Broncos at Bengals NFL Week Three Inactives

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OLB DeMarcus Ware, G Donald Stephenson, TE Virgil Green, DB Justin Simmons, QB Austin Davis, DB Lorenzo Doss, G Connor McGovern.

Bengals

TE Tyler Eifert, DT DaShawn Williams, OL Christian Westerman, CB KeiVarae Russell, WR Cody Core, and QB Jeff Driskel

Brock Got Rocked

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Last night, Brock Osweiler made $1,125,000 in a humiliating 27-0 loss to the New England Patriots, who started a rookie Quarterback for the first time since 1993.  Let’s break that down for a second.

 

 

 

  • Brock made $375,000 per hour
  • Brock made $27,439 per pass attempt
  • Brock made $46,875 per completion
  • Brock made me happy that he left to go to Houston

I was a firm believer that the Broncos made a mistake in letting this guy go.  I hated it the entire off-season, and as a Baltimore Orioles fan, I could only think of Jake Arietta.  I thought for sure we had let a future superstar walk out of the door.  Now, I do think last night was a combination of poor play calling and over exerted throws, but I was filled with pride to know that this guy is no longer in the huddle for the Broncos.

Trevor Siemian may have his issues, but he didn’t spend 3 years behind Peyton Manning either.  Brock let it go to his head.  He made bad decisions and threw the ball as hard as he possibly could on almost every throw, almost Jay Cutler like.  I’ll sit back and be patient waiting for Siemian to develop, but I am thankful that I have not had to watch the Broncos play a game as dreadful as the game that I watched last night.

The irony is, Brock got the contract from the Texans because of how “he” beat the Patriots last year.  News flash: CJ Anderson and the Denver Defense beat the Patriots last year.  Brock was simply an ornament.  Enjoy your seventy-two million dollar man, Houston.

Von Miller Named AFC Defensive Player of The Week

Sep 7, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck (12) is hurried by Denver Broncos outside linebacker Von Miller (58) in the third quarter at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. The Broncos defeated the Colts 31-24. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

For the first time since Week 11 of the 2012 season, Von Miller has been recognized as the AFC Defensive Player of The Week by the NFL.  Once again, Von Miller took control of the game, virually single-handedly, to ensure the Broncos would come out on top of what was a very close and competitive football game.  Miller continues to be a one man wrecking crew, wreaking havoc against opposing defenses, defensive coordinators and quarterbacks alike.  Miller is showing the world why he is the highest paid defensive player in the NFL.

Against the Indianapolis Colts in Week 2, Von Miller tied his career high with 3 sacks, including the game clinching strip sack of Andrew Luck with 1:51 remaining in the 4th quarter, when he saw fellow teammate Shane Ray return the fumble for a Denver touchdown, putting the game out of reach and Denver alone on top of the AFC West (2-0).

Von will need to continue to play at a high level for this Broncos defense, as he lost his counterpart Demarcus Ware for several weeks after suffering a broken bone in his elbow.

Miller, the MVP of Super Bowl 50, joined elite company by becoming the 3rd fastest player to accumulate 70 sacks in his career.  He is now also tied with Karl Mecklenburg for the most defensive player of the week honors (3) in Denver Broncos history.  I think it is safe to assume Miller will own this record when all is said and done.

Broncos at Bengals NFL Week Three Capsule

DENVER BRONCOS (2-0) AT CINCINNATI BENGALS (1-1)

REGULAR SEASON SERIES

  BRONCOS BENGALS
SERIES LEADER 20-9  
STREAKS 5 of past 6  
COACHES VS. OPP. Gary Kubiak: 4-0 Marvin Lewis: 2-6
LAST WEEK W 34-20 vs. Indianapolis L 24-16 at Pittsburgh
LAST GAME 12/28/15: Bengals 17 at Broncos 20 (OT). Denver QB Brock Osweiler passes for 299 yards & TD. Broncos K Brandon McManus kicks GW 37-yard FG in OT.
LAST GAME AT SITE 12/22/14: Bengals 37, Broncos 28. Cincinnati RB Jeremy Hill rushes for 147 yards & TD. Bengals TE Jermaine Gresham has 9 catches for 62 yards & TD.
REFEREE John Parry
BROADCAST CBS (1:00 PM ET): Ian Eagle, Dan Fouts and Evan Washburn (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 112 (Den), 82 (Cin). XM: 382 (Den), 82 (Cin).

