Power rankings and miscellaneous.

Here are my updated power rankings through week 7, pending the Texans/Steelers game tonight. Here are the rankings:
1. Broncos
2. Cowboys
3. Colts
4. Packers
5. Eagles
6. Ravens
7. Patriots
8. Chargers
9. Cardinals
10.Lions
11.Seahawks
12.Bengals
13.49ers
14.Cheifs
15.Saints
16.Giants
17.Dolphins
18.Bears
19.Panthers
20.Bills
21.Browns
22.Steelers
23.Texans
24.Rams
25.Falcons
26.Vikings
27.Redskins
28.Jets
29.Raiders
30.Jaguars
31.Titans
32.Bucaneers
Well, we are nearly halfway through the season and hijinks are still going on. The Jaguars finally won a game. The Colt defense, which was average, completely shutdown the Bengal’s 5th ranked offense and tossed them a no points game. And Superman who just had two great games was tamed by again, an average defense in Packerland. And the Rams beat the Seahawks with not only one, but two fake punts which were turned into touchdowns. In the Bengal game, Giovonni Bernard was forecast with 22 fantasy points and he sat at 1 point until I thought he might be injured early, but found out later that they almost totally ignored their high powered rushing game, even when they were only down 7 points and 10 points. That is unusual with a back like Bernard , so Holloween must have occured early there. And the Broncos witnessed Peyton breaking Brett Farves career touchdown mark. He needed three passing TDs to do that and got 4, and Ronnie Hillman got two other rushing TD’s and they blew out the 49ers, who many were considering a SuperBowl team. Almost lost in the shuffle was the superb job the Broncos Defense did in shutting down the Niners potent offense. They held Frank Gore to 20 yards of rushing and sacked Caepernick 6 times and pressured him many times. They are rapidly developing into an elite defense and now highly complement the high powered offense driven by Peyton Manning. Along with the Cowboys they are the best all around teams, though I do not think that Cowboy D is one that will stand the test of time. I think they are overachieving with spit and hoojack and that can only go a ways, not a whole season, before stumbling into raw reality. Enjoy it while it lasts, Cowboy fans. They had average to below average talent to start with and that is still what you have. I commend them for their achievments so far, but it will not last through the season, so Tony Romo, Dez Bryant and Demarco Murray will have to put the team on their backs and carry them. I am so glad our Bronco D is the real thing and look forward to watching their version of a Bronco Crush develop. It has been a great season so far, but it will only get better. If they can play anyway near the level they played last night on Thursday against the Chargers and the following game on Sunday Nov. 1st, facing the Patriots, they will stand at the halfway point of the season with a 7-1 record which could , but for the tough lack of luck of an overtime coin toss, could as easily have bean a win instead of a heartbreaking loss. The defense played well in the second half of that Seahawk game and it was the start of their continueed development into a truely elite defense by season’s end. Keep working hard and get ready to Orange Crush the Chargers Thursday night on the last CBS broadcast of Thursday Night Football. Make it another memorable night for youselves and all of Bronco Country, United in Orange!!!

Weekly Prediction Article – Week 7: San Francisco 49ers @ Denver Broncos

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San Francisco 49ers (4-2) @ Denver Broncos (4-1)
Sports Authority Field @ Mile High
8:30pm EST

Good Morning, Bronco Fans.  It is week 7 in the NFL and this week’s matchup is going to be a good one.  Colin Kaepernick and the San Francisco 49ers travel to the thin air of Denver to collide with the reining AFC Champs, the Denver Broncos.  Both teams are coming off of 31-17 victories, and look to improve their records in this Sunday Night showdown.

Week 6 Recap

The San Francisco 49ers defeated the St. Louis Rams by a score of 31-17.  Colin Kaepernick recorded his 3rd career, 300 yard passing game as the 49ers overcame a first quarter, 14 point deficit to improve their record to 4-2.

  • Colin Kaepernick completed 22 passes on 35 attempts for 343 yards and 3 passing touchdowns, including an 80 yard TD pass to Brandon Lloyd before halftime.  It was Brandon Lloyd’s only reception in the game.
  • Anquan Boldin hauled in 7 catches for 94 yards and a touchdown.
  • The 49er defense held firm against the Rams offense, allowing just 5, 3rd down conversions on 14 attempts (35%).
  • RB Frank Gore ran for just 38 yards on 16 attempts.  Kaepernick added 37 rushing yards on 3 attempts.

