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Denver Broncos News: Horse Tracks - 12/28/12

Horse Tracks: Your Daily Cup of Orange and Blue!

Al Bello

Broncos Look to Corral Charles, Chiefs
Denver knows that one key to victory will be containing Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles.

Manning: Chiefs Bring 'Great Test'
Kansas City's stout defense gives Denver one last chance to perfect its product before the playoffs.

Focused on the Field
The Broncos aren't allowing anything to distract them from Sunday's regular-season finale against the Chiefs.

Broncos React to Pro Bowl Honors
The five Broncos who were named to the 2013 Pro Bowl talked about the honors.

More Than Five Deserving Broncos
Five Broncos were named to the 2013 Pro Bowl, but coaches and players believe there are more that are equally deserving.

The Consummate Pro
With his veteran leadership, Champ Bailey has helped keep the Broncos on track in 2012.

Denver Broncos Videos

Honored by Their Peers
Highlights and player reaction from the Pro Bowl bound Broncos.

Del Rio on Slowing Down Chiefs' Charles
Defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio talks about the team's defensive Pro Bowlers and preparing for Kansas City.

McCoy on Avoiding 3rd and Long
Offensive coordinator Mike McCoy on why it'll be important to stay in phase against the Chiefs.

Bailey on 12th Pro Bowl Nod
Champ Bailey talks about being selected to his 12th career Pro Bowl team.

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

NFL Live OT: Better Seed For Broncos - ESPN Video - ESPN
Mark Schlereth and Jason Taylor discuss whether the Broncos would be better off as the 2-seed than the 1-seed.

Does Peyton Manning Deserve Pro Bowl Start? - ESPN Video - ESPN
Eric Mangini, Christian Fauria and Chris Mannix discuss Peyton Manning being named the AFC starter in the Pro Bowl.

NFL Cold Hard Facts - ESPN Video - ESPN
NFL experts break down who wins battle for NFC East, key for Texans against Colts, and what's more impressive: Adrian Peterson breaking record or Vikings making playoffs.

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

Bowl Prospects - ESPN Video - ESPN
Scouts Inc. breaks down the top prospects playing in this week's bowl games.

Sherman Says He Won Appeal - ESPN Video - ESPN
John Clayton discusses the Seahawks Richard Sherman winning his appeal for PED suspension.

Lomas Brown Reacts To Scott Mitchell's Comments - ESPN Video - ESPN
Lomas Brown discusses Scott Mitchell's reaction to Brown's story about letting a tackler knock Mitchell out of a game.

Pro Bowl Snubs - ESPN Video - ESPN
Adam Schefter gives his list of notable Pro Bowl snubs.

Denver Broncos Blogs

Broncos need better production on early downs vs. Kansas City - The Denver Post
During its current 10-game winning streak, Denver has failed to score 30 or more points only twice.

Veterans like Peyton Manning, Elvis Dumervil keep Broncos in check - The Denver Post - Jeff Legwold
Q: I have two questions that are related. My first question is how are the different players in the locker room reacting to Peyton Manning's popularity outside of Denver?

Broncos'Von Miller gives nod to the talent of Kansas City's Charles
Broncos defensive end Von Miller probably didn’t have to be reminded that during Denver’s current 10-game winning streak, Kansas City’s Jamaal Charles is the only opponent to reach the century mark in rushing.

Broncos coach John Fox not concerned with what oddsmakers say | First-and-Orange — The Denver Post
With his team preparing for the regular-season finale Sunday against Kansas City, Broncos coach John Fox discounted reports that

Denver's defensive dominance - AFC West Blog - ESPN
It is clear Peyton Manning has made a huge impact during Denver’s 12-3 season. However, it has not been all Manning.

Peyton Manning expected to play entire game | ProFootballTalk
During Peyton Manning’s tenure with the Colts, the 16th game of the season was usually the best day of the year for his backup.

Denver Broncos' Keith Brooking still means business at linebacker - The Denver Post - Jeff Legwold
When NFL training camps opened this year, Keith Brooking wasn't in one. He hoped to be in camp, and believed he should be, but that didn't make the phone ring.

