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Denver Broncos News: Horse Tracks - 9/3/13

After taking Labor Day off, we've got a bit of news to catch up on. I can't believe we are just two and half days from wiping that big ole smack eating grin off of Joe Flacco's face. Go Broncos!

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Ravens QB Joe Flacco embraces hate from Broncos fans -
Joe Flacco is featured on NFL Kickoff 2013 banners that hang from Sports Authority Field at Mile High, something Broncos fans are not happy about. Flacco has embraced the hate, though.

Ravens coach Harbaugh credits Broncos for "hostile environment" - Denver Post
Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh was asked about the biggest challenge his team faces after winning the Super Bowl.

Denver Broncos Videos

BTV Daily: First Injury Report |
With the opener now three days away, the Broncos outline the initial injury report of 2013.

Gase on Dumervil, Ravens Personnel |
Offensive coordinator Adam Gase talks to the press after Monday's practice.

Bailey: 'I'm Close' |
Champ Bailey speaks to the media about his foot injury and if he'll play against the Ravens.

Del Rio on Pressuring Flacco |
Defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio talks about getting ready for Baltimore.

BTV Daily: Four Days Away |
The season opener is in sight, and the Broncos are embracing the opportunity to open 2013 at home agains the Ravens.

Sounds From the Locker Room: Captains, Ravens Prep |
Reaction from a few of the newly named captains. Plus players talk about facing the Ravens in the season opener.

Denver Broncos News & Blogs

TD to Toss Coin in Thursday’s Opener |
Broncos Ring-of-Fame running back Terrell Davis will flip the official game coin before Thursday’s season opener vs. Baltimore.

2013 Denver Broncos-Shaun Phillips Wants To ‘Make Diamonds’ | Bronco Planet
Denver Broncos Linebacker Shaun Phillips has a huge chip on his shoulder. Not only did he have no idea that he would actually be replacing Von Miller for the first six games of the 2013 NFL season, he is annoyed that many imply he can’t be as effective as he has been in the past.

Baltimore Ravens at Denver Broncos: Key Match-ups for Thursday Night Kickoff - NFL Mocks
The regular season is at hand and every NFL fan is eternally grateful. What better way to kick it off than putting the two teams that arguably played the best game of 2012 together again. The Denver Broncos are out for revenge after the Baltimore Ravens stuck a dagger in their hearts in January.

Bailey 'Up in the Air' for Thursday |
Monday afternoon, Champ Bailey addressed his recovery from a foot injury and whether he will be on the field for Thursday's season-opener.

Wolfe Recovered, 'Full-Go' for Week 1 |
Defensive end Derek Wolfe has recovered from a preseason injury and now looks to pressure the Ravens offense on Thursday.

Joe Flacco poster controversy doesn't really rankle Broncos' players - The Denver Post
What the Broncos-Ravens game didnt need was another morsel of hype fed into its already overstuffed promotion.

Peyton Manning doesn't want to be greatest regular season QB - The Denver Post
Of all things, Peyton Manning absolutely, positively does not want to be the greatest regular-season quarterback in NFL history.

Broncos name captains, sign LB Brandon Marshall to practice squad - The Denver Post
The Broncos began practice Monday after announcing five captains and signing Brandon Marshall — the linebacker from Nevada — to the practice squad.

Saunders: Al Michaels will remain familiar with Denver Broncos - The Denver Post
It would be a gross understatement to note that Al Michaels is familiar with the Broncos. During his 27-year career on ABCs "Monday Night Football" and NBCs "Sunday Night Football," Michaels has done play-by-play for 46 regular season Broncos games - 35 in Denver.

Report: Champ Bailey a game-day decision for Broncos -
The Denver Broncos kick off the NFL season against the defending Super Bowl champions Baltimore Ravens on Thursday. Will Denver be without shutdown corner Champ Bailey?

