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Horse Tracks: Time to see if this Orange Crush defense is for real

Tell you what, I rewatched the game last week and this defense looks uniquely good. If they go out and shut down the Eagles rushing attack this week then there is no denying how special this defense is. You can throw out the passing numbers, because garbage time, protecting the lead stats mean nothing to me. I love me some good old fashion smash mouth football at the point of attack.
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3TFO: Eagles @ Broncos, Week 4 |
In one of the most compelling games on the Week 4 schedule, the Eagles travel to the Mile High city to challenge the undefeated Denver Broncos. All eyes will be on the Philadelphia offense to see how their new, high speed, up tempo philosophy can manage the thin Denver air.

Advanced NFL Stats: Should You Bench Your Fumbling Running Back?
When the Pittsburgh Steelers traveled to Cleveland in week 12 of last season, Rashard Mendenhall was the Steelers’ starting running back. Well, he was at first. Mendenhall fumbled on his second carry of the game, and Head Coach Mike Tomlin benched him immediately.

Broncos News & Blogs

Ring of Famers React to ROF Plaza |
Read what the Ring of Famers and other guests of honor had to say about the opening of the new Ring of Fame Plaza.

Gray Matter Mailbag: Containing the Eagles |
This week's mailbag answers fan questions on slowing down Michael Vick and the Philadelphia Eagles and center J.D. Walton's recovery.

Broncos unveil Ring of Fame monuments | First-and-Orange
The starting center for the Broncos’ two Super Bowl title teams will become the 24th member of the Ring of Fame during his induction ceremony at halftime of the Broncos-Philadelphia Eagles game Sunday.

Robert Ayers surprise leader in sacks for undefeated Denver Broncos - Denver Post
Its difficult to remember, because of their dominance so far, but the Broncos had a significant problem when this season began. Who would replace Elvis Dumervil and Von Miller and generate a pass rush? So, who is Denvers sack leader through three games? Defensive end Robert Ayers.

Peyton Manning vs. John Elway, Todd Helton's horse - Denver Post
Hochmans Happy Hour: Each weekday near quittin time, Denver Post sports columnist Benjamin Hochman primes the barstool banter. In this installment, Hochman takes questions.

Champ Bailey limited at Broncos practice, questionable for Eagles game - Denver Post
Cornerback Champ Bailey remained limited at Fridays Broncos practice, leaving his status for Sundays game against the Philadelphia Eagles uncertain.

Digesting the Eagles - It's All Over, Fat Man!
Happy Friday, friends. Rather than doing a Digesting article about the Eagles today, I decided to look at the big question: is their offense a fad, or does it have staying power?

Anticipating Short Week, Broncos Began Eagles Preparations Last Week - Predominantly Orange
The Denver Broncos had a short week to prepare for the Philadelphia Eagles since they played the Raiders on Monday night. Should this be a concern? From an X’s and O’s standpoint, John Fox reassured everyone that the team’s game plan is in tip top shape.

BMF - Semana 3 - Oakland @ Denver - Equilíbrio! -
Bem, amigos da rede Broncos Brasil. Estamos aqui novamente para elegermos "O Bom, o Mau e o Feio" da semana 3. E não pensem que estou bêbado, o "equilíbrio" do qual o título fala não é no jogo, que foi uma surra para o nosso lado, muito mais aberto do que o placar final de 37 a 21 a nosso favor, mas no nosso time.

Broncos Media

NFL Films Preview: Eagles at Broncos |
NFL Films previews the Week 4 matchup between the Philadelphia Eagles and the Denver Broncos.

Fox Outlines Final Week 4 Injury Report |
Head Coach John Fox talks to the press after Friday's practice.

Ring of Fame Plaza Unveiling Photos |
View photos as Broncos Ring of Famers unveiled their Ring of Fame Plaza monuments.

'Playbook': Philadelphia Eagles vs. Denver Broncos - NFL Videos
NFL Media's Brian Baldinger breaks down the Denver Broncos high-powered offense and explains why they have been so successful this season.

Can the Philadelphia Eagles fly high against the Denver Broncos? - NFL Videos
Will the Philadelphia Eagles be able to keep up with the Denver Broncos' offense? The "NFL Total Access" crew debates.

