In the middle of the game Sunday night between the Broncos and New Orleans Saints is Jennifer Gase. She is the daughter of Saints interim head coach Joe Vitt and the husband of Broncos quarterback coach Adam Gase.
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Family affair for Saints’ Vitt, Broncos’ Gase
Despite a 3-3 record built on more than a little drama, an argument could be made the Broncos exited their bye week as an island of calm in the storm of the AFC West.
Broncos exit bye week calm, focused
We’re approaching the midpoint of the season, and the games keep getting closer and the NFL’s middle class keeps getting bigger. Perhaps we’ll see a little separation in Week Eight — here are the top 15 story lines for this week’s action:
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Week Eight primer: Falcons-Eagles a game in contrasts (Pro Football Weekly)
The song remains the same at the very top and very bottom of NFL power rankings, while teams such as the Baltimore Ravens and Detroit Lions are humming a much different tune. Eli Manning kept the Giants in the top five of this week’s list, and the Texans again proved that they are the best team in the AFC. A big win over Baltimore wasn’t enough, however, to propel Houston ahead of multiple NFC teams.
2012 Week 8 NFL Power Rankings (Yahoo! Contributor Network)
NEW YORK (AP) — Being the NFL’s only unbeaten team has its perks – at least this week.
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Falcons, Giants 1-2 in AP Pro32 power rankings (The Associated Press)
Here are PFW’s Week Eight defensive rankings:San Francisco 49ers at CardinalsChicago Bears vs. PanthersGreen Bay Packers vs. JaguarsMiami Dolphins at JetsSeattle Seahawks at LionsMinnesota Vikings vs. BuccaneersAtlanta Falcons at EaglesNew York Jets vs. DolphinsNew England Patriots at RamsNew York Giants at CowboysDallas Cowboys vs. GiantsPittsburgh Steelers vs. RedskinsOakland Raiders at ChiefsSan Diego Chargers at BrownsKansas City Chiefs vs. RaidersCleveland Browns vs. ChargersArizona Cardinals vs. 49ersDetroit Lions vs. SeahawksCarolina Panthers at BearsPhiladelphia Eagles vs. …
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Week Eight defensive rankings (Pro Football Weekly)
DENVER (CBS4) – It was a career game for two young Broncos defensive backs as Tony Carter and Chris Harris both had two turnovers in last week’s game against the San Diego Chargers. Carter, who has been with the Broncos since 2009, and Harris in his second season with the team, said on Xfinity Monday Live! that they feed off each other when one of them is playing well. “We talk about it all the time during practice,” Carter said. “We’ve got to make big plays, we’re underdogs, so that’s what we try to do.” Carter and Harris got their chance to play more because starting cornerback Tracy Porter was out because of an illness. But Harris said despite their excellent play against the Chargers, Porter is still the starter. “Pretty much it goes back to how it was. We will continue to be ready if anything ever happens again to Champ (Bailey) or Tracy and be able to step up,” Harris said. But Harris said he knew he would play well when he got his chance. “I definitely expect to come out and make plays every game,” Harris said. “It’s definitely the same for Tony. That’s how we practice every day.” Carter said having Champ Bailey to learn from has helped both him and Harris become better players. “He just gives us confidence. He lets us know every day, ‘You guys can play, you’re in this league.’ And he teaches us how to be a professional,” Carter said. “He’s been doing it for a long time, so we look up to him and listen to every word that he says.” The NFL is investigating the Chargers after officials found a sticky substance in a towel that an equipment manager brought onto the field during a timeout in the game. Sticky substances are banned in NFL games. In the past they had been used by receivers to get a better chance to catch a pass. Carter and Harris said they didn’t notice anything during the game. “It just seemed like it was normal,” Harris said. “We don’t really pay attention to that.” “Like Chris said, we didn’t notice anything that was going on,” Carter said. “We’ll let the league do their job. We just go out and try to play.” The Broncos defensive backfield will have its hands full again when Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints come to Denver for Sunday Night Football. Kickoff is at 6:20 p.m. – By Matthew J. Buettner, CBSDenver.com Watch more of the video with Carter and Harris in the Xfinity Monday Live! section .
Tony Carter, Chris Harris Feed Off Each Other When Playing Well
I continue to be intrigued by the volume of RB talent that’s seemingly readily available in fantasy leagues. The injury to the Jaguars’ Maurice Jones-Drew reminds us that it’s never a bad idea to have as much quality insurance behind your top running backs as possible. Owners might want to do a quick waiver-wire check this week as they review their backup plans at the position.
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Value of Lions’ Young, Broyles on the rise (Pro Football Weekly)
The Football Outsiders think a lot of the Denver Broncos. In an Insider piece, they peg the Broncos as the AFC’s highest-rated team and believe the …
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Are Broncos AFC’s best team?