NFL veterans Peyton Manning, Elvis Dumervil keep Broncos in check - The Denver Post - Jeff Legwold
Q: I have two questions. First, how are players in the locker room reacting to Peyton Manning's popularity outside of Denver?

Broncos notes: Thomas, Woodyard are Pro Bowlers to teammates - The Denver Post - Jeff Legwold
Wide receiver Demaryius Thomas and linebacker Wesley Woodyard weren't selected to the Pro Bowl, even though their teammates say they should have been picked.

Do the Denver Broncos have what it takes to win the Super Bowl? - The Denver Post - Mike Klis
It takes 16 games over four months for the NFL to divide the haves from the have-nots. Then the six-team AFC playoff field is set, and by all appearances, they can divvy up the haves from have-nots again.

Broncos rookie report: Derek Wolfe has sacks in two consecutive games - The Denver Post - Jeff Legwold
DT Derek Wolfe — Wolfe had his fifth sack of the season against the Browns and his second in the last two games.

Around the AFC West: Pro Bowl snubs a sign of work to be done - The Denver Post - Jeff Legwold
Call it the state of the AFC West union, but this week's Pro Bowl announcements showed where the division sits in the NFL's big picture.

Division News

Jamaal Charles gaining ground at a rate unseen in NFL history | ProFootballTalk
The Chiefs are completing a miserable season that may cost everyone in the front office and coaching staff their jobs, but there’s one very valuable asset that whoever takes over the Chiefs next season will inherit: A running back who has blown away the NFL’s all-time record for yards per carry.

Romeo Crennel hits the injured list | ProFootballTalk
Through all of the things that have gone wrong for the Chiefs over the last 15 games, coach Romeo Crennel could always fall back on an old chestnut to find the bright side.

Raiders place Richard Seymour on IR | ProFootballTalk
In what could be the end of his run with the Raiders, Richard Seymour has been placed on injured reserve, according to Steve Corkran of the Contra Costa Times.

Was Richard Seymour era a success? - AFC West Blog - ESPN
Richard Seymour -- who will be remembered as one of Al Davis’ last, wild shots at greatness for his franchise -- is likely done with the Silver and Black.

Matt Leinart struggled for Oakland Raiders, OC says -
Oakland Raiders coach Dennis Allen is scheduled to pick a starting quarterback for this weekend's game against the San Diego Chargers after Friday's practice. Matt Leinart desperately wants to be that guy.

NFL News

Leaking cup helped Sherman avoid suspension | ProFootballTalk
In appealing his four-game suspension for violating the NFL’s policy regarding anabolic steroids and related substances, Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman raised multiple issues regarding the sample collection and testing process.

Why is NFL union fighting HGH testing?
And how are football players getting so supersized?

Several single-season records may fall on Sunday | ProFootballTalk
With the NFL season coming to a close on Sunday, several players are on the verge of earning top spots in the NFL Record and Fact Book for their performances in 2012.

2013 Draft

Underclassmen - Should they stay or go? | National Football Post
Russ Lande offers his opinion on three under-classmen.

Geno Smith, Mike Glennon among top prospects in bowl games -
West Virginia's Geno Smith and N.C. State's Mike Glennon are battling to be the first QB taken in the 2013 NFL Draft. Bucky Brooks analyzes both in his scouting primer for late-December bowls.

Florida S Saunders, OL Patchan leaving program - Yahoo! Sports
Florida safety De'Ante Saunders and offensive tackle Matt Patchan are leaving the program.

Miscellaneous Stuff

Adrian Peterson inspires a list of the top 10 individual seasons in NFL history - ESPN
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady enjoyed a 2007 regular season so dominant that he made us ponder how his performance stacked up against the greatest years in the history of the league.

Steven Jackson muses about retirement | ProFootballTalk
It’s been a couple of years since a high-profile player publicly wrestled with retirement.

Lomas Brown has some regrets about letting Scott Mitchell get hurt | ProFootballTalk
Former Lions offensive tackle Lomas Brown, who boasted last week that he intentionally missed a block so teammate Scott Mitchell would get hurt, now says he regrets it.

Josh Cribbs unhappy Cleveland Browns keep rebuilding -
Count Josh Cribbs among those wishing the Cleveland Browns would pump the brakes on yet another regime change

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