Weekly Power Ratings & More.

Here are the rankings:
1. Broncos
2. Cardinals
3. Patriots
4. Eagles
5. Cowboys
6. Lions
7. Ravens
8. Bengals
9. Colts

This is the week that could possibly determine the AFC Champions. The winner of the Broncos and Pats game has a leg up on winning the home team edge and the title. So we need our offense and defense to be functioning on all cylinders. Ronnie Hillman must run at his best and Peyton needs to be at his best. And our elite Orange Crush defense needs to slow down the New England offense enough that we can control the time of possession. And force some turnovers which would really help attain a victory. The Broncos finally are the consensus No.1 team in the NFL and need to play like that.So have a great week of practice and Punish the Patriots with a huge Orange Crush!!! And to Champ Bailey, enjoy your retirement and thank you so much for all the great memories we have of your magnificent plays over your career!

Weekly Prediction Article – Week 8: San Diego Chargers @ Denver Broncos

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San Diego Chargers @ Denver Broncos
Sports Authority Field @ Mile High
8:25PM EST

Good evening, Broncos fans.  It is week 8 in the NFL and the Broncos come in riding high and in first place in the AFC West.  Facing their 2nd divisional opponent of the season, the Broncos (5-1) can increase their lead in the division by beating the Chargers (5-2) at home tonight.  With 2 top MVP candidates going head to head, this should be the first entertaining Thursday Night Football game of the season.

Week 7 Recap

The San Diego Chargers lost to divisional foe, the Kansas City Chiefs 23-20, who handed them their 2nd regular season loss.  Kansas City controlled the clock and the tempo of the game, while Alex Smith and Jamal Smith powered the offense to an impressive victory against the Chargers.

  • Philip Rivers completed 17/31 of his passes (54%), while throwing for 2 touchdowns on 205 passing yards.  Rivers threw his 3rd interception in the game and now has a touchdown/interception ratio of 17/3.
  • The Chargers had possession during the game for exactly 21:00.  That’s a lot of watching from the sidelines for their offensive unit.  They converted just 3/10 on 3rd down, which clearly shows why it is important to sustain drives.
  • The Chargers had 2 decent drives in the 4th quarter, one, 12 plays and the other 9, both times settling for field goals.

The Denver Broncos played well on both sides of the ball, earning them a big win against the San Francisco 49ers 42-17.  Peyton Manning again etched his names in the record books, surpassing Brett Favre’s career regular season touchdown record of 508.  The Denver defense held Colin Kaepernick and Frank Gore in check, and the offense fired on all cylinders, before getting pulled in the 4th quarter.

  • Peyton Manning completed 22/26 of his passes for 318 yards and 4 passing touchdowns.  With 510 passing touchdowns in his career, he will only continue to extend this already incredible record.  It will be many years before anyone comes close to this one.
  • Demaryius Thomas continues to emerge as one of the greatest wide receivers in the game right now.  His last 3 games have been phenomenal, and on Sunday night against the 49ers, he added 8 receptions and 2 touchdowns while gaining 171 yards.  Can this guy really get any better?
  • Ronnie Hillman continued to produce in his role as starting RB for the Denver Broncos.  Rushing for 74 yards on 14 carries, he has provided the balance for the Broncos offensive attack.  During their 25 point victory against the 49ers, Hillman score 2 touchdowns on the ground.

Week 8 Prediction Points

1. This game has the potential to be an instant classic.  Philip Rivers vs Peyton Manning.  Two offenses that have shown the ability to control ballgames and rack up the yards.  Not only is this a great matchup for the offensive units, the defenses for these two teams have also shown that they can control the outcome of games.

  • Denver ranks 1st overall in points per game with an average of 31.5.
  • San Diego ranks 3rd overall in defensive points allowed per game with an average of 16.3
  • Denver ranks 3rd overall against the run, allowing 74.3 yards per game to opposing running backs.
  • San Diego ranks 3rd overall against the pass, allowing just 209.6 yards per game in the air.

2.  The Denver Broncos team that I saw play on Sunday night against the 49ers was virtually unbeatable.  That was one of the most complete games that I have seen the Broncos play in many, many years.  The defense showed its dominance, and the offense showed how quickly they can get started, and how fast they can overwhelm you.

