(Reuters) – There is not much time for self-satisfaction in the National Football League (NFL). Quarterbacks Mark Sanchez of the New York Jets and Peyton Manning of the Denver Broncos silenced their off-season doubters with impressive season-opening victories but they face sterner tests this week on the road against tough opponents. It is one thing to shine at home and another thing entirely being able to do it all in a hostile environment. …
NFL: Sanchez and Manning face another round of questions (Reuters)
Sept 13 (Reuters) – There is not much time forself-satisfaction in the National Football League (NFL). Quarterbacks Mark Sanchez of the New York Jets and PeytonManning of the Denver Broncos silenced their off-season doubterswith impressive season-opening victories but they face sternertests this week on the road against tough opponents. It is one thing to shine at home and another thing entirelybeing able to do it all in a hostile environment. …
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The University of New Mexico has not been a program to develop an abundance of NFL-caliber football players. However, the NFL players that have made it to the NFL from the Lobos program have been difference makers, to say the least, in the National Football League.
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There are currently 25 Florida State University Seminoles playing in the National Football League.
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Florida State Seminoles in the NFL (Yahoo! Contributor Network)
Once again, it’s time to gear up for this week’s slate of NFL games with analysis from the best in the business — Greg Cosell of NFL Films and ESPN’s NFL Matchup. As he did so well last year, Greg will give you a sense of the week’s upcoming games you won’t get anywhere else, based on his conversations with players and coaches past and present, and his OCD-level evaluation of coach’s tape. Here’s the Week 2 schedule in order of games discussed for your edification, and as always, we start with the Thursday Night Football game — this time, between the Chicago Bears and the Green bay Packers. Thursday, Sept. 13 Chicago Bears at Green Bay Packers Sunday, Sept. 16 Kansas City Chiefs at Buffalo Bills Cleveland Browns at Cincinnati Bengals Minnesota Vikings at Indianapolis Colts New Orleans Saints at Carolina Panthers Houston Texans at Jacksonville Jaguars Oakland Raiders at Miami Dolphins Arizona Cardinals at New England Patriots Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New York Giants Baltimore Ravens at Philadelphia Eagles Dallas Cowboys at Seattle Seahawks New York Jets at Pittsburgh Steelers Tennessee Titans at San Diego Chargers Detroit Lions at San Francisco 49ers Monday, Sept. 17 Denver Broncos at Atlanta Falcons The Shutdown Corner Week 2 Preview Podcast with Greg Cosell A few words of wisdom from Mr. Cosell: On the new Chicago Bears, and the NFL’s possible move back to more “conventional” offenses: “A couple of thoughts about the Bears, but also to take the Bears to a bit of a league trend. What you’re seeing with the Bears is the run game, the play-action pass game, the deeper drops, and the intermediate and vertical throws. So, you’re not seeing the ’shotgun, throw the four-yard pass’ and sustain offense that way; you’re seeing the running game help as the sustainer, and the passing game produce the big, explosive play. That was the way football used to be played, before the spread and those principles [came in]. Obviously, the spread still exists in the NFL, and a lot of teams do it very well. But I’m just wondering if you’re seeing a little more of that, and teams are being successful doing that. We saw the 49ers — obviously, Alex Smith doesn’t have the same arm talent as Jay Cutler, but that’s the way I think [Chicago offensive coordinator] Mike TIce would like his offense to be run. That was the offense he ran when he was the head coach at Minnesota. The passing game works off the running game.” On the New Orleans Saints’ defense, and how it reacted to Robert Griffin III: “What they faced with Washington — and they face Carolina this week, so they may see a lot of the same things — was the way the Redskins started with all the shotgun/Pistol/read option. This was all clearly planned. They had five wide receiver screens on the first series. So New Orleans’ linebackers — and by the way, Curtis Lofton and David Hawthorne didn’t play a lot in the preseason — were clearly reacting. They weren’t proactive at all, because there was so much backfield action going on, and everything was happening quickly. The Panthers could say, ‘You know what? Let’s see how they react this week to the same type of stuff.’” The Shutdown Corner Week 2 Preview Podcast with Greg Cosell
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DOVE VALLEY, Colo. — With just four opponents that had a losing record in 2011 on the schedule — and none of those foes popping up until the second half of the season — the Broncos have little chance for celebration, or even reflection, for the first few weeks of the season.
