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Denver Broncos News: Horse Tracks - 9/10/12


Peyton Manning throws 400th career touchdown pass -
Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning has become the third player in NFL history to throw 400 career touchdown passes.

Peyton Manning makes Denver Broncos force in AFC -
The Denver Broncos huddled for the first three possession of the Peyton Manning era. They punted twice and fumbled. It was all very Broncos offense, circa 2011.

Porter Shines Opposite Bailey
Cornerback Tracy Porter excelled in his Broncos debut, tallying eight tackles, five pass breakups, and a pick-six to seal the Broncos' victory.

Starting Off Strong
The Broncos used a strong second half to defeat the Pittsburgh Steelers 31-19 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High to begin the season 1-0.

Clutch Defense Lifts Broncos
The Broncos defense came alive down the stretch to spur a season-opening 31-19 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Denver Broncos Videos

EXCLUSIVE: Locker Room Celebration
Go inside the locker room immediately following the team's season opening win over the Steelers.

Broncos vs. Steelers: Manning
QB Peyton Manning talks about throwing his 400th career touchdown pass and winning in his Broncos regular-season debut.

Broncos vs. Steelers: Fox
Head Coach John Fox talks about Denver's 31-19 season-opening victory over Pittsburgh.

NFLN: Peyton Manning Makes Broncos Debut
QB Peyton Manning threw for 253 yards and two scores in a thrilling 31-19 victory over the Steelers in his first regular-season game as a Bronco.

NFLN: Manning to Thomas for Touchdown 400
Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning gets his first touchdown of the season after hooking up with WR Demaryius Thomas for a 71-yard touchdown to gain 14-13 lead over the Pittsburgh Steelers in the third quarter.

NFL Videos: Peyton Manning reactions after Week 1
03:08 – Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning reacts to being back on the field and the Broncos Week 1 victory over the Steelers.

NFL Videos: Week 1: Peyton Manning highlights
01:20 – Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning shows no rust in his elite performance as he throws for 253 yards and two scores in a thrilling 31-19 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Peyton Joins Jilted Quarterbacks Club - ESPN Video - ESPN
Legendary QB's Joe Namath, Joe Montana and Brett Favre discuss what Peyton Manning may encounter as he starts for the Broncos after spending his entire career with the Colts.

NFLN: Knowshon Moreno 7-yard TD run
RB Knowshon Moreno breaks free for a 7-yard touchdown to give Denver a 7-3 lead over the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Video: Broncos tight end Joel Dreessen answers three fan questions - Lindsay Jones
The Post kicked off our annual Q+A series with Broncos players today with tight end Joel Dreessen. Make sure you click on over and read that story about Dreessen’s return to Denver and his life on and off the football field.

Falcons Trounce Chiefs, 40-24 - ESPN Video - ESPN
Matt Ryan threw for three touchdowns and ran for one in the Falcons 40-24 win over the Chiefs.

Sunday Blitz: Falcons-Chiefs Recap - ESPN Video - ESPN
Zubin Mehenti and Cris Carter break down the Falcons' 40-24 rout of the Chiefs.

Denver Broncos Blogs

Inside the game: Five defensive backs still a problem, but offseason additions pay dividends - The Denver Post - Jeff Legwold
The Broncos spent plenty of their time and money during the offseason trying to answer the question that stumped them for much of their stretch drive in 2011.

Broncos defense fails to stop Steelers on third downs - The Denver Post - Lindsay Jones
Third-and-long is a pass rusher's dream down.

Broncos' Tracy Porter guesses right on key play for interception - The Denver Post
Tracy Porter isn't afraid to guess. The Broncos' new cornerback — arguably the team's top offseason acquisition not named Peyton Manning — was guessing along with Ben Roethlisberger all night.

Breaking down the Denver win with Tony Dungy | ProFootballTalk
After Sunday night’s season-opening win by the Broncos over the Steelers, Tony Dungy and

Leading Off: Manning Wins Big; Irsay Loses Bigger -
The resounding conclusion of the circus that was Indianapolis’s jettisoning of quarterback Peyton Manning after last season

Broncos-Steelers draw huge TV numbers in Peyton Manning's Denver debut - LINDSAY JONES
More people in Denver watched last night’s Broncos-Steelers game than have watched any regular-season Broncos game since 2003.

Offense, defense, special teams: How the Broncos fared vs. Steelers - Jeff Legwold
In his first regular-season start with the Broncos, quarterback Peyton Manning was every bit the master craftsman the team hoped it was signing in March as the longtime Colt controlled the tempo against one of the league’s toughest defenses.

Broncos CB Champ Bailey praises defensive effort vs. Steelers - Lindsay Jones
Sure there were frustrating times Sunday night for the Broncos defense, but Champ Bailey said he was happy with the way his unit responded from a difficult couple of quarters.

