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Denver Broncos News: Horse Tracks - 12/18/12

Horse Tracks: Your Daily Cup of Orange and Blue!

Cameron Spencer

Denver Controls Destiny, Remains Focused
The Broncos can cement a first-round bye by winning out. But Denver is focused solely on this week's opponent.

Decker Leads Air-Attack in Second Straight Week "
Cornerback Chris Harris provided a pivotal momentum swing just before the first half of Sunday’s win against the Ravens ended with his 98-yard interception return for a touchdown.

Spreading the Ball Around
Ball distribution is a crucial component of Denver's offensive attack.

Next Day Notebook: Still Growing
The Broncos know they still have room to improve, running back Knowshon Moreno turns in another strong performance and kicker Matt Prater and punter Britton Colquitt show off their tackling abilities.

Denver Broncos Videos

Fox on Playoff Scenarios
Head Coach John Fox talks to the press Monday at Dove Valley.

Decker: 'Our Focus is on Cleveland'
Eric Decker talks about preparing for Week 16.

PFT Live: Chris Harris on his 98-yard pick six | ProFootballTalk
Mike Florio talks with Broncos CB Chris Harris about his 98-yard interception return for a touchdown against the Ravens, how the Broncos honored those lives taken in Newtown, Conn., and his thoughts about coming into the league as an undrafted player.

Denver Broncos Blogs

Eric Decker helps Denver Broncos get statement win vs. Ravens -
These guys might not exactly be carrying a lunch pail to the stadium each week, but they did bring an industrious, blue-collar, working-man approach to Week 15.

Denver Broncos' Eric Decker shows he's a touchdown maker - The Denver Post - Mike Klis
Some receivers, such as New England's Wes Welker and Dallas' Jason Witten, are catch guys. Lots and lots of catches.

Broncos' Chris Harris shows his value both inside, outside vs. Ravens - The Denver Post - Jeff Legwold
The shopping list for any NFL personnel executive with designs on some trophies for the team's mantle will always include the basic got-to-have items. Items like franchise quarterback, left tackle and edge rusher.

Broncos say they're focused on Sunday, not the playoffs - The Denver Post
Upon returning from Baltimore, Broncos players watched as much as they could of Sunday night's San Francisco win at New England. But there was no celebrating afterward.

Denver Broncos veterans keeping watchful eye over threat of complacency - The Denver Post
If any Broncos player shows the least bit of overconfidence or complacency this week, team leaders will be ready to step up and, um, voice their concerns, Broncos veteran cornerback Champ Bailey said Monday at Dove Valley.

Broncos' defensive showing will put Jack Del Rio on head-coaching radar - The Denver Post - Jeff Legwold
Q: With all the head-coaching jobs projected to be open after the season, what are chances that defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio might be one-and-done in Denver?

Denver Broncos: Moving On - AFC West Blog - ESPN
Here are some areas the Denver Broncos need to focus on after a 34-17 road win at Baltimore on Sunday:

Broncos offense performing better with a little more bulk in formation - The Denver Post - Jeff Legwold
Ferrari or pickup. Pickup or Ferrari.

Denver Broncos' defense wants to slam the door on opposing offenses - The Denver Post - Jeff Legwold
Of the 62 plays the Baltimore Ravens sent toward the Broncos' defense Sunday, one in particular was a topic of conversation in the wake of Denver's 34-17 victory.

Broncos won't relax now - AFC West Blog - ESPN
The Denver Broncos are in control of the No. 2 seed and a first-round bye in the AFC playoffs. - AFC West Spin cycle: Broncos pass test, Raiders shut out Chiefs
The Broncos won their ninth in a row in their biggest test since early in the season, the Raiders shut out the Chiefs and the Chargers got blown out at home by Carolina. Denver keeps cruising, while the rest of the division fights for draft order and pride.

Denver Broncos eyeing ... the Cleveland Browns - The Denver Post
For the record: With a 38-21 home loss Sunday to Washington, Cleveland dropped to 5-9, fourth place (last) in the AFC North.

Division News

Sunday Blitz: Chiefs-Raiders Recap - ESPN Video - ESPN
Jim Basquil and Eric Allen break down the Raiders' 15-0 win over the Chiefs.

Kansas City Chiefs: Moving on - AFC West Blog - ESPN
Here are some areas the Kansas City Chiefs need to focus on after a 15-0 road loss at the Oakland Raiders on Sunday:

Ricky Stanzi starting a "possibility" for Chiefs | ProFootballTalk
There might be a quarterback change coming to Kansas City.

Oakland Raiders: Moving On - AFC West Blog - ESPN
Here are some areas the Oakland Raiders need to focus on defeating the Kansas City Chiefs 15-0 on Sunday:

NFL News

Eliminating kickoffs in the NFL like changing speed limits? |
Last week there were reports that the NFL Competition Committee had considering the elimination of the kickoff all together.

ProFootballTalk: Week 15 questionable calls | ProFootballTalk
Former NFL official Jim Daopoulos breaks down some questionable calls from Week 15 of the NFL season. Did the refs get a big pass interference call from the 49ers-Patriots game correct?

2013 Draft

Gio Bernard of North Carolina plans to apply to enter 2013 draft -
North Carolina tailback Gio Bernard is eager to make his early jump to the NFL.

What NFP is hearing - Draft Rumblings. | National Football Post
Russ Lande takes a look at the stock of four NFL prospects.

West Virginia Mountaineers receiver Stedman Bailey to enter NFL draft - ESPN
West Virginia's record-breaking receiver Stedman Bailey is forgoing his final season to enter the NFL draft.

Miscellaneous Stuff

Ravens putting Jameel McClain on IR with spinal contusion | ProFootballTalk
At this point, the Ravens don’t just need Ray Lewis to come back. - AFC North Spin cycle: Ravens wobbling down the stretch
The Ravens are in the playoffs, but they hardly look like contenders. Meanwhile, the Steelers and Bengals prepare for the biggest game of their seasons. We explore in the AFC North "Spin cycle." - AFC South Spin cycle: Texans again clinch first in division
The Texans became the first AFC South club not named the Colts to win consecutive division titles, doing so fittingly by knocking off the Colts. The Jaguars reached a new low by getting throttled by the Dolphins.

After gaining 50 pounds this year, Jordan Black busted for PEDs | ProFootballTalk
Redskins offensive tackle Jordan Black has boasted this year that he put on 50 pounds to get back up to his playing weight of 310 and return to the NFL after missing the entire 2011 season.

Aldon Smith, J.J. Watt three short of Michael Strahan’s sack record | ProFootballTalk
With two games to play, 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith and Texans defensive end J.J. Watt both have a real chance of breaking Michael Strahan’s NFL record for sacks in a season.

NFL MVP debate: Does Adrian Peterson trump Peyton Manning, Tom Brady? - The Denver Post
"The MVP, man, that's something that I've always wanted to grab. I work hard. I want to be the best player to play this game, so with that, MVP awards come. - Peterson, Watt make MVP cases, rally contenders
What happens when unstoppable force meets and immovable object?

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