10 games into this season and still questions about our team. First and foremost is the QB position. Peyton injured and no telling about how long he will be out. Osweiler came in and had a decent first game in piloting us to a close win over the Bears. But again, it was our Defense to the rescue, stuffing a 2 point conversion that may have sent the game to overtime. Now we face the Pats and will he rise to the challenge of playing them? Not if we get into a shootout with them. But we have two major things going for us. The Patriot offense is depleted at this time and we have the best Defense in the NFL. So it should be a close game and we have been really good in those kind of games this season. But we need to get an early lead to give us a chance to win. Playing from behind will be a tough problem for Osweiler in only his second start in his career.And our Defense needs to get some takeaways too. The Bills nearly beat them last week by putting a lot of pressure on Brady. His offesive weapons are very limited, primarily to Blount and Grabowski, so if we can limit their output, we have a good chance to win this game. Should be a great game to watch and if all three phases show up well, it could be our 9th win of the year and a leg up on the tiebreaker if we have the same record. So Broncos, GO,GO and bring your A game to the party and Punish the Patriots!!!
Week 11 – Regular Season
Denver Broncos @ Chicago Bears
Sunday, November 22, 2015 @ 1:00pm EST
Good morning, Bronco fans. It is week 11 in the NFL and no one could have ever guessed the circumstances surrounding this game. The Broncos come into week 11 trying to right the ship after losing back to back games to the Colts and Chiefs. The Broncos are in Chicago, but Peyton Manning is no where to be found. There are many familiar faces on the sidelines today, and they are wearing blue and orange, but they are no longer our beloved Denver Broncos.
It is almost like a mirror image, or a gaze into a crystal ball. Jay Cutler, Eddie Royal, John Fox, Adam Gase. All pieces of what used to be championship caliber Denver football teams, just not all part of the same puzzle. Today, we have other pieces of the puzzle and no one is quite sure where or how they are going to fit.
4th year quarterback Brock Osweiler is going to be making the first start of his NFL career today, on the road, against the man who drafted him, trained him, coached him and started to mold him. Meanwhile, their future Hall of Fame quarterbacks future is in limbo.
Could there actually be a QB controversy in Denver, with someone actually vying to take the job from a legend. They say all good things must come to an end, but this isn’t the story book ending that Peyton or his fans could have ever imagined, let alone dreamed about.
All eyes, and I mean all eyes will be on Brock today. Has being an understudy of one of the greatest of all time paid off? Can Brock translate years of preparation and execute on the field, on the road, under pressure and freezing half to death?
Game time temperature in Chicago is going to be about 26 degrees. Is this baptism by fire, or ice?
Let’s keep all of the focus on Brock for this week. This young man is exactly what Gary Kubiak’s system is all about. He is big, mobile, and has a cannon for the arm. Defenses are going to have to play much more honest with Brock at the helm than they have had to with Peyton. With Osweiler’s ability to stretch the field and throw the long ball, don’t expect the Bears to load up in the box and force Brock to make the big throws, because, I believe he will make those throws.
I can remember how excited I was as a Broncos fan to see Jay Cutler get his first start, or the day where Timmy Tebow was called on to save the day and the season. But this is different. It just feels different.
Brock is the future of this franchise, and he is going to show us all today why he is the future. This is the balance this team needs to win a Super Bowl. This is the spark that the defense needed to get back on track. This is the balance that is required to re-establish the oft-dismal running attack.
Am I over hyping this whole thing? Maybe, or maybe not.
Ready for some real, solid predictions? Well, here goes:
- Brock Osweiler will throw for more than 300 yards in his first NFL start
- Brock Osweiler will throw for more than 2 touchdowns in his first NFL start
- Brock Osweiler will win his first start in his NFL career.
- The Denver Broncos will improve to 8-2 today in Chicago
Final Score Prediction
Chicago Bears – 20
Denver Broncos – 28
Broncos safety T.J. Ward escaped a suspension, but not a fine for his actions in Sunday’s loss against the Kansas Chiefs, Troy Renck of the Denver Post reports.
