Nevada Rules Daily Fantasy Is Gambling

This shouldn’t be a surprise to anybody who has discussed the subject here.

Nevada is just a single (small) state, and daily fantasy sites will still make gobs of money without it. But Nevada certainly wields outsized influence in matters of gambling, and this is an especially unwelcome time for this ruling considering that both the FBI and the Department of Justice have opened probes into the legality of daily fantasy.

As some might say, we’ve only just begun.

PFF: Broncos Defensive Line Best In NFL

Pro Football Focus ranked the Broncos defensive line the best in the NFL.

That shouldn’t be surprising to anyone here. But it’s worth noting that the Broncos have faced three of PFF’s top 10 D-lines (granted, one could argue putting the New York Jets on the list instead of Minnesota) and will face another one after the Broncos’ bye.

So while it’s true the offensive line has its issues, let’s not forget in the first five weeks of the season, the Broncos have had to face three defenses with great talent up front.

Did Tony Carter File A Grievance Against The Broncos?

Earlier today, Jason Fitzgerald at Over The Cap notified me of a salary cap charge that the Broncos incurred today. In doing the math and looking at some team history that I’ll explain beyond the fold, the best guess as to what this cap charge is all about is that former Bronco Tony Carter may have filed a grievance against the team. Continue reading Did Tony Carter File A Grievance Against The Broncos?

Midweek Musings: Browns Best Chance To Get Run Game Going

Whenever we talk about the Denver Broncos meeting up with the Cleveland Browns, there’s one thing that never gets old: Reminiscing about this and this.

Of course, that was a long time ago and, as much as we pick on Marty Schottenheimer, I don’t think there’s a Browns fan out there who wouldn’t welcome back those days of Martyball, because at least the Browns got to the playoffs. This version of the Browns has brought more disappointment than hope.

This seems like another season in which Browns fans are getting flickers of hope, and that’s because there is talent on this team. It just happens that the weak links on the team stand out badly and make it difficult for the Browns to beat other teams.
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Patriots Lose OT Nate Solder For Season

Solder is a Denver native and University of Colorado graduate, FWIW.

The Patriots have been rotating offensive linemen throughout the season, but now they will be without one of their best linemen.

I’m sure guys like Von Miller and DeMarcus Ware aren’t upset about this development, though. Hehehe.

Broncos Make Backup TE Switch

The Broncos website has a brief writeup here.

Most likely, the Broncos brought in Gordon because he can play fullback. Given that Gordon is younger than James Casey (who they released this past weekend), the Broncos might believe Gordon might be worth looking at for the long term.

It remains to be seen if Henry will be added to the practice squad, but the Broncos would have to make a spot available.

The Not So Scientific Power Rankings: Week 5

Here we go again with another edition of the Not So Scientific Power Rankings. For those who missed last week’s rankings, you can go here for the explanation.

Week 5 is usually the week you find out which teams really stand out above the rest, which teams are not going to the playoffs and which teams we may have overrated or underestimated prior to the season. The rankings I have, while not perfect, do reflect some of those factors, I believe.
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Peyton Manning breaks combined NFL passing yards record

I didn’t hear any mention of this during the broadcast but Peyton Manning has achieved another historic milestone:

In Sunday’s win against the Raiders, the Broncos quarterback took the NFL’s No. 1 spot in combined regular season and playoff passing yards with 77,725. He surpassed Brett Favre’s mark of 77,693.

Peyton also inched closer to the more high profile regular season mark:

Given his current average of 246.8 passing yards a game this year, Manning should surpass Favre’s regular-season mark at home in Week 10 against Kansas City.

There is a good chance we are witnessing Peyton’s swan song this year. If so, let’s be happy the Broncos have constructed a strong team to send him out on a winning note. Fivethirtyeight.com gives the Broncos a 94% chance to make the playoffs so it looks like Peyton, the Broncos and the rest of us will have at least one more ride.