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Denver Broncos News: Horse Tracks - 9/17/12

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Monday Night a New Challenge
The Broncos' first road test comes against an electric offensive attack on Monday Night Football.

Monday's Matchup: Broncos at Falcons -
It was no coincidence when Falcons receiver Roddy White suddenly went from draft bust to superstar wide receiver the same year that Michael Vick was no longer Atlanta’s quarterback.

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.

Bronco News

Broncos at Falcons: Game plan - The Denver Post
Last weekend the Chiefs found room to work against the Falcons' defense up the middle, and

Broncos at Falcons: Five things to watch - The Denver Post
1. Staying clean with abundance of noise

Broncos' Demaryius Thomas returns home to Georgia as emerging star WR - The Denver Post - Mike Klis
Demaryius Thomas was hoping the Broncos' transportation system would arrive here in his college hometown early enough Sunday so he could order out Gladys Knight's chicken and waffles.

Saunders: Broncos familiar faces on "Monday Night Football" - The Denver Post
Broncos fans with old,tattered orange jerseys can recall numerous dramas on "Monday Night Football."

Texans tune up for Broncos by routing Jaguars 27-7 - The Denver Post
All those boos last week just seem silly now.

Division News

Chiefs will never win big with Pioli in charge -
Scott Pioli pushed his way through a doorway, into the Ralph Wilson Stadium tunnel and then, alone, disappeared into the Chiefs’ locker room.

Kansas City Chiefs TE Kevin Boss out vs. Buffalo Bills after taking blow to head - ESPN
Chiefs tight end Kevin Boss will be re-evaluated after being knocked woozy with a blow to the head in Kansas City's 35-17 loss to the Buffalo Bills on Sunday. - Bills send Chiefs to 0-2 in 35-17 rout
C.J. Spiller scored twice and had 123 yards rushing in sparking the Buffalo Bills' 35-17 rout over the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday.

Spiller credits line, decisiveness for 292 yards on 29 carries | ProFootballTalk
Bills running back C.J. Spiller is having quite a coming-out party for Buffalo. The ninth overall pick in the 2010 draft is averaging more than 10 yards per carry.

Wrap-up: Bill 35, Chiefs 17 - AFC West Blog - ESPN
The Kansas City Chiefs are 0-2 after a 35-17 loss and they look terrible.

Jon Condo will long snap for Raiders | ProFootballTalk
The Raiders lost on Monday night in large part because they didn’t have a backup plan when long snapper Jon Condo left the game with a head injury.

Wrap-up: Dolphins 35, Raiders 13 - AFC West Blog - ESPN
The new regime in Oakland is off to a rocky start. The Raiders are 0-2 and have not looked good. - Rosario, Chargers roll past Titans
Dante Rosario made the most of Antonio Gates' absence.

Dante Rosario has a habit of heroics in San Diego | ProFootballTalk
Dante Rosario may never leave San Diego.

San Diego setting the right tone early - AFC West Blog - ESPN
Every year the San Diego Chargers seem to set a tone early in the season.

NFL News

Coaches warned about bullying replacement officials | ProFootballTalk
As Peter King pointed out a few weeks ago in his Monday Morning Quarterback column, a replacement official picked up a flag for pass interference after the official was berated by a head coach.

Quarterbacks need to watch their gestures | ProFootballTalk
With Peyton Manning hitting the road for the first time as a member of the Broncos and venturing into a domed stadium, he may be tempted to deal with the noise by flailing his arms and stomping his feet

Officials having rough day in Pittsburgh | ProFootballTalk
The replacement officials got mostly high marks after their first weekend of work, but no clear-headed assessment of the crew working Sunday’s Jets-Steelers game could be so kind.

League can’t fire locked-out refs | ProFootballTalk
Despite the fact that more and more high-profile players are calling for the NFL to bring back the locked-out officials, plenty of fans continue to believe the league should play hardball.

Ray Lewis says it’s time for refs to return | ProFootballTalk
Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco wasn’t the only member of the team to sound off on the absence of the locked-out officials after Sunday’s loss to the Eagles. Linebacker Ray Lewis did the same.

Miscellaneous Stuff

LeGrand, 'Buc for Life,' Receives Warm Ovation Before Giants-Bucs Game -
Eric LeGrand might be the only person who can wear a Tampa Bay Buccaneers jersey for the coin toss at MetLife Stadium and be cheered by Giants fans.

Winning in College and NFL Football - It's part of a culture |
Recently I interviewed former Dallas Cowboy and Air Force Academy All-American Chad Hennings for a book I’m writing on factors of team building.

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