Miscellaneous Stuff

Eric Dickerson doesn’t want Adrian Peterson to break his record | ProFootballTalk
Vikings running back Adrian Peterson has openly discussed his goal of breaking Eric Dickerson’s single-season rushing record.

Salary cap kings | National Football Post
Surprisingly, a quarterback doesn’t appear on the list until No. 3.

PFT Live: King says Atkins is best DT in NFL | ProFootballTalk
Mike Florio talks with former NFL quarterback and NBC Sports Network analyst, Shaun King, about how Roger Goodell handled the bounty case,

Texans punter says "I’m not an actual ‘football’ player" | ProFootballTalk
Texans punter Donnie Jones injured his leg trying to tackle Pats receiver Wes Welker on Monday night.

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