- Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner2 hrs ago
NFL Films had Peyton Manning wired for sound last Sunday night, when he needed three touchdowns to pass Brett Favre's record. That turned out to be a wise move.
Manning got the three touchdowns he needed in the first half, including the record-breaker to Demaryius Thomas. In the video above, from the excellent "Sound FX" show on NFL Network, they use Manning's postgame comments to narrate the drive, and you can hear what was said to him on the sideline after he broke the record. You can also see, near the end of the video, Manning and Wes Welker chatting on the bench about the game of keep-away the players did with Manning and the record-setting ball after the touchdown.
Since the NFL is already carving "Denver Broncos" into this season's Lombardi Trophy, there's probably no use in checking the Super Bowl odds almost halfway through the season.
But let's do so anyway, for kicks.
It's hard to figure out who the second-best team in the NFL is. Which means that there should be value in the Super Bowl odds, just in case the Broncos blow it in the playoffs again (I know, hard to imagine). Here are the odds for every semi-legitimate contender (the Raiders are 3000-to-1, if you feel like setting your money on fire), from Bovada via OddsShark.com, before Thursday's game:
Denver Broncos, 3-to-1 Again, this was before Thursday's game. It's not good value to take any team in Week 8 at 3-to-1 to win the Super Bowl, no matter how far Denver is ahead of the rest of the NFL.
Green Bay Packers, 8-to-1 Interesting that the Packers are the second favorite. Considering that if the season ended today, they wouldn't even be NFC North champs.Thu, Oct 23San Diego21 - 35DenverGame Recap
DENVER – At the two-minute warning of the fourth quarter, the Denver Broncos were up 35-21, with the ball. That last part is key to this story.
The Broncos, stealing the University of Wisconsin's bit, started playing the House of Pain song "Jump Around" in the stadium. Broncos cornerback Aqib Talib, on the sideline, got into it and started dancing. They showed Talib on the big screen, the crowd got even more fired up. It was fairly typical stuff at the end of a big Broncos win.
And quarterback Peyton Manning was not happy about it.
Manning wants the crowd to be quiet when the offense has the ball. He likes calling out audibles at the line, and every once in a while he'll theatrically motion for the crowd to quiet down. After the two-minute warning the Broncos got a false-start penalty, although it didn't seem that was due to the crowd noise. He wasn't mad at the fans this time; he was mad at the Broncos scoreboard operator.
DENVER – The Denver Broncos were really good in 2013.
They were 13-3, didn’t lose any regular-season game by more than a touchdown, outscored teams by 207 points and won the AFC. They ultimately weren’t Super Bowl champion good, partially because they ran up against a great team that was even better, but they were very good last season.
The Broncos are better this season. Clearly. Absolutely.
“Oh yeah,” cornerback Chris Harris said without any hesitation when asked if the 2014 Broncos were better than the 2013 version. “We’re a total team.”
Through the month of September, San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers became one of the NFL’s hot way-too-early MVP candidates.
The Chargers were playing well. Rivers was on fire. All of the way-too-early MVP buzz was justified. But no matter how good Rivers is, he's not even the best MVP candidate in his own division.
Peyton Manning, who was surprisingly absent from the MVP talk in its very early stages, and the Denver Broncos dismantled the Chargers 35-21, leaving no question they are the favorite in the AFC West. The Broncos are 6-1, a game-and-a-half ahead of the second-place Chargers (5-3).
This was Manning's second straight dominant performance on prime time. Manning was 25-of-35 for 286 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions in Thursday's win. Last week, Manning was 22-of-28 for 318 yards and four touchdowns against the San Francisco 49ers.
John Elway is as popular as ever in Denver, but name dropping Elway did not help Broncos practice squad safety John Boyett when he was arrested on Monday. Elway, the Broncos general manager, didn't seem too impressed either, because he cut Boyett on Thursday.
Boyett allegedly had a heck of a time out, it sounds like from the police report, via the Denver Post. Take a gander at what Boyett was arrested for. It's quite the list:
"In summary, according to the police report, Boyett was highly intoxicated, threatened a bartender at a sports bar where he ate, drank and did shots, was belligerent to his fellow patrons, assaulted a cab driver, stole a shovel from a construction site so he could whack the cab driver, fled the scene and tried to hide from police by trying to bury himself under mulch."
Players like Kevin Kolb leave our consciousness pretty fast. One year they're playing, the next they're not, and we rarely think about them again.
But Kolb still thinks about football. He has no choice. The lingering symptoms from concussions are with him every waking moment, he said.
In a first-person story on The MMQB, Kolb describes his concussion symptoms, a little more than a year after he played his last game. The former Philadelphia Eagles, Arizona Cardinals and Buffalo Bills quarterback suffered his last concussion in the preseason of 2013. His first concussion came in 2010, when Green Bay Packers linebacker Clay Matthews hit him. He suffered two more in 2012. He didn't even believe his last concussion was serious. It happened on a routine play. That's scary.
The Tennessee Titans, with nothing to lose in a season headed south in a hurry, plan to start rookie Zach Mettenberger at quarterback this Sunday, according to the Tennessean.
Jake Locker has been banged up and Charlie Whitehurst has played like Charlie Whitehurst in his absence, so the Titans will apparently turn to their sixth-round pick this week against the Texans. Mettenberger isn't a typical sixth-round pick, as character concerns and a torn ACL last season with LSU caused a draft drop. He looked just fine in the preseason, leading the NFL with 659 passing yards and looking very comfortable in the pocket.
The Tennessean said Mettenberger was not in the locker room after practice on Wednesday, Locker was off limits to reporters and Whitehurst was told to not talk to the media. The report said indications are Mettenberger was told of the decision on Tuesday night.Sun, Oct 2610:00 AM PDTHouston at TennesseePreview Game
You don't want to show up late on Bill Belichick's time, even if you're one of the NFL's best cornerbacks.
New England Patriots cornerback Darrelle Revis showed up late to a meeting at 7:30 a.m. on Tuesday, so Belichick sent him home, the Boston Globe's Ben Volin reported, citing three league sources. Revis wasn't allowed to participate in practice or any meetings. The players were off Saturday to Monday after beating the Jets last Thursday night.
The Globe's story said Revis has accepted responsibility for his mistake. The Globe wrote that Belichick didn't make a "big announcement" to the team about Revis being sent home, but a source said, “The message was definitely sent. The rules apply to everybody.”Sun, Oct 2610:00 AM PDTChicago at New EnglandPreview Game
One of the great things about last season’s Seattle Seahawks, other than the immense talent on the roster, was the apparent togetherness.
“We all we got, we all we need,” right? The players rallied around coach Pete Carroll’s high-energy ways. They won a Super Bowl.
The last time a defending Super Bowl champion won a playoff game was the 2005 season. One of the reasons for that drought is champions dealing with inevitable coverage, real or exaggerated, that the chemistry isn't the same. Maybe over jealousy issues creeping into the locker room. Last week, the Seahawks were a pretty normal 3-2 team – maybe they didn’t run the ball enough, and the defensive line wasn’t quite as deep as last season ... normal football things. That was before the Percy Harvin trade.Sun, Oct 2610:00 AM PDTSeattle at CarolinaPreview Game