Good morning, Broncos Country!
Another week and the speculation persists.
Is this the game in which the Denver Broncos finally get consistent offense? Not flashes in the pan that get your hopes up only to let you down when it inevitably craps itself?
At this point in the season, the offense and starting quarterback is that consistent "C" student we all knew in school. They don’t show steady improvement aside from that fluke B+ or A- test. Still, their teacher starts to think, "Maybe they’re finally getting it. They may have finally turned the corner." Only the next test they drop a D-.
To make up for that inevitability, the Broncos need some semblance of a running game today against the Tennessee Titans. There were glimmers against the Jacksonville Jaguars until Kapri Bibbs injured his ankle. Denver needs that on a consistent level today. That will make, barring any setbacks, Trevor Siemian’s job that much easier. Though an injured ankle that could limit his already limited mobility, which means there should still remain doubt despite the rainbows and roses you’ve heard the last few days.
As Adam Malnati and I discussed on the Mile High Radio Podcast, there is optimism new running back Justin Forsett can serve as that spark the offense needs in desperate fashion. The veteran knows the system and has had success with these coaches.
However they get it, the Broncos need the offense to contribute consistently, over the course of a whole game. Is this the week Denver finally gets it?
We’re about to get the answer.
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Five Broncos things you should know: Replacing Brandon Marshall, defending Delanie Walker & more
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Q&A with Brandon McManus
We sat down to talk to the kicker about the new rule changes to kickoffs and extra points, his passion for tasting different cuisines and his efforts to end bullying through his foundation.
Mason's Mailbag: Von Miller, Defensive Player of the Year candidate
Miller, Paxton Lynch and the tight end are among this week's topics.
CBS' Dan Fouts on Siemian, AFC West
CBS' Dan Fouts talks to BTV's Phil Milani, from the team's hotel in Nashville, about Trevor Siemian's foot injury, slowing down DeMarco Murray and the AFC West.
It's no secret Titans want to pound ball at Broncos - Denver Broncos Blog- ESPN
The Broncos know what to expect against the Titans and will have to prove they can hold up against a steady diet of DeMarco Murray and the run game.
Broncos promote Quentin Gause, place Marlon Brown on IR | 9news.com
Short of linebackers for their special teams units, the Denver Broncos adjusted Saturday by promoting Quentin Gause from their practice squad.
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Joe Theismann has no shortage of opinions on Dallas Cowboys backup quarterback Tony Romo.
Denver Broncos at Tennessee Titans: What to watch for
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Broncos visit Titans as defending champs chase playoff berth
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Titans need a productive DeMarco Murray to beat Broncos - Tennessee Titans Blog- ESPN
Murray, who has just one 100-yard game since suffering a toe injury on Oct. 27, knows he's a key to neutralizing Denver's formidable pass rush.
Marcus Mariota, Titans face big test in Von Miller, Broncos
Here's the look from Tennessee and what the offense faces in Denver's defense.
AFC West Tracks
KC Chiefs ponder replacements for injured Derrick Johnson | The Kansas City Star
Kansas City Chiefs coach Andy Reid discussed options for the defense in the wake of the season-ending injury to linebacker Derrick Johnson. He was injured during the Chiefs’ 21-13 win over the Oakland Raiders at Arrowhead Stadium, but Johnson told The Star he intends to keep playing football.
Chiefs’ Andy Reid downplays Jack Del Rio’s icy staredown | The Kansas City Star
Kansas City Chiefs coach Andy Reid downplayed his icy postgame moment with Oakland Raiders coach Jack Del Rio following the Chiefs’ 21-13 win on Thursday.
Tyreek Hill's emergence makes Kansas City Chiefs Super Bowl threat - Kansas City Chiefs Blog- ESPN
Tyreek Hill's two touchdowns led the Chiefs to a huge victory over the Raiders on Thursday night, and his presence makes Kansas City very dangerous.
Message sent: The Chiefs aren’t a team you want to meet in the playoffs - Arrowhead Pride
I'm sure Kansas City fans were saying the same nonsense last season too. I feel sorry for Chiefs fans, taking pride in regular season wins.
Raiders hope to face Chiefs in playoffs - SFGate
The Raiders would love another shot at the Chiefs. After Kansas City completed a sweep of the season series Thursday night with a 21-13 win, Oakland coaches and players were half licking their wounds and half licking their chops.
Analysis: Raiders' bitter loss to Chiefs needs perspective
A 21-13 defeat to Kansas City was a loss, but that doesn’t mean it’s a lost season for the Raiders.
Derek Carr's off passing night hurts Oakland Raiders in loss to Chiefs
Derek Carr completed just 17 of 41 passes as the Raiders squandered a solid defensive effort and fell into a tie with the Chiefs atop the AFC West.
The Morning After: Wasted opportunity - Silver And Black Pride
That crashing sound was the sound of the Raiders odds on winning the AFC West crashing down to the earth.
Casey Hayward dispels doubts about his game - The San Diego Union-Tribune
The Chargers cornerback was said not to be suitable as an outside corner. He sure looks to be.
Chargers learning they will be good next year - The San Diego Union-Tribune
The Chargers will be served by youth in 2017.
Losing taking its toll on San Diego Chargers DE Joey Bosa - San Diego Chargers Blog- ESPN
After losing just four games during his career at Ohio State, Joey Bosa has had to deal with some disappointment with the Chargers.
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Five matchups that will define NFL Week 14: Do Giants have answer for Cowboys?
New York will be hard-pressed to contain Ezekiel Elliott and Dak Prescott again.
NFL picks against the spread, Week 14: The Packers are a great underdog bet against the Seahawks - SBNation.com
Always bet on Pack. Well, this week anyway. The Browns look like a decent bet, too.
NFL picks Week 14: Cowboys-Giants, Seahawks-Packers more | SI.com
Can the Cowboys continue their dominance against the Giants, the only team that has beaten them this year? Will the Browns get a win?
NFL - Biggest Week 14 questions, stats and predictions - NFL Nation- ESPN
From a key game in the AFC South to a rivalry renewed on Monday night, here's a look around the NFL with the meat of the Week 14 slate on tap.
Twenty-one things to know about Week 14 injury report - NFL.com
The Washington Redskins are in danger of playing an important game against the Eagles on Sunday without their best red-zone threat. Jordan Reed is questionable to play with a shoulder injury.
NFL Players Need Medical Marijuana, But Their Union Won't Help
Before the NFL season started, every active player received a letter from retired players Jake Plummer and Eugene Monroe. The pair was working with academic researchers at Johns Hopkins and the University of Pennsylvania, the letter explained, and they were looking for data.
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The treatment of two snow angel celebrations shows the NFL seems to realize the value of not taking "the emotion and the spontaneity out of the game."
Jaguars place Julius Thomas, Jared Odrick on IR - NFL.com
I'm shocked, shocked that Thomas has gone to IR.
Les Snead, Jeff Fisher deny 'inaccurate' reports of rift - NFL.com
Reports have slowly filtered out that the relationship between Les Snead and Jeff Fisher is "toxic." But of those rumors, Snead had a definitive response to reporters on Friday.
Raiders’ Aldon Smith reportedly meets with NFL commissioner - SFGate
Raiders linebacker Aldon Smith, who hasn’t played in an NFL game in nearly 13 months, could be moving closer to his return.
The best NFL player at every age, from 21-44 - NFL Nation- ESPN
Ezekiel Elliott gets the nod for age 21, and Adam Vinatieri wins for age 44 -- because he's the only one. There are tough decisions elsewhere.