Oh, yes, very welcome back, Mr Welker. He should be back at 8:00 am today. We did miss him in our lineup and he has kept in shape. And it may be a blessing with his extra time to recover from the concussion he suffered in the opening game with Indy. His return will return Sanders to the wide reciever position he started the season in. When Welker rests, we will see the rotation of Sanders, Tamme and Caldwell in the slot position, which worked pretty well last game.
We all know the offense needs to keep playing well in the second half. San Diego succeeded in ball control of their victory over the Seahawks Sunday. The had over 42 minites of possession of the ball and if we can contol anywhere near that with the ball that well, it would keep our defense really fresh and give them more strength to limit their offense especially on third downs, which I am certain they stressed and practiced hard on that aspect. And we need our run defense to play very well this week , which they surely stressed this week. Marshawn is one of the best runners in the NFL and will get some yardage, but we just need to limit his beast mode, which will go a long way in securing a victory.
Our offense needs to be patient and dink and dunk and take shorter yardage passes and use up clock. That would also force Russell Wilson to air it, so limit their running game too. Again if we can limit Lynch out of the backfield and Percy Harvin it would help the defense to shorten their success in moving the ball.
We will see how well they improved in these aspects and Go, Go Broncos and Smash the Seahawks early and often!!!

Chiefs Vs Broncos NFL Week Two Inactives

Chiefs: QB Aaron Murray, WRs Albert Wilson and De’Anthony Thomas, RB Joe McKnight, OL Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, CB Jamell Fleming and DE Damion Square.

Broncos: WR Cody Latimer, CB Tony Carter, LB Danny Trevathan, guard Ben Garland, LB David Burton and tackle Michael Schofield

Weekly Prediction: Week 2 – Kansas City Chiefs @ Denver Broncos

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Good Morning, Bronco Fans!  It is Week 2 of this 2014 season in the NFL.  Today’s match-up features two AFC West teams in a division battle that could create some separation early in the season and send a message to the rest of the division.  The 0-1 Chiefs visit the defending AFC Champions, your 1-0 Denver Broncos after an embarrassing loss to the Tennessee Titans in Week 1.

Week 1 Recap

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The Kansas City Chiefs lost to the Tennessee Titans last week by a score of 26-10.  Alex Smith threw 3 costly interceptions, and Jamal Charles could only muster 19 yards on 7 carries, as the Chiefs fall to 0-1 to start the season.

  • The Chiefs defense gave up 162 rushing yards in that contest.
  • Kansas City’s offense was only able to convert on 8% of their 3rd down opportunities
  • Alex Smith was 19-35 passing for a completion percentage of 54%

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The Denver Broncos won their 2014 season opener at home against Peyton’s former team, the Indianapolis Colts, by a score of 31-24.  Peyton Manning found Julius Thomas for 3 first half touchdowns as the Broncos win at home to open the 2014 campaign.

  • Rahim Moore was the beneficiary of 2 interceptions thrown by Colts QB, Andrew Luck
  • The Denver defense only allowed the Colts offense to convert 30% of their 3rd down attempts
  • Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders combined for 10 receptions and 125 receiving yards

Week 2 Prediction Points

  1. First off, don’t expect the Chiefs to roll over and play dead after their Week 1 defeat to the Titans.  On any given Sunday, Jamal Charles can break loose early and often against any defense in the NFL, and help his team control the line of scrimmage and the clock.  Ball control and turnovers will be a point of emphasis for the Chiefs as they roll into Denver.
  2. The presence of the young Broncos tight end, Julius Thomas, has proved to be an ongoing nightmare for defensive coordinators around the league, and has provided Peyton Manning with a reliable, big time play maker.  Even with the loss of Eric Decker, this Broncos receiving unit still has the skill and depth to pick defenses apart.  Look for The Sheriff and his boys to make big plays down field all day against a mediocre Chiefs secondary.
  3. Denver’s defense gave up 408 total yards to the Colts in Week 1, and will look to trim that number significantly.  This revamped Denver defense showed that they can hold on to games when needed, however, also showed some signs of weakness, when allowing Indy to mount 20 second half points.  I expect the defense to make a huge impact on this game, while sending a message to the rest of the offenses in the NFL.
  4. The newcomers are coming on nicely.  Bradley Roby has shown us that he is ready for this level of play.  Brandon Marshall (The Linebacker) led the team with 9 total tackles, and DeMarcus Ware contributed to the effort with 1.5 sacks in his Broncos debut.  Emmanuel Sanders snagged 6 passes for 77 yards, including a 40 yard strike from Peyton Manning.  Fill in kicker Brandon McManus converted his only field goal attempt and successfully converted all four of his extra point attempts.  Whether it be with the long time Bronco veterans, or with the newest members of the Blue and Orange, this team seems to have a way of winning games, regardless of the situation.
  5. Peyton Manning converted 22 of his 36 passing attempts and connected with Julius Thomas on 3 first half touchdown throws.  Montee Ball added another score while rushing for 67 yards on 23 carries.  If this offense can keep rolling the way they did in the first half against the Colts, then folks, we could see even more records getting broke this season.  Here’s to a great 2014 campaign and hopefully a Broncos 2nd victory.

