<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - sports >> broncos]]> http://gazette.com/rss/sports/broncos Sun, 04 Dec 2016 03:20:46 -0700 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Woody Paige: The Denver Broncos beating the Jacksonville Jaguars is no sure thing]]> http://gazette.com/woody-paige-the-denver-broncos-beating-the-jacksonville-jaguars-is-no-sure-thing/article/1591545?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/woody-paige-the-denver-broncos-beating-the-jacksonville-jaguars-is-no-sure-thing/article/1591545?custom_click=rss

If he were alive Benjamin Franklin would submit that nothing is certain except death, taxes, Trump tweeting and the Broncos beating the Jaguars.

Every living soul on Earth is picking the Broncos over the Jaguars.

Yet, Scottish poet Robert Burns submitted that "there is no such uncertainty as a sure thing.''

I'm siding with Bard Bobby Burns.

I cannot twist my keyboard to go against Jacksonville winning the game.

Don't get cozy, comfy, cocky on Sunday morning at 11, Broncozealots.

Yes, the Jacksonville Jaguars are the Chicago Bears of the South. Coach Gus Bradley hasn't quite been Gen. Omar Bradley with a 14-45 record in his four seasons. Blake Bortles rhymes with chortles for a reason. The Jaguars



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Sat, 03 Dec 2016 23:22:11 -0700
<![CDATA[David Ramsey's report card for Broncos at Jaguars ]]> http://gazette.com/david-ramseys-report-card-for-broncos-at-jaguars/article/1591554?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/david-ramseys-report-card-for-broncos-at-jaguars/article/1591554?custom_click=rss

Offense - The Jaguars are weak when it comes to moving the ball. Jacksonville has scored only 75 points in its last four games, all losses, and has scored more than 23 points only once this season. Jacksonville might struggle to break double digits against the Broncos. Advantage - Broncos

Defense - But . the Jags are rugged and stingy when it comes to stopping the opposing offense. Led by defensive tackle Malik Jackson, the Jags rank fifth in overall NFL defense, two spots behind the Broncos. Advantage - Broncos (barely)

Special teams - Brandon McManus was given a huge opportunity in Sunday night's loss to the Chiefs, and he responded to Gary Kubiak's faith with one of the worst kicks of his career. The kick



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Sat, 03 Dec 2016 21:06:17 -0700
<![CDATA[Three with Ramsey: Broncos at Jaguars and... Give Lynch a chance]]> http://gazette.com/three-with-ramsey-broncos-at-jaguars-and...-give-lynch-a-chance/article/1591553?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/three-with-ramsey-broncos-at-jaguars-and...-give-lynch-a-chance/article/1591553?custom_click=rss

Malik is rich, really rich, but he's still angry

Malik Jackson should be stupendously happy. He lives in perpetual sunshine near the Atlantic Ocean. He's in the first season of a 6-year, $88.5-million contract with the Jaguars. He anchors Jacksonville's stingy, violent defense, which ranks fifth in the NFL, just two spots behind the Broncos. But Jackson, despite his riches, is upset with the Broncos for offering a mere $53 million (over five seasons) for his services. "That's the biggest thing I have to battle with, proving that I'm worth more than what they offered me and they shouldn't have let me go," Jackson said Wednesday. ". I'm a problem and you let this problem go so now you have to deal with me." It's ridiculous - beyond



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Sat, 03 Dec 2016 21:03:51 -0700
<![CDATA[Jags place WR Greene on IR, promote Wynn from practice squad]]> http://gazette.com/jags-place-wr-greene-on-ir-promote-wynn-from-practice-squad/article/feed/428218?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/jags-place-wr-greene-on-ir-promote-wynn-from-practice-squad/article/feed/428218?custom_click=rss JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The Jacksonville Jaguars have placed receiver Rashad Greene on injured reserve with an Achilles injury.

The Jaguars (2-9) promoted receiver Shane Wynn from the practice squad to the 53-man roster. Wynn gives Jacksonville five healthy receivers heading into Sunday's home game against Denver (7-4). Allen Hurns (hamstring) already has been ruled out against the Broncos, leaving Allen Robinson, Marqise Lee, Arrelious Been, Bryan Walters and now Wynn to handle the position.

The 5-foot-6 Wynn originally signed with Atlanta as an undrafted rookie free agent in 2015. He spent time with Cleveland, the New York Jets, San Diego and New Orleans last year before ending up in Jacksonville.

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]]> Sat, 03 Dec 2016 17:29:38 -0700 <![CDATA[Family Feud: Maras-Rooneys, better known as Giants-Steelers]]> http://gazette.com/family-feud-maras-rooneys-better-known-as-giants-steelers/article/feed/427625?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/family-feud-maras-rooneys-better-known-as-giants-steelers/article/feed/427625?custom_click=rss

The Giants vs. the Steelers. Or sometimes referred to as the Maras against the Rooneys for their family business roots.

They meet in a huge game Sunday in Pittsburgh that could clear some of the muddled playoff picture.

