Expectedly so, today's Horse Tracks is Vernon Davis heavy.
But first, let's talk playoffs.
If the NFL season ended today, the Broncos would be the AFC's No. 1 seed, according to NFL.com's projection. Denver would be followed by New England (2), Cincinnati (3), Indianapolis (4), Oakland (5), and New York (6).
There's much football left to be played, but Denver's in good shape entering Act II.
The Broncos remain perfect after exposing Aaron Rodgers and the Packers. Here’s how Denver held Green Bay to just 77 passing yards. Plus more from Week 8, including Drew Brees’ incredible day, the possible return of Steve Smith Sr. and big injuries on a brutal Sunday.
Just one day before the trading deadline, the Broncos seized an opportunity to improve their tight ends by agreeing to a deal to acquire two-time Pro Bowler Vernon Davis.
In the span of 24 hours, the Denver Broncos depantsed Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers, proved Peyton Manning is still in fact Peyton Manning and traded for two-time Pro Bowler Vernon Davis. As Ice Cube said, "Today was a good day."
Less than 24 hours after the Denver Broncos had their biggest offensive output of the season, the team dove into the trade market to acquire tight end Vernon Davis from the San Francisco 49ers.
Make no mistake; John Elway is all in for a run at Super Bowl 50.
Nearly 10 years ago, the 49ers made tight end Vernon Davis a top-10 draft pick, prompting Davis to shed copious tears at his selection. On Monday, the 49ers said goodbye to Davis with a perfunctory press release that doesn’t create the impression of many tears being shed on anyone’s keyboard.
ESPN's reaction to Denver's trade for Davis.
Vernon Davis is on the move and Peyton Manning has a new pass-catching tight end at his disposal.
The Denver Broncos struck a trade with the San Francisco 49ers, bringing Vernon Davis to the Mile High City, but will that be all she wrote for John Elway? Not so fast.
... and the Broncos did that, using blanket coverage and constant pressure to harass Aaron Rodgers into one of the worst games of his career.
They heard it all. They heard that the Packers were supposed to come in their house and beat up on an unproven, flawed Broncos team. They heard Aaron Rodgers would expose their defense in ways that hadn't been done before this season. They heard they were "good, not great."
Mike Florio says Peyton Manning claiming he doesn’t pay attention to the critics is "bologna" and admits Manning proved him wrong, but can the Broncos continue to roll for the rest of the season?
As a reminder, Bronco fans, and travelers to Super Bowl 50 in Santa Clara, California can fly to either the San Francisco or San Jose airports.
Denver looked good--but not perfect--against Green Bay.
Gary Kubiak credited the boost in the run game as the biggest difference-maker for the Broncos in their victory over the Packers. The rushers had struggled to find their footing in the first five games of the season, but Ronnie Hillman and C.J. Anderson combined for 152 yards in Week 6 and 161 yards on Sunday.
What once looked like the Tuesday afternoon screening of a foreign film with subtitles has suddenly transformed into opening night for the latest episode of Star Wars. Where there was once plenty of room to spread out has now become standing room only.