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Denver Broncos News: Horse Tracks - 12/29/12

Horse Tracks: Your Daily Cup of Orange and Blue!

Patrick Smith

Pro Bowl Familiar Territory for This Year's Selections
Denver's five 2013 Pro Bowlers have combined for a league-high 32 Pro Bowl selections.

Taking Care of Our Own Business "
It’s Week 17, and I think there are a lot of things to stay focused on this week.

Denver Broncos Videos

Fox on Kuper, McGahee and Chiefs Prep
Head Coach John Fox outlines the week's final injury report Friday from Dove Valley.

NFL Films Preview: Broncos vs. Chiefs
NFL Films previews the Week 17 matchup between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Denver Broncos

Ignoring the Noise
Playoff position means nothing until Monday, right now, all the Broncos are worried about is Sunday's game against the Chiefs.

NFL Live OT: Which Record Will Fall On Sunday? - ESPN Video - ESPN
Mark Schlereth and Tedy Bruschi discuss the NFL records they think are most likely to be broken on Sunday.

Sherman Avoids Suspension - ESPN Video - ESPN
Chris Mannix, Lomas Brown and Christian Fauria weigh in on the NFL overturning Richard Sherman's PED suspension after appeal.

Oregon offensive lineman Kyle Long - ESPN Video - ESPN
Oregon offensive lineman Kyle Long talks about missing out on the national title game, the Fiesta Bowl against Kansas State and whether NFL rumors about coach Chip Kelly are an issue in the locker room.

Payton To Stay With Saints - ESPN Video - ESPN
Adam Schefter on Sean Payton agreeing to five-year contract extension with the Saints.

NFL Kickoff OT: Week 17 Predictions - ESPN Video - ESPN
NFL Kickoff OT breaks down the key matchups for the final week of the regular season.

Denver Broncos Blogs

Denver Broncos linebacker Wesley Woodyard having a special season - The Denver Post - Jeff Legwold
He's not going to the Pro Bowl. But linebacker Wesley Woodyard still stands alone in the NFL this season.

Denver Broncos' Elvis Dumervil and Von Miller a double-dose headache to quarterbacks - The Denver Post
If Elvis Dumervil and Von Miller weren't wearing football helmets, the dynamic duo of Denver's sack attack might spot a wink from one another just before a play snap. But a nod or some other gesture will suffice.

Broncos-Chiefs: A to-do list for Denver to get its 11th consecutive win - The Denver Post - Jeff Legwold
The Broncos will arrive at their regular-season finale Sunday with plenty on the table.

Broncos' Leonhard, Bolden ready to replace Holliday on returns - The Denver Post
With Friday's announcement that Broncos returner Trindon Holliday is listed as "doubtful" for Sunday's regular season finale against visiting Kansas City with an ankle problem, attention turned to his probable replacements.

Broncos look to be well grounded for a potential postseason run - The Denver Post - Jeff Legwold
Q: Do you think the Broncos have tried to run the ball more lately because they've had big leads or they're trying to get ready for the playoffs?

Broncos returner Leonhard hopes to avoid "goofy" conditions
Broncos punt returner Jim Leonhard likely will replace injured starter Trindon Holliday (listed as doubtful with an ankle injury) in those duties Sunday at Sports Authority Field at Mile High against Kansas City.

Broncos: Win Sunday and it's home or dome rest of the way | First-and-Orange - Mike Klis
It’s simple for the Broncos. Beat the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday at Sports Authority Field at Mile High and the Broncos are guaranteed to play the rest of the postseason either at home, or in a dome.

NFL playoff scenarios: Texans vs. Broncos in final week for No. 1
Here’s a look at team-by-team NFL playoff scenarios and the top seeds heading into the final week of the season, according to

Division News

Is John Elway executive of the year? - AFC West Blog - ESPN
Denver quarterback Peyton Manning and linebacker Von Miller are not the only members of the franchise who will be candidates for major awards after this special season.

Final Word: AFC West - AFC West Blog - ESPN
Five nuggets of knowledge about Week 17:

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.

Matt Leinart: I deserve to start | ProFootballTalk
The Raiders haven’t named their starting quarterback for Sunday’s finale against the Chargers, but one of the candidates believes that he’s deserving of the starting job.

Terrelle Pryor to start for Raiders on Sunday | ProFootballTalk
Matt Leinart believes he deserves to be the Raiders’ starting quarterback on Sunday. Raiders coach Dennis Allen disagrees.

NFL News

Sean Payton headed back to the Saints | National Football Post
Coach reportedly gets 5-year extension after deal was voided

NFL Communications - 2012 NFL Postseason Media Guide "
As anticipation for the 2012 playoffs continues to build, the NFL Communications department has released the 2012 NFL Postseason Media Guide

Newton fined twice, for ref-bump and kick against Raiders | ProFootballTalk
Cam Newton has made multiple donations to the Human Fund this week.

What if the playoffs were expanded this season? - Adam Schefter's 10 Spot - ESPN
Forget about help from other teams. What the Chicago Bears and New York Giants could use right now is the expanded playoff format.

2013 Draft

NFP looks at prospects playing in the Cotton Bowl. | National Football Post
Russ Lande breaks down the key prospects playing in the Cotton Bowl.

Wish list: What eliminated NFL teams need in 2013 -
Ten teams have made the NFL playoffs. Five more teams are fighting for the final two spots in the NFC.

Miscellaneous Stuff

J.J. Watt: Don’t count me out for MVP | ProFootballTalk
Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning and Vikings running back Adrian Peterson are engaged in a two-man race for the NFL Most Valuable Player award

Gonzalez likes "proving people wrong," whoever they are | ProFootballTalk
Many great players will find motivation wherever they can, even if they have to invent it.

Professional Football Player Evaluations - Who's to judge? |
While spending some time with my mother-in-law over Christmas, I ran into one of our former players in Denver.

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