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Denver Broncos News: Horse Tracks - 9/4/13

Who else wants to "overdose" on Nyquill and sleep all day today and half the day tomorrow? I do! Whatever it takes to get to Thursday night quicker - I suppose my job will have to suffice. Dangit. Go Broncos!

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2013 AFC West preview: One contender, plenty of rebuilding -
Last season, the AFC West was one of the least-compelling divisions in the NFL. The Broncos blew away the competition and essentially had the division title wrapped up by Thanksgiving.

Denver Broncos Videos

BTV Daily: Wait for Welker Nearly Over |
Wes Welker lost his last game against the Ravens just like the Broncos, and he's anxious to make his Denver debut Thursday night.

Sounds From the Locker Room: Just Another Game? |
Players talk about the importance of the season opener against the Ravens.

Fox on Team's Focus |
Head Coach John Fox talks to the press for the final time this week before Thursday's opener against the Ravens.

Everything You Need to Know About New Bag Policy |
There is a new bag policy in place league-wide for the 2013 season. Be prepared for when you come to the game by watching this quick video.

Denver Broncos News & Blogs

John Elway: The Quarterback Version of Dick Butkus | Football Perspective
The consensus view on John Elway is clear. He was the greatest draft prospect ever, a league MVP, a two-time Super Bowl champion, a Hall of Famer, and one of the most clutch quarterbacks in football history.

Breaking Down the Ravens, Dumervil's Presence |
Independent analyst takes a closer look at the Baltimore Ravens team the Broncos will face on Thursday.

Week One Brings Focus, Passion from Players |
Broncos players said that Thursday night's season opener has them focused - and has stirred their passion for playing football.

Welker Excited for Season Kickoff |
Broncos WR Wes Welker is ready for his first game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High as a Bronco.

The "other" Rahim Moore: Tony Carter eyes redemption in Ravens rematch - The Denver Post
Hochmans Happy Hour: Each weekday near quittin time, Denver Post sports columnist Benjamin Hochman primes the barstool banter. In this installment, Hochman looks at the Broncos defensive backfield.

Yes, it's biggest opener in Broncos' history ... but it's not THAT big
Broncos-Ravens opener is the biggest opener in Denver history, but it's not THAT big

Tavarres King disappointed by Broncos cut, thankful for practice squad | First & Orange
When the Broncos drafted receiver Tavarres King out of Georgia in the fifth round, the idea was for him to contribute in some form on their 53-man roster.

Champ Bailey on Broncos practice field, does not participate in drills - The Denver Post
Broncos cornerback Champ Bailey was out on the practice field Tuesday morning, two days before the season opener against the Baltimore Ravens, but he ended up doing nothing the entire session.

Broncos' Clady ready to face ex-teammate Dumervil - The Denver Post
For years, Denver Broncos left tackle Ryan Clady blocked one of the leagues top pass rushers in practice. Get beat by Elvis Dumervil then and it was hardly a big deal, especially since the quarterbacks couldnt be touched anyway.

Late-season showdown in New England looming -
The Broncos have the honor of opening the NFL season against the defending Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens on Thursday night, Sept. 5.

Broncos' Young Defensive Linemen Sylvester Williams, Derek Wolfe Have Huge Roles - Predominantly Orange
There’s always added pressure for any team’s No. 1 draft pick. There’s the pressure to perform well immediately. There’s the pressure to forgo the mistake portion of learning. There’s the pressure to be "worth" that pick.

AFC West Rival Roundup

Which San Diego Chargers player will have a breakout season? - Bolts From The Blue
The entire BFTB staff is predicting what will happen with the San Diego Chargers in 2013. The first question is "Which Chargers player will have a breakout season?"

Time for the Raider Nation to rally behind their new starting QB, Terrelle Pryor - Silver And Black Pride
Raiders fans rejoice! We now have a starting quarterback that the one true Nation can get behind. I will fully admit I expected to be writing this post about Matt Flynn but the fact of the matter is that Terrelle Pryor won the job fair and square.

NFL News & Blogs

Reports: Cowboys Sign Guard Brian Waters - Blogging The Boys
It's been back and forth with Brian Waters for the last couple of months, now the dance is over and Waters is headed to Dallas.

The MMQB's 2013 Predictions and Preview Spectacular | The MMQB with Peter King
Our experts make their playoffs, Super Bowl and award predictions, with more thoughts on what we can expect in 2013.

NFL power rankings 2013: 49ers, Broncos Super Bowl favorites? -
A reliance on 1980s communications technology and a six-game suspension for Von Miller help keep the Broncos out of the top spot. Peyton Manning and a trio of 1,000-yard receivers will have to overpower opponents through the first six games. Fortunately, the only 2012 playoff team on the schedule during that stretch will be their Week 1 opponent, Baltimore.

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The Quarterback Index: Ranking the starters 1-32 -
We live in a golden age for quarterback play. Future Hall of Famers roam the league, with career primes that never seem to end. A sensational group of quarterbacks 25 and under have an entirely different style and look ready to rule.

32 Observations: Roster Surprises |
Denver Broncos: Undrafted rookie C.J. Anderson played in the team’s first preseason game only, and had 15 carries. However, he had six players miss tackles on him which was tied for ninth-best for all backs.

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Recent NFL History of the No-Huddle Offense
In the past few years, a new generation of quarterbacks gave NFLfans an introduction to the read option. Cam Newton, Colin Kaepernick, Russell Wilson, and Robert Griffin had the unique talents necessary to make this schematic option work. NFL Picks Against the Spread - Week 1, 2013
RECAP: This spread is way too high. Forum member BobLoblaw made a great point when he said, "To put it in perspective, the line is only one point less than the Colts-Raiders line."

2013 NFL Preseason Power Rankings | Fanspeak NFL Blog
The Broncos went all in this offseason in boosting their offensive line and adding Wes Welker to their receiving corps. They were the 1st seed in the AFC last year, and figure to make a strong run this year as well. The suspension of Von Miller looms large early in the season, but this team should be more than capable of overcoming his absence.

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