The Denver Broncos, ironically, also defeated their week 6 opponent by a score of 31-17.  Peyton Manning inched closer to the all-time passing touchdown record, throwing 3 touchdowns against the Jets at MetLife Stadium.  With the win, Denver improved to 4-1 on the year.

  • Peyton Manning connected on 3 touchdown passes, while accumulating 237 yards on 22/33 passing.  He is now just 2 TDs away from catching Brett Favre’s elusive record, connecting on 506 touchdowns in his magnificent career.
  • Julius Thomas added 2 touchdowns to his already NFL leading total, to bring him to 9 receiving touchdowns on the season.
  • Demaryius Thomas had another big day, catching 10 passes for 124 yards and a touchdown.
  • Ronnie Hillman gained 100 yards during his first career start, doing so on 24 carries.

Week 7 Prediction Points

It may not be on Peyton Manning’s mind, but it is on the mind of every Denver fan in the nation.  History can be made this evening, and Peyton Manning has the spotlight directly on him.  My question is not will he break the record, it is who will catch the 509th touchdown pass of Peyton Manning’s storied career.  Well, since I do write prediction articles, I’ll put my money on Julius Thomas.

Speaking of Julius Thomas, can you say “Beast”?  This guy says it is easy, and he makes it look easy.  Julius is on pace to break the single season receiving touchdowns record, and will most definitely break the single season touchdown record for Tight Ends.  He leads the league with 9 receiving touchdowns and is now on pace to score  29 touchdowns this season.  Heck, not only does he catch #509, I’ll go out on a limb and say he catches the tying touchdown, #508 as well.

Pick your poison.  Every game this season, either Demaryius Thomas or Emmanuel Sanders has broke the century mark in receiving yards.  Defenses have clearly been overwhelmed with this potent Denver passing attack, and the production comes from both starting wide outs.  Against the Cardinals, DT pulled in 10 receptions and racked up 124 yards.  Emmanuel broke the century mark the first 4 games of the season, and DT has emerged to his normal self, racking up close to 400 receiving yards in the last two games.

The defense of the 49ers means strict business.  Even while missing more than half of their starting defense from last year, and continuing to watch current starters go down to injury, this team boasts the #2 overall defense in the league, allowing under 300 yards per game to opposing offenses (287.2).  Their rush defense is ranked 5th in the NFL, allowing just 79.8 yards per game, and their pass defense ranks 2nd in the NFL allowing an average of just 207.3 yards in the air.

Over the last couple of weeks, we have started to see this revamped defensive unit come into it’s own.  Ranked #4 in the NFL in total yards allowed per game, the Bronco defense has shown that they too, are a force to be reckoned with.  This team isn’t all about offense, and it shows with their offensive play calling.  Ronnie Hillman made his first career start last week, and it was apparent that they were determined to get him 100 yards on the ground.  He accomplished that goal, carrying the ball 24 times for exactly 100 yards.  Denver will need to bring a two-dimensional approach to keep this 49er defense off balance.  The first half will be close, but Denver puts them away in the 2nd half.  Enjoy!

Final Score Prediction

San Francisco 49ers – 24

Denver Broncos – 37

 

Week Seven Musings.