STATS

PASSING Trevor Siemian: 40-59-444-1-3-74.4 Andy Dalton: 54-84-732 (1L)-2-1-94.9
RUSHING C.J. Anderson: 40-166-4.2-2 Jeremy Hill: 20-53-2.7-1
RECEIVING Demaryius Thomas: 9-138-15.3-0 A.J. Green: 14 (T3L)-218 (3L)-15.6-1
OFFENSE 353.5 396.5
TAKE/GIVE -1 0
DEFENSE 293.0 357.0
SACKS Von Miller: 4 (1L) Geno Atkins, Will Clarke: 1
INTs Aqib Talib, Chris Harris: 1 3 tied: 1
PUNTING Riley Dixon (R): 47.6 Kevin Huber: 45.9
KICKING Brandon McManus: 17 (5/5 PAT; 4/5 FG) Mike Nugent: 21 (3/3 PAT; 6/7 FG)

NOTES

BRONCOS: QB TREVOR SIEMIAN has won 1st 2 career starts…RB C.J. ANDERSON aims for 5th in row with rush TD. Has 219 scrimmage yards (109.5 per game) & 2 rush TDs in 2 career meetings…Since 2012, WR DEMARYIUS THOMAS ranks 2nd in NFL with 5,925 rec. yards. Only NFL player with 5,500+ rec. yards (5,925) & 40+ rec. TDs (41) since 2012. In last game at Cin., had 7 catches for 115 yards. WR EMMANUEL SANDERS has 3 TDs in past 2 meetings…LB VON MILLER had 3 sacks & FF last week, incl. sack & FF which led to LB SHANE RAY’s 15-yard FR-TD. Has 9 sacks, 3 FFs & INT in past 4 (incl. playoffs). Since 2011, ranks 2nd in NFL with 64 sacks. Has 4 sacks, FF & FR in 4 career meetings. CB AQIB TALIB had 46-yard INT-TD last week. Has 9 career INT-TDs, tied for 4th most in NFL history & most by active player. Had 33-yard INT-TD in last game at Cin. CB CHRIS HARRIS, JR. leads team with 4 PD & Talib ranks 2nd with 3 PD. DE DEREK WOLFE had sack in last meeting…BENGALS: QB ANDY DALTON leads NFL with 732 pass yards. Has 51-27-1 (.652) record, best by Cin. QB (min. 20 starts). Has 16 TDs vs. 5 INTs for 106.8 rating in past 9 at home. Has 29 games with 100+ rating & Cin. is 26-3 (.897)…RB JEREMY HILL rushed for 147 yards & 85-yard TD in last home meeting. Has 8 rush TDs in past 10 (incl. playoffs). RB GIOVANI BERNARD had career-high 9 catches for 100 yards & TD last week, his 2nd career 100-yard rec. game. Had TD catch in last home game vs. Den…WR A.J. GREEN has TD catch in 3 of 4 career meetings. Incl. playoffs, has 5 TDs in past 4 at home & aims for 5th home game in row with TD…CB ADAM JONES had INT last week. Is only active player with 2+ INT-TDs (2) & 5+ PR-TDs (5) in career. DT GENO ATKINS has 41 sacks since 2011, most by NFL DT. In last meeting at home, CB DRE KIRKPATRICK had 2 INTs, incl. 30-yard INT-TD. DE CARLOS DUNLAP had 3 sacks in last meeting & has 4 sacks in past 2 vs. Den.

Broncos Close Out Colts; Win 34-20 to Improve to 2-0

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When the Denver Broncos settled for another field goal and were clinging to a six-point lead over the Indianapolis Colts with 1:51 remaining, one thought went through Von Miller’s head.

“It’s time to close.”

And they did, thanks once again to Miller, who gave the Denver fans a reminder of his Super Bowl 50 MVP performance, sweeping in for the sack-strip of Andrew Luck that sealed the Broncos’ 34-20 win Sunday.

Miller burst past right tackle Joe Reitz and swiped the ball from Luck’s grasp. Fellow linebacker Shane Ray scooped it up and returned it 15 yards for the touchdown.

“It was Von Miller being Von Miller,” Colts coach Chuck Pagano lamented. “We did a great job on him at some points in the game. But he’s a great, great player and he made a great, great play.”

Miller added a sack on the last play for his third of the game as the Broncos (2-0) sent the banged-up Colts limping to their third consecutive 0-2 start.

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Broncos Defend Physical Style of Play Against the Panthers and Newton

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The Broncos defense tightropes and often crosses the line between dirty and clean. The season opener Thursday night against Carolina was the perfect example as Broncos’ defensive players initiated helmet-to-helmet contact with Panthers quarterback Cam Newton on at least four occasions, Cameron Wolfe of the Denver Post reports.

Broncos defenders said Friday they take pride in their 1-0 record and don’t really care who is judging their style of play. Denver coach Gary Kubiak takes pride in the fire and intensity his defense brings.

