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Horse Tracks: Kubiak's offense is here to stay

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After Thursday night's victory over the division rival Kansas City Chiefs, many people believe the Broncos should ditch Kubiak's offense and go back to Manning's shotgun offense.

While I believe that's probably best in the short term, Kubiak's offense needs to start working in the long run if the Broncos want to make any noise in December, January, and hopefully February.

I say this because Manning's offense has proven to be a success and a failure at the same time. It often works well in the first half of the season, but goes downhill when the weather gets colder and Manning's body begins to wear down. This is why the Broncos need Kubiak's offense to work.

Manning has attempted 85 passes in two games for the Broncos. This is exactly what the Broncos wanted to avoid this season. General Manager John Elway and Head Coach Gary Kubiak preached balance on offense all offseason, but the Broncos are once again relying on Manning's arm too much. If this continues, we will probably see a repeat of the 2014 season.

This means the Broncos need to fix their offensive line woes quickly. This would hopefully get the Broncos run game going, and keep Manning from being hit and sacked.

Getting the run game going would allow the Broncos offense to be more balanced and keep Manning's arm fresh for the second half of the season and hopefully the playoffs.

Head Coach Gary Kubiak is going to demand himself, the players and his fellow coaches to get the run game going.

"It just has to be demanded. If you're going to be physical as a football team, then you've got to stay committed and demand it. It's not good enough. I'm very disappointed. I look at myself—okay, what are we doing? I go to the coaches— are we putting ourselves in the right positions? And I go to the players and say this is either good enough or not good enough. That's our approach and I'm going to demand that we be a physical football team and that we line up and can get a yard. I'm not going to run away from that. Regardless of what happens, we're going to work through that and demand that we get it done."

With the Lions, Vikings, Raiders, and Browns next on the Broncos schedule, I expect the Broncos to get their running woes fixed and head undefeated into their bye week.

Horse Tracks:

Johnny Manziel to start for Browns vs. Titans - NFL.com
Johnny Manziel will get the start at quarterback for the Browns against the Titans on Sunday. Josh McCown remains in concussion protocol.

Manziel: 'Hoge needs to worry about his big neck ties' - NFL.com
ESPN's Merril Hoge has made a cottage industry out of flaming Johnny Manziel. On Friday, the Browns quarterback responded by saying that Hoge 'needs to worry about his big neck ties.'

25 things to know about Week 2 injury report - NFL.com
The Packers will be without right tackle Bryan Bulaga on Sunday night against the Seahawks. He wasn't the only prominent name to land on Friday's official injury report.

Bill Polian: Colts had first-round grade on Tom Brady - NFL.com
Hall of Fame general manager Bill Polian revealed to Sports Illustrated this week that two years after his Colts drafted Peyton Manning in 1998, Indy had a first-round grade on Tom Brady.

Arian Foster officially out for the Texans on Sunday - NFL.com
Arian Foster has made progress on the practice field as continues to recover from an injured groin, but the Houston Texans are taking a cautious approach with their star running back.

LeSean McCoy (hamstring) returns to Bills practice - NFL.com
Bills running back LeSean McCoy returned to practice on Friday after leaving Thursday's session with the sore hamstring that has bothered him for more than a month. Will he play Sunday?

Bryce Brown reportedly works out for Patriots - NFL.com
Two days before their AFC East showdown with Buffalo, the Patriots invited former Bills running back Bryce Brown in for a workout.

James Jones: Brief stint with Giants helped me - NFL.com
Giants fans are having a hard time watching James Jones catch touchdowns from Aaron Rodgers. What did the Packers receiver have to say about his short stint in New York?

Chiefs' Jamaal Charles: 'I caused us the loss' - NFL.com
Jamaal Charles' fumble late in the fourth quarter led to the Broncos' victory over the Chiefs on Thursday night. After the game, the running back shouldered blame for the loss.

Michael Bennett: Seahawks miss Kam Chancellor - NFL.com
Michael Bennett admitted that the Seattle Seahawks miss Kam Chancellor for more than just his on-field prowess. The pass-rusher, however, said his contract situation is different than the safety's issues.

Chicago Bears WR Alshon Jeffery questionable after missing practice with hamstring tightness
Chicago Bears wide receiver Alshon Jeffery, dealing with calf and hamstring injuries, experienced a setback and is questionable to play Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals.

Green Bay Packers wide receiver Randall Cobb says matchup between Clay Matthews and Marshawn Lynch is like 'The Beast vs. The Predator'
One of the most intriguing matchups in Sunday night's Seahawks-Packers game at Lambeau Field is Marshawn Lynch versus Clay Matthews.

Kansas City Chiefs coach Andy Reid not second-guessing play calls from Denver Broncos loss
As the Chiefs' offensive playcaller, Andy Reid analyzes everything he orders up in search of an answer as to why it did or did not work. But he's not into regrets or second-guessing himself.

Police arrest 4 in case of Levi's Stadium beating
Santa Clara police say four people have been arrested on suspicion of felony assault in the beating of a Vikings fan outside Levi's Stadium after the 49ers' win over Minneosta on Monday night.

Andre Ellington of Arizona Cardinals out vs. Chicago Bears with sprained posterior cruciate ligament
Cardinals running back Andre Ellington will be watching Sunday's game against the Bears from home, and Arizona will turn to Chris Johnson as the starting running back.

Cromartie practices, Hilton doesn’t | ProFootballTalk
Monday night's game features a pair of key players who suffered knee injuries in Week One and who may or may not play. Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie practiced on a limited basis in advance of Monday night's game against Indianapolis. Colts receiver T.Y. Hilton didn't practice.

Dunlap, Howard fined for Pacman-Cooper undercard fight | ProFootballTalk
The two players involved in the undercard fight to the Pacman Jones-Amari Cooper battle were fined for their actions. The NFL confirmed today that it fined Bengals defensive end Carlos Dunlap and Raiders offensive tackle Austin Howard $8,681 apiece for unnecessary roughness.

Manziel jabs back at Merril Hoge | ProFootballTalk
ESPN analyst Merril Hoge has teed off on Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel on multiple occasions, and Manziel has done little to prove Hoge's critiques wrong.

Bernard Pollard gets a workout with the Raiders | ProFootballTalk
A former Raven who was dumped by Baltimore received an opportunity to possibly face his old team. Per a league source, the Raiders gave safety Bernard Pollard a tryout on Friday.