The Broncos will wear the Blue uniforms for the 49er game. I hope they bring good luck for the team. Also, Shaquile Barret, LB has been activated to the Regular Squad from the Practice Squad. He will fill the absence of Danny Tevathon, who they put on IR, with a chance of return list He nearly made the team before the final cut down and has played very well with the Practice Squad.
The next three games with the 49ers, Chargers and Patriots will go a long way to define the season for the Broncos. For the Niners game, the emphasis will be on the Broncos and Niners defenses. For the Broncos, they need to corral and keep Kaepernick in the pocket without leaving him lanes in the middle. So our edge rushers need to go no deeper than him and we need to keep the middle line pushing the linemen they face into him without leaving gaps where he can escape and hurt us with his legs. He will get some yardage, but we have to keep him from the big plays rushing. And they need to keep playing strong defense against the rush, which will mainly provided by Frank Gore, with Carlos Hyde spelling him.
For the Niners, they have to limit Peyton, which will be a tall order. Peyton will certainly get his own against them, but again they hope to limit the big plays from our strong receiving players, Demaryius Thomas, Julius Thomas, Emmanuel Sanders and Wes Welker. But again, Peyton will pick them apart even if they limit the big plays. I think the Niners and Broncos have a push with their defenses, but I think the edge on offense definitely is for the Broncos, so I see Peyton breaking the Farve record and getting a rushing touchdown from either Hillman or Thompson. And McManus kicking three field goals and the Broncos keeping them down to three TDs and a field goal for a Bronco win of 37-24.
Then they have a short week with the Chargers in a home game. Needless to say that this game will have a lot to do with winning the Division with them playing on the last CBS broadcast of Thursday Night Football of three extra days
. But the Chargers also have a short week and
have to travel on top of that. I think we have slight edges on both offense and defense, so I look for the Broncos winning by a TD. Peyton will throw for three more TDS and break the record and 2 fieldgoals and the Broncos winning 27-20.
After that they get a mini break of three extra days to rest and recuperate and get ready to playing the Patriots yet again hosting. Three weeks ago this looked like an easier game, but Tom Brady has found his mojo again, so this could be a shoot out, with our defense topping them and getting some takaways. A couple of short field TDs and four long drive TDs and a couple field goals and the Broncos winning 48-34. This game is the first game of three straight road games, with the Broncos traveling to the Raiders, another Division game and then finally to St. Louis to face the Rams. I see the Broncos winning both games by 14 or more points. If the Broncos can do all this they
would be 9-1, with home games left with the Dolphins, the, Bills and the Raiders and road games at the, Cheifs, Chargers and the Bengals. I think they will lose, one of those road, games and finish the season 14-2 and with the home field advantage throughout the playoffs. So start this off with a great win by delivering a Big Ol’ Orange Crush on the 49ers. Go Broncos and Bronco Country is squarely behind the new
America’s Team. Oh, yes we took it away from Dallas as the most popular team in the NFL this year, so Broncos Country is huge across America and also Intertanationly!

Power Rankings

Here are my power rankings for Week Seven.
1. Broncos
2. Chargers
3. Eagles
4. Cowboys
5. 49ers
6. Seahawks
7. Patriots
8. Packers
9. Colts
10.Cardinals
11.Bengals
12.Ravens
13.Lions
14.Panthers
15.Chiefs
16.Lions
17.Giants
18.Bears
19.Panthers
20.Bills
21.Browns
22.Steelers
23.Saints
24.Texans
25.Jets
26.Dolphins
27.Titans
28.Redskins
28.Bucaneers
29.Rams
30.Vikings
31.Raiders
32.Jaguars
Go Broncos and Smash the 49ers on Sunday!

Video: CBS Sports Previews the Week 7 49ers vs Broncos Matchup

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Pete Prisco and Pat Kirwan preview the NFL Week 7 matchup between the San Francisco 49ers and Denver Broncos.

Weekly Prediction Article – Week 6: Denver Broncos @ New York Jets

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Denver Broncos (3-1) @ New York Jets (1-4)
MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey
1:00pm EST

Good morning Bronco fans!  It’s week 6 in the NFL regular season, as Denver hits the road to play the New York Jets at Met Life Stadium.  A lot of people are giving the Jets no chance to win this game, but the Jets have proven to be a force to reckon with when playing in the confines of their home stadium.  This team appears to have a split personality disorder, depending on where they play.  The Jets bring a fierce, competitive pass rush attack, while Peyton Manning and his prolific offense make quick plays and typically strike early and often.  The Broncos must contain the pass rush or this game will be closer than most analysts have predicted.

Week 5 Recap

The Jets got blown out in San Diego by a score of 31-0.  Their offense was dismal to say the least, accumulating just 151 net yards in their Week 5 contest against the Chargers.  While their defense was able to force Chargers QB Philip Rivers to throw an interception, the Chargers were far too much for the Jets to handle.

  • QBs Geno Smith and Michael Vick combined for 12-31 passing for 74 yards and 1 interception.
  • The Jets offense converted just 1 of 12 3rd down attempts against the Chargers defense.
  • The rushing attack of Chris Johnson and Chris Ivory combined for 68 yards on 16 attempts.
  • Philip Rivers completed 20 of 28 pass attempts and added 3 touchdowns while throwing 1 pick.
  • Chargers RB Branden Oliver found open space gaining 114 yards on 19 carries.

The Broncos took complete control in the 2nd half of their week 5 contest against the Cardinals to improve to 3-1 on the season.  Several club and NFL records were broke in the victory as the Denver offense proves to be too potent for NFL defenses to figure out.  With another NFL record in his sight, Peyton Manning continues to etch his name in the NFL record books, and became just the 2nd QB in NFL history to throw 500 passing touchdowns in a season.