“We play hard. We talk about playing hard all the time,” Kubiak said. “That was a challenge – when you play that guy and he is such a great player. I mean, he’s a top player in football – they are designed runs for him. You better tackle him like a back. You better treat him that way or you’re going to have a long night as a defensive football team.”

The most egregious hit, and the only one that drew a personal foul penalty, was delivered by Broncos safety Darian Stewart with less than a minute left in the fourth quarter. Stewart saw a sack in sight and launched at Newton, who braced inward for contact, lowering his body position slightly. Stewart landed a hard helmet-to-helmet head shot that left Newton sprawling on the ground, dazed.

“It was just me being aggressive. He lowered his head at the last moment. It was nothing I could really do about that at that point,” Stewart said. “I’ve been getting a lot of hell for that. I’m not going to stop being aggressive. I wasn’t sure if he was running it or what he was doing? I’m always thinking he’s running it with a player like that. So I was just trying to be aggressive and make him feel me.”

Stewart said he expects to be fined for the hit because nearly every player who delivers a helmet-to-helmet hit on a quarterback is fined, but he won’t change his style of play except to try to avoid the helmet. Neither will linebacker Brandon Marshall, who delivered a helmet-to-helmet hit to Newton in the third quarter. His hit wasn’t called a penalty, but USA Today reported that the league office determined it a missed call.

“It’s tough, man. The guy is a big defensive end playing quarterback. What are we supposed to do? We can hit him in the legs sometimes, but his legs are strong,” Marshall said. “We’re going to treat him like a running back. You have to hit him.”

“Everybody knows what type of player Cam is – he’s the league MVP. There’s only one way to stop him, it’s being physical with him and the physicality you bring to him will affect everything,” Broncos outside linebacker Shane Ray said. “In the second half, he didn’t run as much because we were hitting him. You don’t do that – he’s going to run all over teams and be Superman the whole game. That’s how you gotta play. That’s what we do here.”

“We hear (what) everybody says about us being dirty, but we’re not going to stop being aggressive,” Stewart said. “That’s what we try to bring every week to make everybody fear us. That’s why we were No.1 last year. We were physical and that’s what we want to do this year.”

Kubiak said it was a physical game by both teams.

“How much there was (illegal contact to the head), I disagree with that. I saw two plays where he left the pocket where there were big collisions. There were a lot of collisions in the game,” Kubiak said. “We were playing hard. They were playing hard. They knocked the heck out of us a lot too. So we’ll see what the league says.”

Broncos LB Brandon Marshall Loses Sponsorship After Kneeling for National Anthem

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Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall who knelt during the National Anthem during the Panthers-Broncos game Thursday night is getting a lot of heat, including losing a sponsorship with a credit union, who announced their decision today via Twitter.

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After the game Thursday, Marshall said he was prepared to lose sponsorship deals:

“I’m going to get a lot of scrutiny and I understand that. In the eyes of a lot of people, I’ll be respected. In the eyes of most people, I’ll be hated,” said Marshall, according to Cameron Wolfe of the Denver Post. “I was thinking I could lose endorsements. I could lose likability. I could lose my credibility in my community when I want to do things. I could lose that. But I’m a man of faith and I really prayed about it for a lot of days. I feel good about it. As a man, you can go home and put your head on your pillow and feel good with what you believe and what you stand in, then that’s OK with me.”

Marshall also stated his protest wasn’t against Police or military.

“I’m not against the military. I’m not against the police or America. I’m just against social injustice,” Marshall said. “I’m proud of it. I don’t regret it. I know this is right.”

Broncos Marshall on Kneeling for Anthem: “I’m Against Social Injustice”

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After joining 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick in protest Thursday night, Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall said his decision to kneel during the national anthem was solely meant to be an expression against social injustices, USA Today reports.

“I’m not against the military,” Marshall said after the Broncos’ 21-20 win against the Carolina Panthers. “I’m not against the police or America. I’m against social injustice.”

Marshall said the move was an of solidarity with Kaepernick, his fraternity brother and teammate at the University of Nevada. Kaepernick began his protests in preseason games to bring attention to “racism and police brutality.”

Marshall added he would continue not to stand during the national anthem before games, and that he would donate an undisclosed amount to charities supporting his cause. Kaepernick has pledged $1 million to groups combating social inequality.

Broncos coach Gary Kubiak voiced his support for Marshall after the game.

“Brandon is a great kid,” Kubiak told reporters. “He is a leader of this team. I believe in my players.”

The Broncos added in a statement: “While we encourage members of our organization to stand during the National Anthem, we understand and respect it being a personal decision.”

Marshall becomes the latest player to follow Kaepernick’s lead in the protest. Last week, Kaepernick was joined by teammate Eric Reid and Seattle Seahawks cornerback Jeremy Lane in kneeling during the final preseason games.

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