Champ’s counterpart Porter shows he’s no slouch (The SportsXchange)
There’s a lot of fairly priced talent in the Monday night showdown.
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Week 2 FanDuel salary cap selections (National Football Post)
By Rich Kurtzman Following their 31-19 win on Sunday night against the Pittsburgh Steelers, the Denver Broncos took Monday-Wednesday off. On Thursday, they re-took the practice field at Dove Valley, and a new face was there to greet them. Veteran center Dan Koppen, formerly of the New England Patriots, was signed by the Broncos on Monday. After starting for three years at Boston College, Koppen was drafted in the fifth round of the 2003 NFL Draft by New England and enjoyed his first two years with the team. Koppen started 15 games his rookie year and all 16 his second season, earning back-to-back Super Bowls with the Patriots. He helped them get to another one in 2007 by not allowing a single sack that season, and was named to his first and only Pro Bowl in 2008. He played so well in his tenure there, Koppen was named to the Patriots 2000s All-Decade team in 2010. But his career hasn’t been without injuries; the 33-year old missed seven games in 2005 with an injured shoulder and after fracturing his ankle in Week 1 last year, was placed on injured reserve. It means the center hasn’t played in nearly a year, and he comes into Denver as the backup to third-year man J.D. Walton. Walton’s started all 33 games he’s been with the Broncos, and the team said he would continue to start despite Koppen’s signing. Some find faults in Walton’s game, while others believe he’s a worthy starter in the NFL. Koppen is undoubtedly a top-notch starting center—at least he was one year ago—and while he’ll be a solid addition depth-wise, he may challenge for the starting job soon. Speaking of the offensive line, Chris Kuper continues to sit out of practice after fracturing his forearm on August 24 and still looks to be 2-3 weeks away from playing again. Kuper is the most veteran player on the Broncos’ young offensive line, and he was named a captain before the season began. In his place at right guard is six-year, career backup Manny Ramirez, who played well in his first game. Joining him on the sideline was nickel cornerback Chris Harris. Harris sprained an ankle in the fourth quarter of the Steelers game, but stayed in to finish the contest. The second-year man was wearing a boot around the Broncos practice facility and it’s unknown whether or not he’ll be able to play this Monday night against Atlanta. The Falcons have a strong receiving corps, including Julio Jones, Roddy White and tight end Tony Gonzalez. Jones scored two touchdowns last Sunday in Atlanta’s 40-24 blowout over the Chiefs, while Gonzalez scored one of his own. If Harris indeed can’t play, either Omar Bolden or Tony Carter will be asked to fill in during nickel situations. Even if Harris can play, this game will prove to be a tough test for the Denver defense with all the weapons the Falcons possess. For more Local Football Bloggers and the latest Broncos news, see CBS Sports Denver . Rich Kurtzman is a Denver native, Colorado State University alumnus, sports nerd, athletics enthusiast, and competition junkie. Currently writing for a multitude of websites while working on books, one on the history of the Denver Broncos and Mile High Stadium. Find more of Rich’s Denver Broncos pieces on Examiner.com .
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Dan Koppen Joins Denver Broncos In Practice Thursday
DENVER (CBS4) – One week down in the NFL and one team looks to be the class of the AFC West: the Denver Broncos. Denver hosted the Pittsburgh Steelers Sunday night and put on a show, winning 31-19. Peyton Manning was magnificent as the maestro of the Broncos offense, throwing for 253 yards and two touchdowns, connecting on 19-of-26 passes. Once he and Denver got into the no-huddle offense, it was curtains for the “Steel Curtain” defense, as the men in orange and blue marched down field repeatedly—four times for drives 51-yards or longer—completely controlling the pace of the contest. Denver was better than decent on defense as well, holding the Steelers’ traditional run-heavy offense to a mere 75 yards on the ground and consistently pressuring and frustrating Ben Roethlisberger. The Broncos sacked Roethlisberger five times on the night, and Denver cornerback Tracy Porter intercepted Pittsburgh’s QB to cap off the win. Following the victory, Porter was named AFC Defensive Player of the Week , due to his pick-six to end the game, and also his eight tackles and five passes defended. It was an all-around solid win against a very good Steelers team, the most impressive win in the AFC West in Week One. The San Diego Chargers were the only other West team to put one in the win column, beating their division rival Oakland Raiders Monday Night. Neither the Chargers nor the