  • The Broncos scored 21 points in the first half and added 21 more in the 3rd quarter.
  • Peyton Manning broke the record in the 2nd quarter when he connected with DT on an 8 yard strike.
  • Frank Gore was held to 20 yards on 9 attempts.
  • Ware and Miller combined for 5 sacks as they continue to chase their goal of 32 sacks combined this season.

3.  No rest for the weary.  The Broncos come into this game just 4 evenings removed from their week 7 home game against the 49ers.  The only benefit is that they will have played both games at home, eliminating the need for travel days and allowing time for recovery.  The Chargers are coming off of a division loss, and will look to rebound on the road in their second consecutive divisional game.  The Broncos look to improve their record in the league and further themselves from the Chargers in the AFC West.  Which QB delivers for their team?  Which defense controls the line of scrimmage and forces opposing QBs to make mistakes?

  • Philip Rivers has completed 67% of his passes this season, and leads the league with 1,961 passing yards.  He has thrown for 17 touchdowns while only throwing 3 interceptions.
  • Peyton Manning has completed 69% of his passes this season, and has accumulated 1,848 yards while throwing for 19 touchdowns.  Peyton has also thrown 3 interceptions this season.
  • Aqib Talib has an interception in two straight games.

Final Score Prediction

San Diego Chargers – 24

Denver Broncos – 34


Are you ready for some football?

I am getting ready for the game tonight and hope your preps are going well. Some odds and ends. Shaquile Barret cleared waivers and is back on the Practice Squad. He has had quite the week in bouncing around. He was on the regular squad for the 49er game, then released, cleared waivers and reclaimed by the Broncos. Life on the edge in the NFL! Bavada odds have been updated on who is favored to hoist the Lombardi Trophy in February. The Broncos have a hefty lead at 3/1, followed by the Packers at 8/1, Cowboys at 9/1 and the Colts at 12-1. Broncos are favored by more than a touchdown tonight and the way they have played in the last three games, plus the fact they are in much better shape injury-wise, they should win handily. But this is an AFC battle for the lead in the AFC West and anything CAN HAPPEN, but it is not likely because of these factors. The Bronco offense is humming along like the best it did last season, we have Ronnie Hillman on a two week tear and I expect him to run well again tonight. Peyton is playing as well as he ever has played, Demaryius is back big-time and Julius will be a rolling-terror tonight and we have a defense that is getting firmer into the elite category each game and I dare say they are starting to remind me of the Orange Crush defense in hallowed Bronco History. I think Ware and Miller are the best pass rush duo in the NFL and will harass and sack Rivers 5+ times tonight. Throw in a pressure-pick and the defense holds them to 300 yards of total offense while our offense tops 500 yards and the Broncos win, topping 40 points again, 42-24. Go, Go Broncos, America’s team, and Orange Crush those dratted Chargers. Bronco Country is United in Orange and behind you all the way!!!

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Chargers at Broncos Tuesday Injury Report

(San Diego did not practice on Monday. The Monday practice report is an estimation.)


Practice Report
Monday LB Jeremiah Attaochu (hamstring), RB Donald Brown (concussion), CB Brandon Flowers (concussion), RB Ryan Mathews (knee), LB Manti Te’o (foot)
Tuesday RB Donald Brown (concussion), CB Brandon Flowers (concussion), LB Dwight Freeney (not injury related), RB Ryan Mathews (knee), G Rich Ohrnberger (back), LB Manti Te’o (foot)
Monday CB Jason Verrett (shoulder), CB Steve Williams (groin)
Tuesday LB Jeremiah Attaochu (hamstring), CB Jason Verrett (shoulder), CB Steve Williams (groin)
Monday T D.J. Fluker (ankle), G Rich Ohrnberger (back)
Tuesday LB Kavell Conner (ankle), T D.J. Fluker (ankle)
(Denver did not practice on Monday. The Monday practice report is an estimation.)


Practice Report
Monday RB Montee Ball (groin), CB Omar Bolden (concussion), LB Steven Johnson (ankle), K Brandon McManus (right groin)
Tuesday RB Montee Ball (groin), CB Omar Bolden (concussion), LB Steven Johnson (ankle), K Brandon McManus (right groin)
Monday S Quinton Carter (hamstring), CB Chris Harris (knee), RB Juwan Thompson (knee), S T.J. Ward (knee)
Tuesday S Quinton Carter (hamstring), CB Chris Harris (knee), RB Juwan Thompson (knee), S T.J. Ward (knee)


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
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


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!

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