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Denver Broncos News: Horse Tracks - 12/20/12

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'Next Man Up' Paying Dividends
When the Broncos have faced injuries, the roster has responded in a big way.

Not Judging Browns by Record
Denver knows it will need to be at its best Sunday against Cleveland.

Winning for Teammates "
With so many veterans on the team, the Broncos have had the chance to grab wins for former teammates in a variety of venues.

Manning Utilizing Elway’s Knowledge "
Quarterback Peyton Manning has a unique advantage within the Broncos’ Dove Valley headquarters. There’s a Hall of Fame quarterback in Executive Vice President of Football Operations John Elway right upstairs.

Browns Bring Rookie Tandem to Denver "
The Broncos face a unique challenge on Sunday as they host a team that is out of playoff contention, but has won three of its last four games.

Denver Broncos Videos

Snow Brings Sense of December Focus
Week 16 is here and the Broncos know how important the next two games are in terms of gearing up for the postseason.

Manning on Improving, Preparing for Cleveland
Peyton Manning talks to the press after Wednesday's practice.

Fox on Browns, Not Looking Past Week 16
Head Coach John Fox talks to the press after Wednesday's practice.

Countdown Daily AccuScore: CLE-DEN - ESPN Video - ESPN
Prim Siripipat goes inside the numbers for the Browns-Broncos

Countdown Daily AccuScore: IND-KC - ESPN Video - ESPN
Prim Siripipat goes inside the numbers for the Colts-Chiefs

Countdown Daily AccuScore: OAK-CAR - ESPN Video - ESPN
Prim Siripipat goes inside the numbers for the Raiders-Panthers

Can Calvin Johnson Break Rice's Single-Season Receiving Record? - ESPN Video - ESPN
Steve Young discusses Calvin Johnson's work ethic and route running, which may help Johnson to break Jerry Rice's single-season receiving record.

Denver Broncos Blogs

Von Miller vs. Aldon Smith: Which pass rusher is superior? -
The seismic shift that turned the NFL into a passing league has made it imperative that elite defenses feature impact playmakers on the edges. Pass rushers with the speed, quickness and athleticism to create chaos are valued at a premium by scouts and coaches.

Kiszla: John Elway deserves to be NFL executive of the year - The Denver Post
NFL records are meant to be broken by John Elway.

Broncos prez says team considering construction of new indoor facility - The Denver Post - Mike Klis
When the wintry weather Wednesday forced the Broncos to practice indoors at a facility that is a short bus ride away and is primarily used for soccer, it prompted an obvious question:

Broncos' Peyton Manning finds exec John Elway to be "great resource" - The Denver Post
While analyzing and evaluating teams during NFL free agency, Peyton Manning couldn't have predicted that the Broncos would have a nine-game winning streak or that they would clinch a berth in the playoffs early in December.

Injury-plagued guard Chris Kuper sits out Broncos' indoors practice - The Denver Post
Injuries have made this a difficult season for Broncos guard Chris Kuper, and the seventh-year pro was held out of practice Wednesday.

Chris Harris' play keeps disenchanted Tracy Porter on Broncos' sideline - The Denver Post - Jeff Legwold
Q: As a huge Broncos fan, I can't help but question the coaching staff on the reasoning for not playing Tracy Porter.

Randy Gradishar believes Von Miller has what it takes for NFL award - The Denver Post - Jeff Legwold
With two games to go in the regular season Broncos linebacker Von Miller is second in the league in sacks with 16, tied for third in the league in forced fumbles with six and second in tackles for loss with 25.

Broncos DTs have quietly helped power Denver defense against the run - The Denver Post - Jeff Legwold
Let's just say Kevin Vickerson's job description, at least the way he defines it, wouldn't have many people breaking down a door to apply.

Browns' Pat Shurmur bringing biggest youth movement in league to Denver - The Denver Post - Jeff Legwold
With one of the youngest teams in the league trying to learn as it goes this season, Browns coach Pat Shurmur said he just hopes the group can get back to "play winning football" against the Broncos this week.

Broncos trying to play spoilers and stop a Browns sweep? Really? | First-and-Orange — The Denver Post
That sounds odd, considering Cleveland will enter Sunday’s game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High with a 5-9 record.

Broncos safety Rahim Moore: No chance of overlooking the Browns
Speaking with reporters Wednesday, Broncos safety Rahim Moore said there is no chance of him being overconfident in Sunday’s game against Cleveland (5-9).

Broncos considering building new indoor practice facility | ProFootballTalk
Despite being located in a city that can be prone to some fairly serious weather from time to time, the Denver Broncos do not have a functional indoor facility at their headquarters to utilize in inclement weather conditions.

Broncos were high on Weeden, until they got Manning | ProFootballTalk
The Broncos’ decision-makers were in Stillwater, Okla., scouting Brandon Weeden when Brandon Weeden became a moot point to them.

Division News

Difficult process underway in KC - AFC West Blog - ESPN
A report from a Houston radio station that the Kansas City Chiefs have informed general manager Scott Pioli and coach Romeo Crennel they won’t return next year is inaccurate, reports, and a decision will be made after the season.

Vincent Brown to practice, not play - AFC West Blog - ESPN
Chargers receiver Vincent Brown is returning to practice Wednesday. He has been on the injured reserve (with the designation to return) since the preseason.

Norv talks about becoming a coordinator again | ProFootballTalk
Chargers coach Norv Turner is an excellent offensive coordinator. In fact, he’s so good at it that he keeps getting hired to be a head coach based on his skills and abilities as an offensive coordinator.

Chiefs have not delivered pink slips to Crennel and Pioli, yet | ProFootballTalk
As the Chiefs wrap up what may be the worst season in franchise history, head coach Romeo Crennel and General Manager Scott Pioli may be ready to fall out of the hot seat and into the fire.

Chiefs bypass Ricky Stanzi - AFC West Blog - ESPN
I think we can forget about Ricky Stanzi being a viable starting quarterback option for the Kansas City Chiefs.

Crennel said Quinn’s ribs won’t keep him from starting | ProFootballTalk
After suggesting earlier in the week there was a "possibility" that Ricky Stanzi could start at quarterback this week, Chiefs coach Romeo Crennel indicated he might not have to push that button.

Five field goals earn Sebastian Janikowski player of the week honor | ProFootballTalk
Only one player scored any points in Sunday’s Raiders-Chiefs game, so it’s unsurprising that that player won an AFC player of the week honor.

Oakland struggles to afford an NFL team | ProFootballTalk
Lost in the emerging debate regarding whether the Raiders will get a new stadium in Oakland is whether Oakland can afford to host and help build it.

NFL News

Cap carryover makes late-season extensions irrelevant | ProFootballTalk
Changes to the rules regarding free agency and the salary cap often have unintended consequences.

NFL admits officials, replay assistant screwed up on 49ers fumble | ProFootballTalk
During the first quarter of Sunday’s 49ers-Patriots game, San Francisco’s Colin Kaepernick hit Delanie Walker with a pass, and New England’s Steve Gregory hit Walker just as he grabbed the ball, knocking it loose.

2013 Draft

NFP Scout Talk: Top OLBs | National Football Post
NFL front office men grade Khaseem Green, Chase Thomas and the rest of the draft's top senior outside backers

Miscellaneous Stuff

Jets, Sanchez, Ryan – Wrong mix for NFL QB development? |
The New York Jets 2012 season came to a head Monday Night when starting QB Mark Sanchez threw 4 interceptions in a 14-10 loss to Tennessee.

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