Broncos' Secondary vs. Ravens' Receivers Matchup To Watch - Predominantly Orange
Champ Bailey is still trying to get that sprained ankle to cooperate. He didn’t participate in Monday’s practice and his game status is still unknown.

2013 Denver Broncos Season Preview | Fanspeak's AFC West Blog
Though the Broncos have some question marks to start the season, they are blessed with a weak division as well as a quarterback who knows a thing or two about carrying a team on his back. With the weapons that Peyton Manning has and protection along the offensive line, the Broncos should have no problem winning this division.

AFC West Rival Roundup

How much will Terrelle Pryor help Darren McFadden? | Football Perspective
The 2012 Raiders weren’t very good. Oakland finished last season 4-12, with the third-worst SRS rating (-10.8) in the NFL. And the outlook isn’t any better for 2013, either. Oakland has fifty million dollars of dead cap space; as a result, the players on the current roster cost the team only 67 million salary cap dollars, nearly $30M less than the next-lowest team.

A shocking revelation: Terrelle Pryor - Silver And Black Pride
I never thought I'd say it was Terrelle Pryor time, but things have simply gone too far for me to believe anything else.

Raiders add Tyler Wilson to practice squad - Silver And Black Pride
The Raiders continue to hedge their bets on tough decisions by adding Tyler Wilson to the team's practice squad. The rest of the practice squad was announced earlier today and had seven names on it.

Kansas City Chiefs at Jacksonville Jaguars: The Opening Line - Arrowhead Pride
Well here we are. After what seems like an eternity, our beloved Kansas City Chiefs will step on the field for a game that counts.

Chargers trade for Cowboys' DE Lissemore, Send Scafe to IR - Bolts From The Blue
The San Diego Chargers have reportedly given up a late round draft pick from the 2015 draft to add depth along their defensive line.

Chargers sign DE Brandon Moore to practice squad - Bolts From The Blue
The San Diego Chargers have finalized their eight-man practice squad and, likely, their 53-man roster after today's signing of defensive end Brandon Moore to the practice squad.

NFL News & Blogs

Fighting for Themselves, Fighting for the Game | The MMQB with Peter King
The season is near, but don't lose perspective on the importance of the players’ battle in the concussion lawsuit. And meet Kevin Turner, one of its foremost faces.

C.J. Spiller returns to Buffalo Bills after personal leave -
Buffalo Bills running back C.J. Spiller has rejoined the team after dealing with a loss in his personal life, according to the Bills official website. The Bills' leading rusher in 2012 left the team earlier in the preseason to deal with the death of his grandfather, who is accused of shooting and killing two of his former co-workers before killing himself.

Blaine Gabbert injury: Jaguars QB has 'progressed as planned' -
Blaine Gabbert's recovery from injury has gone according to plan, Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley said.

BREAKING: Atkins and Bengals agree to a five-year extension - Cincy Jungle
Traditional to the Bengals usual methods, they will sign players to extensions just prior to the start of the regular season. This tradition continues with superstar defensive tackle Geno Atkins.

Tim Tebow still not interested in playing in Canada -
The Canadian Football League might offer Tim Tebow his best opportunity to re-start a stalled football career. The former New England Patriots quarterback remains resistant to the idea, Ian Rapoport reports.

Chip Kelly, Michael Vick, and the Eagles Tempo | Football Perspective
Unsurprisingly, no offense operated as quickly as Tom Brady’s offense in New England. Number two on the list is Peyton Manning’s Broncos.

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: 1989 DVOA Ratings and Commentary
The defending champion 49ers outscored opponents by nearly 200 points and went 14-2 on their way to their fourth Super Bowl title. It is not a shock that the 49ers are way ahead of the rest of the league now that we have broken down all of the play-by-play from the 1989 season to create DVOA and DYAR ratings.

Cuts To Catch On |
Willis hauled in 9 of his 12 targets for 129 yards and a touchdown. He also offers quality special teams play, and has a reputation as a hard worker. We could see him catch on as an injury replacement or special teamer with a former team or any other team in need of receiver depth.

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