If you spend a great deal of time watching and picking NFL football games, you inevitably will see things you never dreamed you would see. As a watched the Chicago Bears dismantle my Carolina Panthers in only eight seconds, I literally felt our season going down the tubes. Once again we will have to be spoilers. Much like my beloved Panthers, I have had a sub-par season picking football games. I still have a respectable record of 69-49, but that is far from where I am usually at for the season. Last week was another so-so week at 9-5 and I won’t be catching up at that rate. …
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2012 Week Nine NFL Picks and Predictions: One Fan’s Predictions (Yahoo! Contributor Network)
DENVER (CBS4) – When Jack Del Rio came to the Denver Broncos to be the defensive coordinator in the offseason, one of his orders of business was to get defensive tackle Kevin Vickerson to bulk up, and Vickerson didn’t disappoint. A year ago Vickerson weighed in at 285 pounds. This year he’s a robust 327 pounds and clogging up the line of scrimmage. But that didn’t mean he was just eating everything in sight. “For the most part I try to stick to a strict diet and stick to a routine and just make my body flourish in the right way,” Vickerson said on Xfinity Monday Live! The Broncos are coming off their second blowout win — this time against Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints. But unlike the San Diego Chargers game where the Broncos had to come from behind and dominate in the second half, the Broncos got off to a quick start and didn’t look back. Vickerson said it was all about laying out a good plan. “They’re a passing team, they’re a good passing team,” he said. “We had a good day against them. Not to take away from them … they’ve got a good offense, but I think the attitude and the way we play on defense; the way the offense is getting the ball back … we can do some good things if we click like that.” The defense had a great level of intensity in the game and it seemed to start and end with linebacker Wesley Woodyard, who had 13 tackles, a sack, forced a fumble, and an interception. “He played with a lot of emotion,” Vickerson said. “Wesley is a good player and he’s always to the ball, he’s on me every day just messing with me and saying little jokes. We push each other to get better.” The Broncos held the Saints’ running game to only 50 yards, which is a testament to Vickerson’s role on the defensive line. “I just try to be dominant in the middle, make my presence be felt some kind of way,” he said. “Whatever they ask me to do; I’m just trying to be that player that is willing to do whatever it takes to win the game.” After the touchdown pass from Peyton Manning to Demaryius Thomas in the corner of the end zone, Thomas was about ready to perform a premeditated celebration with Eric Decker where Decker would pass the ball for an alley-oop over the crossbar. But Brandon Stokley came by and broke up the attempt because the Broncos could have been penalized and possibly fined. “I’m like the dad, you know, they didn’t tell their dad what they were doing, so I was a little disappointed,” Stokley said, laughing. “I couldn’t let them do that. I knew we were going to get 15 yards and they probably would have got fined, so they probably owe me some money.” “He looked out for us, he didn’t want us to get fined,” Thomas said. Vickerson explained the reason they would be fined is because the NFL doesn’t allow more than one player involved in a celebration. Vickerson said he plans to dress up as rapper Suge Knight for Halloween, but after the fun it’s back to business as the Broncos travel to Cincinnati to take on the Bengals this Sunday. Kickoff is at 11 a.m. on CBS4. – By Matthew J. Buettner, CBSDenver.com Watch more of the video with Kevin Vickerson in the Xfinity Monday Live! section .
Gaining Weight Pays Off For Defensive Tackle Kevin Vickerson
Catching up on the happenings in the AFC West after a travel day: Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Brady Quinn did not practice Monday in preparation o…
Brady Quinn not practicing yet
Several media outlets are reporting that the NFL has announced it is moving its trade deadline a second time to Thursday at 4 p.m. ET because of Hurricane Sandy.
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NFL roundup: Hurricane alters trade deadline, team practices (The SportsXchange)
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — The Denver Broncos are relieved Peyton Manning wasn’t seriously injured on a hard hit by New Orleans Saints defensive end Martez Wilson.
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Surprising Colts growing up faster than expected (The Associated Press)
DENVER (CBS4/AP) – Linebacker Joe Mays is likely out for the season after suffering a serious injury to his lower left leg in the Denver Broncos’ 34-14 win over the New Orleans Saints. “He did have a fracture in his fibula of the left ankle. We’ll evaluate and move from there depending on what we decide to do with the roster spot,” coach John Fox said Monday. Mays was injured while blocking for punt returner Trindon Holliday in the fourth quarter Sunday night when a Saints player inadvertently leg-whipped him, and he had to be helped off the field. Mays has had a rough season since signing a three-year, $12 million deal in the offseason. He was suspended for a game and docked $50,000 for an illegal hit on Houston QB Matt Schaub and lost his starting middle linebacker job two weeks ago to veteran Keith Brooking . That relegated Mays, who was making $4.5 million this season, to special teams duty. “We all know that injuries are a big part of this game. You hate to lose a warrior, a guy that we all were counting on. He’s been a very big part of this football team. I spoke to him last night after the game and told him to keep his head up,” Brooking said on Monday. “My third year in the NFL, I had a lisfranc injury. I was put on IR and missed 11 games. It was a very tough time for me. The first serious injury I’d ever had, really the first time I’ve missed significant time playing football, period, and I haven’t missed a game since. The main things are for him just to keep his head up, keep fighting, believing and don’t allow us to get him down. More than anything, it’s just motivation for him to come back even better than he was before.” The Broncos could promote Mike Mohamed from their practice squad to take Mays’ roster spot. They’ll also get D.J. Williams back from his second suspension in a couple of weeks. The team’s leading tackler in four of the last five seasons, Williams is serving an NFL-mandated three-game ban over his August conviction for driving while ability impaired. This is on top of the six-game suspension he completed for violating the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancing substances. He’s eligible to return for the Broncos’ game Nov. 18 against San Diego. Fox said it’s unlikely Mays will return this season. “More than likely not, just because of what’s left in the season,” he said. Teammate Wesley Woodyard said Mays will definitely be missed. “Things won’t be the same without having him out there, his presence, his leadership and his ability to go out there and make plays,” he said. (TM and © Copyright 2012 CBS Radio Inc. and its relevant subsidiaries. CBS RADIO and EYE Logo TM and Copyright 2011 CBS Broadcasting Inc. Used under license. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)
Mays Likely Out For Season After Breaking Leg
Peyton Manning counts himself fortunate. Consider his team furious.
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Denver Broncos may have NFL look at Martez Wilson’s hit on Peyton Manning
MIAMI (Reuters) – It was one of the most engaging stories of last year’s NFL season – ‘Tebow Time’, the thrilling fourth quarter comebacks led by the unorthodox Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow. One year on from the start of that exciting and unlikely series of games Tebow finds himself on the sideline for the struggling New York Jets, used very occasionally as a receiver. …
"Tebow Time" still served mainly on the sidelines (Reuters)
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