  • Demaryius Thomas set the Broncos single game record with 226 receiving yards, surpassing former TE Shannon Sharpe’s previous club record of 214 yards.  He added 2 receiving touchdowns and needed just 8 completions to break the record.
  • Wes Welker broke Rod Smith’s NFL record for the most receptions by an undrafted NFL player when he reeled in his 850th career reception in Week 5.
  • Julius Thomas continues to be a matchup nightmare for opposing defenses, scoring 2 touchdowns on 6 receptions, extending his NFL lead to 7 receiving touchdowns.
  • The Broncos defense allowed just 3 third down conversions on 16 attempts.
  • Emmanuel Sanders continues to be productive in the Denver offense, snagging 7 passes and racking up 101 yards against the Cardinals defense.

Week 6 Prediction Points

  1. The Broncos passing attack ranks 3rd in the NFL with an average of 317 yards per game.  The Jets defense ranks 15th against the pass, allowing just under 238 yards per game.  The Jets defense has 17 sacks on the season, but they have only been able to come up with one interception on the season, which came last week against the San Diego Chargers.  The Jets will have to bring their A game to stop this formidable Broncos offense from scoring early and often.
  2. As far as the rushing attack goes, the Jets defense ranks 6th in the NFL, allowing only 83 yards per game to opposing teams.  The Denver Broncos have not been able to find consistency running the football and are currently ranked 29th in the league, gaining 79.5 yards per game on the ground.  In order for Denver to keep this Jets defense off balance, they are going to have to find a way to find space in the running game, and that starts with RB Ronnie Hillman.
  3. This game will mark the first time WR Eric Decker has played against his former team since being released during the off-season.  So far this season, Decker has only been targeted 23 times, and has managed to pull in 14 receptions, with 204 yards and 2 TDs.  While he had some success with Tim Tebow as his QB in Denver, his production with the Jets pales in comparison to the weapon he was with Peyton Manning throwing him the ball.  If Decker is healthy and ready to go, he may be fired up with an opportunity to show Denver that they made a mistake in letting him go.
  4. The Broncos defense ranks 14th in the NFL in total yards allowed per game, with an average of 346 yards per game.  The Jets offense ranks 27th in the league in total offensive yards gained, with an average of 323 yards per game.  Denver’s revamped defense will need to control the running game of the Jets, and contain QB Geno Smith.  The Jets will try to establish a running game early to keep Peyton and the Broncos offense off of the field and will attempt to control the tempo of the game with their 3 headed rushing attack.
  5. Peyton Manning is staring down another NFL record.  Last week against the Cardinals, Peyton became just the 2nd Quarterback in NFL history  to surpass the 500 passing touchdown mark.  Peyton trails Hall of Fame QB Brett Favre by 5 touchdowns, and has a chance to tie, if not break that record this week against the Jets.  Manning is coming off of his best passing performance yardage wise, when he shredded the Arizona defense for 479 yards in their 41-20 victory in Week 5.  If the Jets force this game to be one dimensional with their ability to stop the run, Favre’s record could be history.

Final Score Prediction

New York Jets – 17

Denver Broncos – 41

Broncos vs Jets Wednesday Injury Report

DENVER BRONCOS

Practice Report

DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE

Wednesday

RB Montee Ball (groin), T Michael Schofield (not injury related), RB Juwan Thompson (knee)

FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE

Wednesday

S David Bruton (ankle), WR Andre Caldwell (knee), CB Chris Harris (knee), LB Lerentee McCray (knee), K Brandon McManus (right groin)

NEW YORK JETS

Practice Report

DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE

Wednesday

S Josh Bush (quadricep), LB David Harris (shoulder), WR David Nelson (ankle), CB Darrin Walls (knee)

LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE

Wednesday

G Willie Colon (knee), WR Eric Decker (hamstring), C Nick Mangold (shoulder), CB Dee Milliner (quadricep)

FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE

Wednesday

T Breno Giacomini (back), DT Damon Harrison (ankle), RB Chris Johnson (ankle)

Poll: Broncos at the Jets – Who Wins the Week 6 Matchup?

Denver Broncos fullback Spencer Larsen (46) drives for the sticks but is stopped short of the first down and the Broncos have to punt with 7 minutes left in their game against the New York Jets Thursday night at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. 11/17/


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