The NFL fined Ward $10,000 for throwing at punch at Kansas City receiver Jeremy Maclin. Ward said Maclin took a cheap shot at him, and he took offense to a block late in Charcandrick West’s 80-yard touchdown catch and run.
Officials flagged Ward for the punch, ejecting him. Ward has been fined $33,150 the past two weeks for hitting a defenseless player, wearing an untucked jersey and punching Maclin.
Ward said the Chiefs’ style of play irked him this season.
“They were a pretty dirty team — the O-linemen, receivers and tight ends,” Ward said. “They were doing it last game and they continued to do it this game. It took an effect on me.”
After an awful outing that included him getting benched in the second half for backup Brock Osweiler, head coach Gary Kubiak announced that Peyton Manning won’t start at QB this week for the Broncos.
Gary Kubiak announces Peyton Manning will not play this week. Brock Osweiller will get the start against the Bears.
— Jeff Darlington (@JeffDarlington) November 16, 2015
ESPN’s Adam Schefter is reporting that Manning has been dealing with plantar fasciitis in his left foot, but according to Schefter, Manning has a tear of the tissue.
Kubiak said after the loss on Sunday to the Chiefs that Manning should not have started in the loss. “To be honest with you, I was protecting him. I was worried about him,” Kubiak said after the loss.
“Let me just say this: Obviously, I’m very disappointed in the football game … I’m disappointed in myself, this is on me. I probably should have made a decision not to play him in the game. I needed to make probably that tough decision there
Manning has been listed on the Broncos’ injury report with a right shoulder injury and the foot injury.
Week 10 – Regular Season
Kansas City Chiefs @ Denver Broncos
Sunday, November 15, 2015 @ 4:25pm EST
Good morning Bronco fans! It is week 10 and Denver returns home to take on the Kansas City Chiefs. For the second straight week, Denver will be playing against a team with a 3-5 record. Last week, the Broncos were handed their first loss by Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts. Denver now enters week 10 with a record of 7-1 and will look to add to their AFC West lead today by burying the Chiefs at the bottom of the division with the San Diego Chargers. I expect the division to be a two team race moving forward, as both the Chiefs and Chargers will be out of contention.
Let’s take a closer look at today’s Week 10 opponent, the Kansas City Chiefs.
The Chiefs are coming off of two big home wins after losing 5 in a row and will play divisional foes four out of the next five weeks, so we will know the fate of the 2015 Chiefs in a few weeks. Alex Smith has been doing just enough to keep his team out of trouble and in ball games. Last week against the Lions in London, Alex Smith completed 18 of his 26 pass attempts for 145 yards. Smith threw for 2 touchdowns and added 78 yards and a touchdown on the ground, showing that he can be a threat inside and outside of the pocket.
Running back Charcandrick West has been filling in nicely for the injured Jamaal Charles. West has 288 rushing yards on 63 attempts, good for an average of 4.6 yards per carry. WR Jeremy Maclin and TE Travis Kelce has provided a great 1-2 punch for Alex Smith in the passing game. Maclin and Kelce have combined for 1104 yards on 82 receptions.
The Chiefs defense ranks #17 overall, allowing 356.5 yards per game. Their pass defense ranks 10th in the NFL allowing 255.9 yards per game in the air. The run defense hasn’t been much to write home about either, as they allow more than 100 yards per game on the ground.
If the Chiefs want to make a run at the division title, it starts this week in Denver. With 4 of the next 5 games being division games for the Chiefs, their destiny lies in their own hands.
The Broncos are coming off of a disappointing loss to the Colts, where not only did they see their undefeated record blemished, but also failed to see Peyton Manning break two prolific NFL records. In the loss, Peyton Manning threw for 281 yards and two touchdowns, but also threw 2 interceptions, one of which sealed the fate for the Broncos last Sunday in Lucas Oil Stadium.
This week, Peyton and company are back at home to face the visiting Kansas City Chiefs for the second time this season. In their first game, Denver won in improbable fashion as Safety Bradley Roby scooped up a Jamaal Charles fumble late in the fourth quarter and took it to the house for a game winning defensive touchdown. That was in week 2 of the season, and the defense has been getting better every week.
