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Manning: Prepare Like Every Game's the Super Bowl
With the playoffs underway, quarterback Peyton Manning said the team can't change its mindset of one game at a time.

Legends Collide
Peyton Manning and Ray Lewis will square off for one last time on Saturday.

Peyton Manning: The Comeback
After missing the entire 2011 season, quarterback Peyton Manning has captained his new team to a No. 1 seed and the verge of an AFC Championship Game.

McGahee’s Return to Practice Boosts Run Game
Running back Willis McGahee returned to practice for the first time since his Week 11 knee injury on Tuesday.

Adams Ready to Trade Flip Flops for Cleats
Broncos safety Mike Adams is excited for his first career trip to the postseason.

Denver Broncos Videos

Fox on Manning, Ravens and the Run Game
Head Coach John Fox talks about what's at stake Saturday against the Ravens.

Manning on Ravens Returning to Full Strength
Peyton Manning on preparing for Baltimore, their improved health on defense and how far he's come since a year ago.

Brooking: 'That's What You Live For'
Linebacker Keith Brooking on what makes the playoffs so special.

Dumervil: 'You Want to Limit First Downs'
Elvis Dumervil talks about preparing for Saturday's divisional playoff game against the Ravens.

BTV Report: With High Stakes, Health a Factor
Justin Bannan on what makes the playoffs special while Guard Chris Kuper could start the first postseason game of his career Saturday

Blogger Blitz: Aqib Talib - ESPN Video - ESPN
AFC East blogger James Walker thinks Aqib Talib needs to be a key playmaker for the Patriots to shut down the Texans

Blogger Blitz: Terrell Suggs - ESPN Video - ESPN
AFC North blogger Jamison Hensley talks about how Terrell Suggs has struggled to come back from injury

Blogger Blitz: Can Schaub Handle The Road? - ESPN Video - ESPN
AFC South blogger Paul Kuharsky talks about the Texans' chances of beating the Patriots in New England

Blogger Blitz: Manti Te'o - ESPN Video - ESPN
AFC West blogger Bill Williamson thinks Manti Te'o may have hurt his draft stock with his performance in the BCS Championship game

Breaking Down Aldon Smith's Game - ESPN Video - ESPN
Mark Schlereth talks about what makes Aldon Smith such a special player

Luke Joeckel To Enter NFL Draft - ESPN Video - ESPN
Texas A&M offensive tackle Luke Joeckel will enter the NFL Draft.

Denver Broncos Blogs

Chris Kuper, Willis McGahee return to Broncos practice - The Denver Post - Jeff Legwold
It has been a long, winding, pain-filled road for Broncos guard Chris Kuper this season, but the prospect of playing in the first playoff game of his NFL career just might be the balm to make it all right.

Colorado Classics: Jim Jensen, former Denver Broncos running back - The Denver Post
While growing up in Davenport, Iowa, Jim Jensen dreamed of following his artistic talents to a career working for Walt Disney.

Ravens and Broncos set to battle in playoffs again a dozen years later - The Denver Post - Jeff Legwold
In an odd sort of way, the Ravens come to Denver this weekend trying to bring a little of their past in tow.

Peyton Manning adjusts well to playing with a right-hand glove - The Denver Post - Mike Klis
Maybe someday, Peyton and The Glove will go down with some of more famous player-inanimate object partnerships in NFL history.

Playoff game another step in Peyton Manning's comeback journey - The Denver Post
In Peyton Manning's return from neck surgery, a missed season and a change in teams, he said he has had benchmarks along the way to measure his progress.

What became of former Broncos general manager Brian Xanders? - The Denver Post - Jeff Legwold
Q: Haven't heard or read Brian Xanders' name in all the job-opening mix. I can't see that he wouldn't catch on somewhere, somehow, but then again isn't it tough to get a job when you don't have one?

Broncos Mailbag: Peyton Manning, Denver should be concerned vs. Ravens - The Denver Post - Mike Klis
Mike, I see a few notable concerns for the Broncos as they head into the game against Baltimore.

Peyton Manning's on 9-game winning streak vs. Baltimore Ravens - Jeff Legwold
Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning has a nine-game winning streak against the Baltimore Ravens.

Broncos' Peyton Manning: Playoff preparation not unlike regular season - The Denver Post
During his weekly press conference, Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning was asked Tuesday about the differences in preparing for the playoffs and the regular season.

McGahee gets back to practice - AFC West Blog - ESPN
Denver running back Willis McGahee returned to practice Tuesday for the first time since suffering a knee injury Nov. 18 against San Diego. He is eligible to play in the AFC Championship Game if Denver beats Baltimore on Sunday.

ProFootballTalk: Previewing Ravens at Broncos | ProFootballTalk
The PFT guys look at key matchups in the AFC divisional playoff game pitting the Ravens at the Broncos. Can Baltimore’s front seven contain Denver’s rushing attack? Will Ray Lewis be the difference the Ravens need to end their nine-game skid against Peyton Manning-led teams?

Ravens' Ray Lewis to meet old nemesis in Peyton Manning for final time - The Denver Post
Having announced his impending retirement, Baltimore linebacker Ray Lewis knows that each playoff game could be the last time he suits up.

John Harbaugh confident Ravens are better 2nd time around vs. Broncos - The Denver Post
Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh considers Round 1 an ugly aberration.

Broncos' Manning says it's good to see Chris Kuper back | First-and-Orange — The Denver Post
Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning said it was good to see guard Chris Kuper back on the practice field during Tuesday’s full-pad workout.

