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Denver Broncos News: Horse Tracks - 9/27/12

Broncos Want Consistency, Prepare for Oakland

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Manning, Broncos Want Consistency
While the Broncos have been stellar in the fourth quarter, quarterback Peyton Manning said the team needs to extend that performance to all 60 minutes.

Broncos Prepared for Potential Mays Absence "
On Sunday, the Broncos could be without an anchor in the middle of the defense.

Oakland Week
Players both old and new to the Denver-Oakland rivalry understand the significance of Sunday’s game that opens AFC West play for the Broncos.

Notebook: Preparing for Raiders' Speed
The Broncos get ready for the speed of the Raiders' D, discuss stopping Oakland running back Darren McFadden and guard Chris Kuper returns to the practice field.

Palmer: ‘Completely Different Feel’ in Oakland "
Quarterback Carson Palmer’s first start for the Oakland Raiders ended with a 28-14 loss to the Broncos in Week 9 of the 2011 season.

Denver Broncos Videos

Raiders Week - Wednesday: Fox
Head Coach John Fox talks about moving past Sunday's loss and preparing for the Raiders.

Raiders Week - Wednesday: Manning
Quarterback Peyton Manning talks about the Raiders defense and his first game as a part of the historic rivalry.

Blogger Blitz: Players deserve better - AFC West Blog - ESPN
Here are my thoughts on why the referee labor dispute must end now. The players risk their health in the name of victory every week and it is not fair that they are putting themselves in harm's way when games are being unfairly lost.

DeMaurice Smith Reiterates Health And Safety Issue - ESPN Video - ESPN
Herm Edwards discusses DeMaurice Smith's comments calling the ongoing issues with replacement referees a "health and safety issue" for players.

Countdown Daily AccuScore: SD-KC - ESPN Video - ESPN
Prim Siripipat goes inside the numbers for the Chargers-Chiefs matchup

Countdown Daily AccuScore: OAK-DEN - ESPN Video - ESPN
Prim Siripipat goes inside the numbers for the Raiders-Broncos matchup

The Word: Replacement refs hurting the NFL? - ESPN Video - ESPN
Prim Siripipat is joined by Julie Foudy and Jackie MacMullan to discuss the impact the replacement officials are having on the NFL.

Denver Broncos Blogs

Willis McGahee reaches out to Denver prep star who tore ACL - Lindsay Jones
It has been nearly a decade since Willis McGahee suffered a horrific knee injury in his final college football game. But McGahee hasn’t forgotten what that injury felt like physically and emotionally.

Four Broncos starters return to practice in preparation for Raiders - The Denver Post - Lindsay Jones
An injury report that looked terrible Sunday night isn't quite as bad as the Broncos returned to practice Wednesday morning.

Peyton Manning prepping for first Broncos-Raiders rivalry game - The Denver Post
Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning is looking forward to his baptism into the Denver-Oakland football rivalry Sunday, but he's not sure he'll completely understand it until Denver plays the Raiders Dec. 6 in Oakland.

John Fox laughs off questions about Peyton Manning’s arm | ProFootballTalk
Questions have been raised this week about Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning’s arm, and whether he can throw the football as well now as he could before the neck surgeries that cost him the 2011 season. Broncos coach John Fox finds those questions funny.

Broncos sound off on NFL lockout; "We need the real refs" Bailey says - The Denver Post - Mike Klis
That does it. Everything is relative. Everything.

Quick Take: Broncos get tricky game vs. Raiders - and NFL Network reporter Ian Rapoport has his thoughts on the game: - Exploit or avoid: Look for Manning to move forward
In "Exploit or Avoid," we take a close look at some of the week's more favorable — and tough — matchups for skill-position players. Here's who we like on each side of the ledger in Week Four:

Broncos safety Rahim Moore remains work in progress - The Denver Post - Jeff Legwold
Q: Rahim Moore was the first safety taken in the draft last year and the Broncos' second-round pick. He was supposed to be the second coming of, if not Steve Atwater, then at least Dennis Smith. So far he has been a bust.