'M & M': Will Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning reclaim single-season TD crown? - NFL Videos
Marshall Faulk and Steve Mariucci debate if Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning will reclaim the single-season record for touchdown passes this yaer and which team is the biggest surprise so far in 2013.

AFC West Rival Roundup

Chiefs will make Broncos fight for AFC West; 10 things to watch -
When Peyton Manning emerged from a cold tub late Monday night, shivering and trying to catch his breath in the middle of a news conference, it was a rare uncomfortable moment in the Denver Broncos' otherwise steely-eyed assault on defenses.

Austen Lane describes what it's like to be cut from the Kansas City Chiefs - Arrowhead Pride
NFL free agent and occasional contributor to The MMQB, Austen Lane, describes his experience of getting "the call" from the Chiefs last month when he was released.

Raiders being extra careful with Terrelle Pryor concussion - Silver And Black Pride
Concussions are a serious thing, so though Pryor has been cleared medically, the Raiders are exercising their due diligence to make sure he is back full.

Raiders with second straight sell out, week 4 game vs Redskins to be televised locally - Silver And Black Pride
The word has come down that the Raiders' week four home game versus the visiting Washington Redskins has sold out and will not be blacked out locally. This is the second straight sell out for the Raiders this season.

Twin franchises: San Diego Chargers and Dallas Cowboys - Bolts From The Blue
Twin franchises or is that just an illusion? Our Texas correspondent looks at how the Cowboys and Chargers have been teams with similar issues over the last few seasons. The similarities are usually sources of despair to their respective fan bases.

NFL News & Blogs

Titans' Jake Locker improving; Mike Glennon to start; more Week 4 | The MMQB
Jake Locker has been one of the league's most improved players through three weeks, but the next month will let us know if it's for real; more things I'll be looking for in Week 4

NFL Week 4 schedule features Jets-Titans, Seahawks-Texans, more | The MMQB
Something both offenses share—besides an appetite for fast tempo—is an expansive wide receiver screen game. The Eagles are reliant on it. We saw that when they lost a lot of rhythm last Thursday as Kansas City’s press corners took away the screens. The Broncos use their screens more as an additional "Gotcha!" weapon. So far, no one has taken them away.

The NFL's '5-tool' players -
They're an offensive coordinator's best friend, and a defensive coordinator's worst nightmare. Speedy, versatile players like Jamaal Charles, Darren Sproles and Golden Tate are changing the game.

Slice by slice: Getting to the truth about the Nate Burleson pizza incident -
We know that Nate Burleson's season is delayed because of a pizza-related car accident. The rest of the story is still becoming clear.

Joe Thomas' six years in Cleveland -
As the rock-steady left tackle gets ready to make his 100th consecutive start this Sunday, we look back on what has changed in Cleveland in the six-plus years since his first snap.

Can Matt Cassel find redemption against the Steelers? -
Matt Cassel will get his shot to redeem himself Sunday after an ugly career downturn in Kansas City. History suggests odds are against him.

Who's still out there? | National Football Post
At the start of each NFL season, there are unemployed players that were starters or significant contributors during the previous season. The best bet for unsigned players to find roster spots is through injury, which is inevitable in the NFL. Here’s a look at some of the more notable players that are available.

Hernandez's girlfriend, cousin indicted in relation to murder -
Three alleged associates of former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez have been indicted in connection with the murder of Odin Lloyd.

ReFo: SF @ STL, Week 4 |
After their display at home to the Colts on Sunday, you had to think there was going to be a reaction coming from the San Francisco 49ers in this game. While this performance was far from flawless, and the opposition didn’t really offer much resistance, this was along the lines of what you would have expected.

Steelers and Vikings Will Wow London Crowd | Bleacher Report
When the NFL set up its International Series schedule for 2013, the Pittsburgh Steelers and Minnesota Vikings were expected to be two of the league's top teams.

Chuck Pagano Went For 1 Up 12 With Under Five Minutes Remaining | Football Perspective
I can’t believe I’m writing this article. Everyone loves Chuck Pagano, but he made a pretty embarrassing blunder at the end of the Colts upset win in San Francisco on Sunday. The Colts led 13-7 when Andrew Luck scrambled for a six yard touchdown on 3rd-and-3 with just over four minutes left in the fourth quarter.

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