Final Score Prediction

Denver Broncos – 34

Kansas City Chiefs – 17

 

So Sorry.

The report I read said the NFL had agreed, but evedently the had not, so Wes will not be playing this week. Hopefully they can work out any sticking details they need to. Hopefully they can get everything worked out so he can be available for the Seahawks game!!!

Agreement Done!

Just found our the agreement is done between the Players Union and the NFL. That means that Wes Welker is free and clear of his suspension and available to play for the Broncos this week if the team agrees to. They kept a roster spot open for him, so I presume that he will be playing. That said, they will probably limit his reps to see how he plays after a couple weeks off. Any way it shakes out will be good for the Broncos and I know he wants to get back in the saddle again. So we will have to wait and see what the Broncos do now he is available to play again. Go, Go Broncos and Orange Crush the Cheifs!!!

New NFLPA agreement

Just saw Josh Gordon’s suspension has been reduced to 10 weeks so he will be suspended for 8 more games after this weekends game. Though it didn’t mention any other players, no doubt Wes Welker, Sean Prater and two others in the NFL will be available for this weekends game if teams are willing to play them. With the relatively short time off, why not, especially because Welker knows the system very well and God forbid he doesn’t get hit in the noggin again. As for Prater, he has been kicking on a high school field. If they want to wait on him until the Seattle game it would be okay. Brandon has done a pretty good job, but say if it comes down to a 50+ yd. FG to win the game, I would rather have Prater kicking it. And that may be vastly more likely in the Seahawk game rather than this game against the Cheifs. On the other hand, they may want to give him regular season reps this week to get his feet under him more for the trip to Seattle. Anyway, we no doubt will hear more later tonight and tomorrow if they are playing or not Sunday! I had a good feeling that the agreement might well be signed today!

Friday Football.

First of all, I wish that Wes Welker and Matt Prater’s suspensions would be eliminated by the signing of the NFL/ Player Union agreement in the very near future.
That said, in this week’s game, I am very
hopeful their presence may not be near as critical as next week’s game in Seattle. We need all hands on deck (except Trevathon) for that game. But this week’s game is a division game, so let’s focus on that. My wishes for this week are:
1. Keep dropped passes to a bare minimum. This is a problem of focus and if it’s there on target, catch it first, then once secured run with it. CATCH, THEN RUN.
2. The running game is more productive, especially in yardage per carry. This is a good game to get it together before they head West.
3. They get the kinks out of the way the offense played in the 2nd half last week. They had the opposite problem last year, so Braintrust get it figured out.
4. This is part of #3 actually. John Fox, keep your foot on the pedal and go for the throat. Do not play like playing not to lose! If you can blow them out, go for the gusto.
5. The defense keeps improving. It was a solid performance but they have the abilities to be an elite defense by season’s end.
6. On both sides of the ball, keep showing the toughness you exhibited in flashes last week. Again, constitutedly.
7. Get Cody Latimer more involved in the passing game. Again this is a perfect game to work on that.
I know you are all working on these, Broncos, and am excited to see how you play as a good thermometer for that huge game in Week 3. GO,GO BRONCOS AND ORANGE CRUSH THE CHIEFS!!!

Weekly Prediction: Week 1 – Indianapolis Colts @ Denver Broncos

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2014 Regular Season Week 1
Indianapolis Colts vs Denver Broncos
Sports Authority Field @ Mile High

The 2013 season ended with a disappointing defeat in the Super Bowl to the Seattle Seahawks, losing by a score of 43-8.  The Broncos look to rebound from that devastating loss by getting the 2014 season started off on the right foot.

The Denver offense will be without a couple of last year’s weapons, with the departure of Eric Decker to the Jets and the suspension of slot receiver, Wes Welker; however, there will be new targets for Manning when they take the field against the Colts.  Emmanuel Sanders joins the Broncos after several successful seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers.  Rookie Cody Latimer looks to turn his NFL debut into eye opening affair on a nationally televised stage.

The Colts and Broncos met last year, when Peyton Manning returned home for the first time since being released by the club.  In an edge of your seat shootout, the Colts won 39-33 on Andrew Luck’s 228 passing yards and 3 TDs.  With the addition of three key defensive players, the Broncos look to make this game much more one-sided than the previous meeting with the Colts.  Welcome to Bronco Country, Aqib Talib, Demarcus Ware, and TJ Ward!

Entering the 2014 season, on paper, the Broncos look like a much more complete team than the one they fielded last year.  With the return of several key players from injury, this 2014 Broncos squad could be as good on defense as they have been on the offensive side of the ball, and if that is the case, we very easily could see a rematch of last year’s Super Bowl.  The season is long, and it has only just begun.  Let’s get the season started right with a big win at home!

Final Score Prediction

Indianapolis Colts – 24

Denver Broncos – 37

 

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