DENVER (CBS4) – The Denver Broncos are rolling right now and wide receiver Brandon Stokley says the team needs to keep a level head amid the success. Even though the Broncos handled the Carolina Panthers, he says the offense could have played much better. “If you look at it, defense and special teams played great, but offensively we feel like they outplayed us,” Stokley said on Xfinity Monday Live! The offense definitely sputtered on third downs against the Panthers — something they hadn’t done the previous three games. But it’s nice to know that when one area of the team may be struggling, the others can pick them up. “That’s what it all about. If you want to make it to the playoffs and make it to the Super Bowl, you have to have a team,” he said. “That’s what we’re working towards and hopefully we’ll continue to improve and every week get better and better.” Broncos head coach John Fox formerly was the head coach for the Panthers. He played down his return to Charlotte, but the players wanted to make sure they got him a win. “Anytime you go to a place that you used to play at, it does mean a little bit more,” Stokley said. “That’s not going to say that you’re going to play harder or work any harder during the week, but afterwards, if you do win, it’s a little bit extra special. The defense stole the show against Carolina, and there’s no doubt about it — linebacker Von Miller was the star of the game, and Stokley is one of his biggest fans. He said he’s never seen a player dominate the trenches like Miller did in that game. “It was awesome to watch. I think he is running out of dances,” Stokley said with a laugh. “He was unblockable.” Another aspect of the Broncos success has been the play of the special teams, starting with returner Trindon Holliday. He’s had two returns for touchdowns in the last two weeks. And to think the Houston Texans released him. “He’s been special to us. Anytime you can have a guy in back-to-back games have touchdowns for you, it’s just such a momentum swing for you to not even have to go out on the field and you get seven points,” Stokley said. “Not even just touchdowns, but the 10-, 12-yard returns that he gets in the punt return game are big for an offense.” The Broncos worked Holliday in the backfield during the Panthers game and Manning threw a pass his way. Stokley said he hopes Holliday can fill that role for the team going forward. The Broncos play host to the San Diego Chargers on Sunday. Kickoff is at 2:25 p.m. on CBS4. – By Matthew J. Buettner, CBSDenver.com Watch more of the video with Brandon Stokley in the Xfinity Monday Live! section .
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Brandon Stokley Has Nothing But Praise For Von Miller, Trindon Holliday
The four sacks of Eli Manning and four turnovers caused by the Bengals defense made plenty of headlines, but the biggest stat to come out of Sunday’s 31-13 win over the Giants was how they held the receivers in check.
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Bengals keep Giants’ receivers in check (The SportsXchange)
The NFL has admitted its officials made errors in two game situations over the weekend,
NFL admits two errors by game officials (The SportsXchange)
Todd Haley will not be able to see one of his favorite players Monday night in Pittsburgh. Kansas City receiver Steve Breaston is a healthy scratch f…
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At least Jets fans now have a number to help get them through the rest of the season.
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Column: Playing Tebow not the right move for Jets (The Associated Press)
Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick may have played his last game of the season.
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NFL roundup: Vick may be done for the season (The SportsXchange)
D.J. Williams’ season is about to begin. He knows he will have to shake the rust, but he’s not worried about it or whatever role the Denver Broncos wi…
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D.J. Williams ready to help Broncos
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) – Returning to a defense that didn’t seem to miss him much, Broncos linebacker D.J. Williams is willing to do anything – even play special teams – to get back on the field after missing the first nine games of the season because of suspensions. The ninth-year veteran, a former first-round draft pick, became eligible to regain his spot on the Denver roster Monday after missing six games for violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancing drugs, then another three as the result of his second alcohol-related driving conviction. The Broncos are expected to put him back on the active roster later this week. Coach John Fox said his role will be determined after coaches see Williams practice. – By Eddie Pells, AP National Writer (© Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)
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D.J. Williams Back, Looks For Role With Broncos
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) – The Denver Broncos dodged a couple of big scares against the Carolina Panthers. An MRI on pass-rusher Elvis Dumervil ‘s left shoulder Monday showed no tear. Coach John Fox said Monday that the injury was a muscle strain, “so that was good news,” and the Broncos would know more when they return to practice Wednesday. It’s the same shoulder he strained last season, which sidelined him for two games and much of a third. The Broncos also were relieved about Peyton Manning ‘s close call. Manning’s left shoe got stuck into the grass and he landed awkwardly when he tried to slide after a 6-yard scramble in the second quarter of Denver’s 36-14 win at Carolina on Sunday. Concerned teammates gathered around him but he bounced right up, straightened out the brace and didn’t miss a beat. “He’ll probably get a little grief about that, but I think his knee brace got stuck,” Fox said Monday. “That’s what it looked like on tape. But that was a little awkward looking. I was glad to see him get back up quickly.” Manning also had a close call against New Orleans two weeks ago when he banged the tip of his right thumb, and not the knuckle, on a defender’s helmet. He had a sore thumb and cracked nail but didn’t miss any snaps or practice time. The Broncos were worried that Dumervil’s injury was more serious than it turned out. He went out in the second quarter after collecting two tackles and posted his fifth forced fumble of the season – most by a Denver defender since Simon Fletcher in 1992 – and didn’t return. “He would have had a monster game,” said safety Rahim Moore , adding how relieved he was to hear the MRI was negative: “That’s our captain, that’s our leader, that’s our playmaker.” The seventh-year veteran missed all of 2010 with a torn pectoral muscle, then came back last season and made the Pro Bowl with 9 1/2 sacks, all in the final nine games. Dumervil, who led the league with 17 sacks in 2009, has seven this season, teaming with Von Miller (10) to form the most productive pass-rushing duo in the NFL The Broncos still got after Cam Newton with Dumervil out of the game. Tackle Kevin Vickerson had two sacks to go with one each by Miller, safety Mike Adams (for a safety), cornerback Chris Harris and defensive end Robert Ayers , who replaced Dumervil. The seven sacks were the most in a game for Denver since Oct. 12, 2003, against Pittsburgh. “The way our defense has been playing, we haven’t felt too much pressure,” wide receiver Eric Decker said of the Broncos’ high-octane offense. “They’ve been playing really great during these four straight wins.” – By Arnie Stapleton, AP Sports Writer (© Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)
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Tests On Dumervil’s Shoulder Come Back Negative