• It’s not difficult to land on the Houston Texans as the muscle in the AFC right now, but they’ve got a little something I call the Northwestern Wyoming A&T problem — they haven’t played anybody. They’re like a big-time college program in that they’ve had two daisies on the schedule early, so sure, they look great, but I’m curious to see what happens when they have to shut down someone not named Gabbert or Tannehill. • The decision for the second spot was between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Denver Broncos, and the Broncos beat the Steelers, so the Broncos should get it, right? Not that simple. For one thing, I’m the kind of maverick that doesn’t play by the rules. Second, I loved Pittsburgh’s effort against the New York Jets on Sunday. On offense, they were efficient and smothering, holding the Jets defense down with a pillow over their face. Defensively, they stonewalled Shonn Greene and squeezed the life out of Mark Sanchez (fine, so those aren’t great examples of offensive thoroughbreds), and they did this without Troy Polamalu and James Harrison.
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The absurdly premature 2012 playoff picture: Week 2 (Shutdown Corner)
So Peyton Manning throws three interceptions in his first three drives against the Atlanta Falcons and suddenly half of the group on the Denver Broncos bandwagon wants to jump off. Fine with me. Leaves me more room to stretch my legs. If you want to look at Manning’s terrible first quarter performance and say that he’s not the same quarterback as before, that’s a valid opinion. Just don’t claim that his interceptions had anything to do with any physical deficiency or lack of arm strength.
Peyton Manning’s Arm Strength Not an Issue: Fan’s Take (Yahoo! Contributor Network)
Peyton Manning had a very rough day at the office on Monday night. I’m quite sure that he and the rest of the Denver Broncos have learned more than a few lessons in the past 24 hours since the game against the Atlanta Falcons. One of the lessons I really want him to learn is how to incorporate the running game better into offensive drives.
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Peyton Manning Should Learn a Great Broncos Running Game Can Be His New Best Friend: Fan’s Take (Yahoo! Contributor Network)
A look at the Week 2 AFC West Total QBR leaders: 1. Philip Rivers, San Diego Total QBR: 84.7 Weekly ranking: 5 Comment: Rivers is playing nearly f…
QBR: Rivers has big week
Through the first two weeks of the 2012 National Football League season, the NFC South has seen one team excel while the other three have been inconsistent. Last week, the Atlanta Falcons were ranked as the top team in the division, while the Carolina Panthers were ranked fourth. The Falcons stayed at the top, but where does the rest of the division rank heading into week 3?
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Ranking the NFC South Through Two Weeks; Falcons Soaring: Fan’s Take (Yahoo! Contributor Network)
UT-San Diego reports the Chargers did not sign cornerback Chris Carr after a workout Tuesday. I could see Oakland showing interest. The Raiders are lo…
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AFC West roster movement
With the large amount of talk about Matt Ryan emulating Peyton Manning when he was drafted by the Atlanta Falcons, it was about time they had a prime time meeting. It could almost be likened to a meeting between student and teacher and in this case, the student helped lead his team to a 27-21 victory. With the win, the Falcons improved to 2-0, while the Denver Broncos dropped to 1-1. Who were the three stars for the Falcons in their victory?
Atlanta Falcons Beat Denver Broncos 27-21: Fan’s Take (Yahoo! Contributor Network)
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — Atlanta Falcons coach Mike Smith had plenty of concerns following his team’s late-night victory over Denver.
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Turner’s DUI, other injuries concern Falcons (The Associated Press)
Falcons running back Michael Turner was charged with DUI in early Tuesday, hours after helping Atlanta to a victory over the Denver Broncos on Monday Night Football.
NFL roundup: Falcons’ Turner charged with DUI (The SportsXchange)
NEW YORK (AP) — An efficient Alex Smith and a rock-solid defense have the San Francisco 49ers on top of the AP Pro32 power rankings.
49ers take top spot in AP Pro32 power rankings (The Associated Press)