Raiders played a pretty game, and Oakland’s effort was particularly ugly. The Raiders’ long snapper Joe Condo was injured by his own player, taking a knee to the head during a tackle attempt, and had to leave the game. Oakland’s backup long snapper reportedly hardly ever practiced, and it showed as he bounced two balls off the turf and allowed a free Chargers’ rusher to come in a block a punt. In all, San Diego benefited from three botched punt attempts, getting great field position and turning the short field into scores. Still, the Chargers offense played poorly too, earning only 11 first downs in the contest to narrowly escape Oakland with the 22-14 win. In Kansas City, the Chiefs looked like chumps as the Atlanta Falcons burned them 40-24 in a loss at Arrowhead. The Falcons, led by quarterback Matt Ryan, were nearly unstoppable on offense as he went 23-for-31 for 299 yards and three touchdowns. Two of those scores went to second-year standout receiver Julio Jones, the other, to former Chiefs tight end Tony Gonzalez, who was booed as he performed his signature dunk over the goal post in KC. Kansas City did move the ball against Atlanta, actually out-gaining the Falcons 393-376 in total yards, but they couldn’t convert those yards into enough points to win. Chiefs QB Matt Cassel threw two interceptions that were turned into field goals, while his fumble deep in Falcons territory quickly became an Atlanta touchdown. While Kansas City hung in with Atlanta for most of the first half, they allowed 20 straight points and saw their chances of winning evaporate in the second half. This week, the Broncos (1-0) face the Falcons (1-0) in Atlanta on Monday in a game that’s sure to bring lots of offensive fireworks. San Diego (1-0) hosts Tennessee (0-1) who lost 34-13 to New England and Tom Brady last week. Kansas City (0-1) travels to Buffalo (0-1) to play a reeling Bills team coming off a 48-28 loss to the Jets in Week One. Also, Oakland (0-1) heads to Miami (0-1) in a matchup of possibly the two worst teams in the NFL. For more Local Football Bloggers and the latest Broncos news, see CBS Sports Denver . Rich Kurtzman is a Denver native, Colorado State University alumnus, sports nerd, athletics enthusiast, and competition junkie. Currently writing for a multitude of websites while working on books, one on the history of the Denver Broncos and Mile High Stadium. Find more of Rich’s Denver Broncos pieces on Examiner.com .
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AFC West Roundup: Denver Broncos Look To Be Best Out West Early
According to Gary Myers of the New York Daily News, Tim Tebow could be one and done with the New York Jets. Citing an NFL source (whatever that means in this particular case), Myers writes that Tebow will play the role of good soldier in 2012, but if he is not the starting quarterback for the Jets, and continues to serve in a limited role on offense (and special teams), he would likely request a trade to a team that will give him a chance to earn the starting quarterback job. “At the end of the year, I think he will express those concerns to the Jets. He will want to move on,” the source told Myers. “The one thing about Tebow is he is the quintessential team player. He would never do anything that is going to undermine the team. But he’s football-aholic. It’s in his blood… “Absolutely he will talk to the Jets or we will have misevaluated his competitive nature. There comes a point, where they get it and realize this is who I am and just accept that role. Tebow is not there yet.” Acquired from the Denver Broncos on March 22, Tebow was unable to unseat Mark Sanchez for the Jets’ starting quarterback job during the preseason and, despite being No. 1 in the media pecking order, is currently No. 2 on the depth chart. In his debut for Gang Green, Tebow played 10 snaps on offense and four snaps on special teams, gaining 11 yards on five rushing attempts and, in what was perhaps his largest contribution to Sunday’s 48-28 win over the Buffalo Bills, recovered an onside kick attempt after the Bills had cut the Jets’ lead to 13 points with just over six minutes remaining in the fourth quarter. Tebow’s contract could be an issue in a future trade. As former NFL front office executive and player agent Andrew Brandt reported in March, in order to finalize the trade with the Broncos, the Jets agreed to repay Denver $2.53 million of the salary advance that Tebow had received in 2010. The Jets are paying off $1.5 million of that amount this season, with another $1.03 million due next season. If/when Tebow asks for a trade, that $1.03 million plus a base salary of $2,586,875 in 2013 will make it very difficult for the Jets to get good value on a quarterback who, if a trade is requested, would not have been able to unseat Sanchez.
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Report: Tim Tebow could seek trade in 2013 offseason (Shutdown Corner)