Broncos' full-pad workout "high intensity," safety Rahim Moore said | First-and-Orange — The Denver Post
NFL teams don’t often practice in full pads late in the season, but Broncos players said there was a lot of hitting going on Tuesday in preparation for Saturday’s division-round playoff game against visiting Baltimore.

Division News

2012 PFF All-AFC West Team
As part of our look back at the regular season, we’re focusing on some of the best performances at each position in each division. The format is simple. Find 11 guys to start on offense and defense, with four more on special teams, to field as strong a starting unit as possible for a division.

Early AFC West salary-cap check - AFC West Blog - ESPN
The focus is on 2013 for all but eight teams in the NFL.

Andy Reid: I don’t regret making Juan Castillo defensive coordinator | ProFootballTalk
In a conversation with the Philadelphia media after he was officially named the Chiefs’ head coach, Andy Reid reflected on his long tenure coaching the Eagles without criticizing anyone

Andy Reid of Kansas City Chiefs' top priority -- Fix QB quandary - ESPN
The Kansas City Chiefs haven't hired a general manager to make crucial personnel decisions. Andy Reid hasn't hired a single assistant coach.

Chiefs lose valuable time with Geno Smith - AFC West Blog - ESPN
West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith announced he will bypass the Senior Bowl.

Report: Chargers contact Mora | ProFootballTalk
The new pipeline shipping college head coaches to the NFL could be transporting another college head coach with fairly extensive NFL experience.

Rolando McClain suspected of lying to cops, illegal tint -
Oakland Raiders linebacker Rolando McClain continues to make headlines for the wrong reasons.

Playoffs - Key matchup: Niners RB Frank Gore vs. Packers run defense
If Gore has as good a game as he had against the Packers’ run defense in the Niners’ 30-22 victory over the Packers in Week One at Lambeau Field - Ryan, Falcons understand situation they're in
Putting the mild-card weekend firmly in the rearview mirror, it’s hard to not think this weekend’s divisional round of games won’t be better

Coaching Carousel

Cowboys ax Rob Ryan | National Football Post
Defensive coordinator out in Dallas

David Caldwell named Jacksonville Jaguars GM -
It appears that the Jacksonville Jaguars have their man at general manager.

Carolina Panthers will not bring back three coaches in 2013 -
The Carolina Panthers have fired running backs coach John Settle, wide receivers coach Fred Graves and linebackers coach Warren Belin following a 7-9 season. - Gruden confirms interviews, but plans to stay with Bengals
Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden confirmed he will interview for head-coaching jobs but intends to stay in Cincinnati. - Cardinals promote Keim to GM
The Cardinals announced Tuesday that Steve Keim has been promoted to be the team’s new general manager.

Steve Keim: Cardinals need to be retooled, not rebuilt | ProFootballTalk
The Cardinals introduced Steve Keim as their general manager on Tuesday and it didn’t take long before he reminded everyone that he’s experienced both the highs and lows of life in the Cardinals organization. - Eagles to interview Lovie Smith
The Eagles confirmed they will interview former Bears coach Lovie Smith on Thursday for their vacant head-coaching position.

Report: Dennis Thurman will become Jets new defensive coordinator | ProFootballTalk
During his Tuesday morning press conference, Jets coach Rex Ryan made one thing clear: defensive coordinator Mike Pettine won’t be back.

Bill Cowher plans to return to coaching eventually | ProFootballTalk
Bill Cowher, who coached the Steelers for 15 seasons but has seemed content working in television since leaving Pittsburgh after the 2006 season, says he expects to return to the sidelines eventually. - Hackett hired as Bills offensive coordinator
Doug Marrone has made his first significant hire, and it’s a familiar one

NFL News

NFL requires certification of field fitness within 72 hours of kickoff | ProFootballTalk
The condition of FedEx Field during Sunday’s Seahawks-Redskins game has raised new questions about the lack of uniformity and consistency among playing surfaces.

2013 Draft

NFP'S Top 200 Draft Prospects - Version 3.0 | National Football Post
Russ Lande lists his current list of the Top 200 Prospects as of January 8, 2013.

2013 NFL Draft underclassmen tracker - is tracking the underclassmen who have declared their intentions to apply for entry into the 2013 NFL Draft, those who have announced their decision to return to school, and reports on those who are undecided.

The Boiler Room: RB Stepfan Taylor, Stanford | The Rookie Scouting Portfolio
One of the challenges involved with player analysis is to be succinct with delivering the goods.

Potential top pick Luke Joeckel enters NFL draft | ProFootballTalk
Texas A&M left tackle Luke Joeckel, a junior and potential first overall pick, has decided to enter the 2013 NFL draft, according to multiple reports.

Geno Smith skipping Senior Bowl | ProFootballTalk
At this time last year, there wasn’t much doubt that a quarterback was going first in the draft.

Klein makes agent hire | ProFootballTalk
Former Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein has seen his draft stock take a hit in recent weeks. Once regarded as one of the top quarterbacks in the class of 2013,

Blogger Blitz: Did Te'o hurt his draft stock? - AFC West Blog - ESPN
Notre Dame middle linebacker Manti Te'o has been often connected to the Kansas City Chiefs, who have the No.1 pick in the April draft,

Miscellaneous Stuff

New NFL General Managers - 6 tips for the first 30 days |
Michael Kanazawa, a corporate strategy and transformation expert wrote an interesting piece a few years ago regarding getting off to a fast start in the first 100 days as a new leader.

Replacement refs more popular than Congress | ProFootballTalk
The NFL’s replacement officials became a national punchline during the first three weeks of the season, and they were finally given the boot

Advanced NFL Stats: Altitude and Field Goals
Last season I looked at the effect of temperature on field goal success and saw that a 30-degree difference is approximately worth 5 yards of kick distance.

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