This Broncos team comes into Week 10 beat up. The team will be without DE Demarcus Ware who is out with a back injury. Aqib Talib will be a rare spectator as he will be serving his one game suspension for his game ending eye poke against the Colts last week.
Manning is 3 yards away from breaking the all time career passing yards record, and should add this record to his resume on the first Denver offensive play of the game. If the Broncos come out with a win, Peyton Manning will also break Brett Favre’s record of most wins by a quarterback.
Last week left a bad taste in the mouths of the Broncos and their fans. This week, the focus is on the Chiefs, and of course, breaking those records!
Proper Preparation Prevents Piss Poor Performance. Look, I don’t know how many of you Broncos fans follow MMA, or more specifically, the UFC. Last night, the undefeated Bantam-weight woman’s UFC Champion was dominated. Underdog Holly Holm took it to Rousey for the entire duration of the fight, before she put Rousey away with a vicious head kick. My point is, all of these athletes that we watch on TV are professionals. They are there for a reason. When you get there, it is up to you as to what you will make of it. Last night, Holly Holm saw an opportunity to do something that no one else has been able to do. She did it because of preparation. She studied, she learned, and she deciphered Rhonda Rousey. That is what champions are made of. Records are made to be broken, and legends face defeat. How will Rousey respond to her first loss? How will these Broncos respond to their first loss? Time will tell, but both Rhonda Rousey and these Denver Broncos have what is takes to be a champion!
Final Score Prediction
Kansas City Chiefs – 13
Denver Broncos – 27
|KANSAS CITY CHIEFS|
|DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE|
|Wednesday||G Ben Grubbs (neck), LB Tamba Hali (knee)|
|FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE|
|Wednesday||DE Mike Devito (concussion), TE Travis Kelce (groin), LB Ramik Wilson (ankle)|
|DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE|
|Wednesday||TE Owen Daniels (shoulder, knee), QB Peyton Manning (foot), WR Emmanuel Sanders (ankle), LB DeMarcus Ware (back)|
|LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE|
|Wednesday||WR Jordan Norwood (hamstring), LB Shane Ray (knee), G Louis Vasquez (back)|
|FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE|
|Wednesday||RB C.J. Anderson (ankle), TE Virgil Green (finger), T Ryan Harris (knee), RB Ronnie Hillman (quadricep)|
Broncos cornerback Aqib Talib’s adventures in eye-poking on Sunday against the Colts will result in a suspension, Gregg Rosenthal of NFL.com reports.
The NFL notified Talib he has been suspended without pay for this Sunday’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs for his eye-poke of Colts tight end Dwayne Allen. The NFL said Talib violated safety-related playing rules with the action. Talib lost his appeal of the suspenion on Tuesday, NFL Media’s Rand Getlin reported. Mike Klis of NBC-9 in Denver first reported the story.
Talib appeared to poke Allen in the eye late in the Broncos’ 27-24 loss to the Colts, allowing the Colts to get a first down and essentially end the game.
The suspension was imposed by NFL Vice President of Football Operations Merton Hanks, who ruled that Talib’s action placed his opponent at unnecessary risk of injury and should have been avoided.
The suspension starts immediately. Talib is not allowed to attend any team functions until Monday, Nov. 16. Talib’s appeal will be heard and decided by either Derrick Brooks or James Thrash, the officers jointly appointed and compensated by the NFL and NFLPA to decide appeals of on-field player discipline.
Week 9 – Regular Season
Denver Broncos @ Indianapolis Colts
Sunday, November 8, 2015 @ 4:25pm EST
Good morning Bronco fans! It is week 9 in the NFL and today we have the opportunity to watch Peyton Manning return “home” and break two of the most prolific records that a quarterback could break. Last week by defeating the Green Bay Packers, Peyton Manning tied Brett Favre for the most wins ever by a quarterback in NFL history. Today, the Broncos can help Manning break that record with a win in the house that Peyton built. Manning is also 284 yards away from owning the all time record for passing yards in a career.