Hamstring, ribs factor in Ronnie Hillman, Andre Caldwell not dressing for Broncos | First-and-Orange - Mike Klis
The first game brought the first set of surprises in the Broncos’ game-day roster as running back Ronnie Hillman and receiver Andre "Bubba" Caldwell were deactivated. - Manning leads Broncos to win in his return
After 611 days away, Peyton Manning couldn't wait to get back on the field. Ben Roethlisberger seemed determined to keep him on the sideline Sunday night.

Tamme touchdown brings convoluted rule back into focus | ProFootballTalk
The short touchdown pass from Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning to Broncos tight end Jacob Tamme that gave Denver the lead over the Steelers in the fourth quarter raised few eyebrows in real time.

Sunday night wrap-up: Yeah, that Manning guy, he’s OK | ProFootballTalk
As tempting as it is to say Peyton Manning’s back, it’s also unnecessary.

Peyton Manning leads Denver Broncos to strong first win over Steelers - The Denver Post - Mike Klis
Hurry-up Peyton. Slow it down, third-down Ben Roethlisberger.

Denver Broncos vs. Pittsburgh Steelers live: Manning debuts in Denver - The Denver Post - Lindsay Jones
The most anticipated Denver Broncos season opener in years has finally arrived.

What the Broncos and Steelers said after Denver's 31-19 victory - The Denver Post
After the Denver Broncos defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers 31-19 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on Sunday, players and coaches responded. Here's what they had to say:

Demaryius Thomas burns Steelers again - AFC West Blog - ESPN
It wasn’t a game-winner in overtime in the playoffs.

Rapid Reaction: Broncos 31, Steelers 19 - AFC West Blog - ESPN
A look back at a tremendous game in Denver on Sunday night:

Was Peyton Manning ever gone? - AFC West Blog - ESPN
Just another fourth-quarter comeback for the Denver Broncos.

Peyton Manning looks like old self in his first Broncos win - NFL - Sporting News
Through three possessions Sunday night, the Broncos' offense was in third gear.

MaxDenver " Broncos 31, Steelers 19: Three Observations
Three observations from the Broncos’ 31-19 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday night:

This Weeks Match up - Falcons anticipate better start for offensive line
Falcons QB Matt Ryan’s decision to make getting stronger a top priority of his in the offseason was not intended to only help him get the ball downfield with greater authority. - Ryan throws three TDs as Falcons top Chiefs
The Falcons gladly took advantage of a short-handed Chiefs defense Sunday.

Atlanta’s offense in midseason (not postseason) form | ProFootballTalk
The wheels fell off for the Chiefs in the second half. But the Falcons kept rolling.

Future Foes

Monday's Matchups -
Philip Rivers and Carson Palmer may not make anyone forget the passing of Dan Fouts or Daryle Lamonica, but this is one game that could be decided in a particularly vertical fashion.

NFL News

NFL brought all replacement officials to New York after opener | ProFootballTalk
As the NFL prepares for the first full Sunday of regular-season action with replacement officials, the final preparations included a two-day visit to New York.

Sources -- NFL trained fill-in referees in N.Y. last week - ESPN
The NFL is preparing replacement referees as much as it possibly can, going so far as to bring 17 referees to New York this past week to watch Wednesday night's Dallas Cowboys-New York Giants regular-season opener with the league's head of officials, Carl Johnson, at the league's offices, according to sources.

Watch for illegal contact with receivers during regular-season games | ProFootballTalk
One thing to keep in mind as the replacement officials become real officials is that the real officials don’t have any NFL experience.

Report: NFLPA asks league to bring back locked-out officials | ProFootballTalk
When it comes to the lockout of officials, the NFL Players Association has been largely huffing and puffing.

NFLPA threatens "appropriate action" over replacement officials | ProFootballTalk
Jay Glazer of FOX reported earlier today that the NFLPA expressed to the league in writing its concerns regarding the replacement officials. We have now obtained the writing.

Mario Williams of Buffalo Bills rips replacement refs after loss - ESPN New York
Buffalo Bills marquee free-agent acquisition Mario Williams ripped the NFL's replacement officials for not calling numerous illegal hands to the face penalties on New York Jets right tackle Austin Howard in his team's 48-28 loss Sunday.

Refereeing the Referees -
Replacement referees will be under the microscope early this season. The New York Times will monitor games for plays that appear to be incorrectly called.

NFLPA head DeMaurice Smith warns suspension battle not over - ESPN
NFL Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith sent a letter to players Sunday morning, exalting the recent decision to overturn suspensions handed down to New Orleans Saints involved in the bounty scandal.

Miscellaneous Stuff

David Akers ties NFL record with 63-yard field goal | ProFootballTalk
David Akers still has plenty of strength in his 37-year-old leg.

3 Week 1 games played out from an NFL GM's perspective |
One thing that drives me crazy, both inside the League and from the outside looking back in, is how often those that report on professional football throw out opinions and then don’t follow them up.

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