Mitch Unrein says Joe Mays plays game the way it's meant to be played - The Denver Post - Lindsay Jones
A day after the NFL suspended Broncos middle linebacker Joe Mays one game and fined him $50,000 for a helmet-to-helmet hit on Texans quarterback Matt Schaub, Mays' teammates had difficulty accepting the punishment.

Broncos defense bracing for bugaboo in Raiders' Darren McFadden - The Denver Post - Jeff Legwold
The Raiders have taken some heat for their run game early on this season. It is a zone-blocking scheme, the same kind of rushing offense the Broncos played in Mike Shanahan's tenure as coach. It features former Broncos guard Cooper Carlisle — from those Shanahan days gone by — in the front.

Peyton Manning, Carson Palmer have each carried immense expectations - The Denver Post - Jeff Legwold
Maybe someday they will look back with a chuckle, a shake of the head, a can-you-believe-that story or two.

Division News

Chiefs, Raiders avoiding yellow - AFC West Blog - ESPN
While they are both just 1-2, the Kansas City Chiefs and the Oakland Raiders have been among the cleanest teams in the NFL through the first three weeks of the season.

By the numbers: Best in the West - AFC West Blog - ESPN
Here is a look at the division leaders in some key statistical categories after Week 3:

Gaither, Kuper close to playing - AFC West Blog - ESPN
Two pivotal AFC West offensive linemen are working their way back to the field.

Quick Take: Chiefs host Bolts in key AFC West tilt - and NFL Network reporter Ian Rapoport has his thoughts on the game:

Jamaal Charles runs away with AFC offensive player of the week | ProFootballTalk
Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles rushed for 233 yards and a touchdown on 33 carries in Kansas City’s Week Three upset of the New Orleans Saints. - Chiefs place C Hudson on I.R.
The Chiefs placed starting C Rodney Hudson on injured reserve and signed OG Russ Hochstein and C Bryan Mattison.

Houston is more than just in a rush - AFC West Blog - ESPN
Justin Houston is a pass-rusher by nature.

Ryan Mundy fined for Heyward-Bey hit - AFC West Blog - ESPN
Pittsburgh safety Ryan Mundy was fined $21,000 for a brutal hit on Oakland receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey on Sunday, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Raiders Sign Veteran Defensive Lineman Andre Carter
Oakland Raiders on Wednesday signed veteran free agent defensive lineman Andre Carter.

Raiders dump another third-round pick | ProFootballTalk
The new regime in Oakland continues to break with its not-too-distant past, by cutting Al Davis draft picks.

Chargers extend Floyd through 2015 | ProFootballTalk
With receiver Malcom Floyd on track for the first 1,000-yard season of his nine-year career, the Chargers have taken steps to keep him around for at least three more seasons.

NFL News

NFL’s rulebook, casebook confirm call was incorrect | ProFootballTalk
The NFL’s adroitly-drafted statement regarding the Monday night debacle in Seattle glosses over the most important question presented by the play.

Ed Hochuli has led training for locked out referees | National Football Post
Has been conducting weekly conference calls - Report: NFL, NFLRA agree on developmental program
The NFL and NFL Referees Association came to an agreement regarding one key issue on Wednesday, but negotiations continue.

Miscellaneous Stuff

How do agents find new clients? | National Football Post
An agent of 25 years reveals how he and others identify potential clients.

Advanced NFL Stats: An Alternative View on the Officiating Debacle
Part of the problem has nothing to do with the replacement refs. It’s just the rules.

Former Chicago Bears QB Jim McMahon says, if he could do it over, he would play baseball - ESPN Chicago
Former Chicago Bears quarterback Jim McMahon, who is suffering from early-stage dementia, has told a Chicago television station that while he appreciates what football has done for him, if he could do it over, he would play baseball.

The hypocrisy of violence in NFL & NCAA Football |
There is an article up on CBS’ website, that lists the most egregious errors by replacement officials. For the purpose of this article, let’s focus on #’s 5 and 4.

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