Let’s take a closer look at today’s Week 9 opponent, the 3-5 Indianapolis Colts.
Offense: Indy is led by 4th year quarterback, Andrew Luck. Luck has had a rough start to the 2015 campaign as he has completed under 55% of his pass attempts, leads the league in interceptions with 12, and has been sacked 14 times in 8 games. Receiver T.Y. Hilton is questionable for today’s game as he has missed practice all week and has been seen in a walking boot. Hilton will be tested before the start of the game to see if he will be ready to go. Luck will need the help of running back Frank Gore to keep the Broncos defense off balance or it could be a long day for the Colts offense. If Luck can find some time and rhythm with his receivers, they could find ways to put points on the board.
- The Colts offense is ranked #16 overall with an average of 352.2 yards per game
- They are ranked #13 in passing, with an average of 253.4 yards per game
- They rank 24th overall in the running department, averaging 98.9 yards per game
- Andrew Luck has thrown 13 touchdowns while also throwing 12 interceptions
Defense: The Colts defense ranks among the worst in the league, as they allow over 404 yards per game and allow an average of 25.4 points per game. Teams have had success running the ball and throwing the ball against the Colts this season. This Colts defense is going to have to step up in a big way today to contain the receivers that Peyton Manning will have at his disposal. Linebacker D’Qwell Jackson could be extremely busy today containing new Bronco TE Vernon Davis.
LB D’Qwell Jackson leads the team with 92 total tackles
- LB Robert Mathis leads the team with 4 sacks, however he only has 8 total tackles
- Strong Safety Mike Adams has snagged a team leading 4 interceptions
Offense: The Bronco offense finally got in gear as they put up a total of 500 yards against the Green Bay Packers. Led by Peyton Manning’s 340 passing yards and a combined 161 yards by C.J. Anderson and Ronnie Hillman, the offense was firing on all cylinders in a huge week 8 win. Demaryius Thomas came up big as he reeled in 8 passes for 168 yards. Tight ends Virgil Green and Owen Daniels combined for 6 catches and 105 yards. Manning will have a new target to throw to today thanks to the recent addition of Tight End Vernon Davis. Davis could provide Manning with the 3rd solid option that has been missing since the departure of Julius Thomas.
- TE Vernon Davis has 194 receiving yards on 18 receptions
- WR Demaryius Thomas leads the team with 56 receptions and 695 yards
- QB Peyton Manning kept his interception streak in-tact. He has at least 1 interception in every game this year
- RB Ronnie Hillman leads the Broncos backfield with 383 yards and has contributed 4 touchdowns
Defense: 77? Yes, 77! That is the number of yards that QB Aaron Rodgers threw for last week against this Denver defense. That was the worst game of Aaron Rodgers’ career. 38? Yes, 38. That is the number of yards that RB Eddie Lacy gained in the game last week against the Denver defense. Throw in a few more small numbers, add it all up, and that is a total of 140 yards for the Green Bay Packers offense last week.
This defense has been truly amazing to watch and even more amazing to analyze. This Broncos defense is playing at an all time high level, and has been brought into conversations with teams like the 2000 Ravens and the 1985 Bears. They attack in every phase of defense. They harass quarterbacks, they stick to receivers like glue, and they smash running backs in the mouth with relentless pursuit.
Ranked #1 overall in the NFL in yards allowed per game, points allowed per game, passing yards per game, sacks, interceptions, and total points allowed, this is a team that is hard to beat. They don’t have ( m)any weaknesses, and they seem to be getting better every week.
Recap: Once again, this defense is going to be way too much for Andrew Luck and the Colts offense to handle. They just fired their Offensive Coordinator and T.Y. Hilton is a banged up, game time decision. Peyton and company have started to find their groove and Vernon Davis just made this offense a lot better.
Look for the offensive momentum to carry over into this week. Peyton will want to get Demaryius and Emmanuel involved early to keep the defense at bay. Records will be broken, tears will be shed, and at the end of the day, Peyton Manning and the Broncos will be 8-0!
Final Score Prediction
Indianapolis Colts – 16
Denver Broncos – 31