New York (8-3) is among the hottest teams in football with six straight victories. Not that it's helped the Giants move much closer to the Cowboys in the NFC East.

But the Giants are in control of the NFC wild-card picture, even if their victories haven't looked too pretty.

"We have everything right in front of us. We don't feel the need ... really inside of this locker room, we don't care about anyone's opinion," running back Rashad Jennings says. "Someone could put us best, someone could put us w

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]]> Sat, 03 Dec 2016 11:33:59 -0700 <![CDATA[Saints wary of Lions' penchant for performing in the clutch]]> http://gazette.com/saints-wary-of-lions-penchant-for-performing-in-the-clutch/article/feed/427633?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/saints-wary-of-lions-penchant-for-performing-in-the-clutch/article/feed/427633?custom_click=rss

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Saints coach Sean Payton has experienced clutch envy while studying the Lions this season.

It's got nothing to do with fashionable, hand-held bags, but everything to do with Detroit's repeated triumphs in close contests.

"Listen, I'm jealous," said Payton, whose team has lost five games by six or fewer points. "Obviously, to credit Detroit, they've been able to win those games and I think that there's a little bit of confidence, if you will, when that starts happening. You expect it to happen."

The Lions (7-4), who visit the Saints (5-6) on Sunday, lead the NFC North thanks to five victories by four or fewer points, including last week, when a late interception set up a winning field goal against Mi

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]]> Fri, 02 Dec 2016 19:43:39 -0700 <![CDATA[Jaguars trying to avoid another 10-loss season vs Broncos]]> http://gazette.com/jaguars-trying-to-avoid-another-10-loss-season-vs-broncos/article/feed/427631?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/jaguars-trying-to-avoid-another-10-loss-season-vs-broncos/article/feed/427631?custom_click=rss

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The Jacksonville Jaguars can reach another miserable milestone Sunday against Denver.

With a loss to the defending Super Bowl champion Broncos (7-4), the Jaguars (2-9) would become the fifth team in NFL history to post double-digit losses in six consecutive seasons.

It's a dubious distinction Jacksonville surely would rather avoid. To do that, though, the Jags need to win out. That seems like an ultra-long shot for a team that has lost six in a row and already secured its ninth consecutive non-winning season.

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]]> Fri, 02 Dec 2016 18:36:32 -0700 <![CDATA[Jaguars trying to avoid another 10-loss season vs Broncos]]> http://gazette.com/jaguars-trying-to-avoid-another-10-loss-season-vs-broncos/article/1591477?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/jaguars-trying-to-avoid-another-10-loss-season-vs-broncos/article/1591477?custom_click=rss

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The Jacksonville Jaguars can reach another miserable milestone Sunday against Denver.

With a loss to the defending Super Bowl champion Broncos (7-4), the Jaguars (2-9) would become the fifth team in NFL history to post double-digit losses in six consecutive seasons.

It's a dubious distinction Jacksonville surely would rather avoid. To do that, though, the Jags need to win out. That seems like an ultra-long shot for a team that has lost six in a row and already secured its ninth consecutive non-winning season.



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Fri, 02 Dec 2016 18:21:05 -0700
<![CDATA[Chiefs' Berry, Texans' Jackson fined $24K for helmet hits]]> http://gazette.com/chiefs-berry-texans-jackson-fined-24k-for-helmet-hits/article/feed/427994?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/chiefs-berry-texans-jackson-fined-24k-for-helmet-hits/article/feed/427994?custom_click=rss NEW YORK (AP) — Kansas City Chiefs safety Eric Berry and Houston Texans cornerback Kareem Jackson have each been fined $24,309 by the NFL for helmet-to-helmet hits last weekend.

Berry was docked Friday after he made direct contact with the helmet of Denver backup running back Kapri Bibbs in the first quarter of the Chiefs' 30-27 overtime victory last Sunday night. Bibbs left the game to be evaluated for a concussion, but later returned.

Jackson's hit on San Diego's Dontrelle Inman came in the fourth quarter of the Texans' 21-13 loss last Sunday and knocked the Chargers wide receiver's helmet off after a 25-yard reception.

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]]> Fri, 02 Dec 2016 17:13:38 -0700 <![CDATA[Broncos try to keep pace in AFC vs winless-at-home Jaguars]]> http://gazette.com/broncos-try-to-keep-pace-in-afc-vs-winless-at-home-jaguars/article/feed/427302?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/broncos-try-to-keep-pace-in-afc-vs-winless-at-home-jaguars/article/feed/427302?custom_click=rss DENVER (7-4) at JACKSONVILLE (2-9)

Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, CBS

OPENING LINE — Broncos by 4 ½

RECORD VS. SPREAD — Denver 7-4, Jacksonville 4-6-1

SERIES RECORD — Jaguars lead 6-5

LAST MEETING — Broncos beat Jaguars 35-19, Oct, 13. 2013

LAST WEEK — Broncos lost to Chiefs 30-27, OT; Jaguars lost to Lions 28-21

AP PRO32 RANKING — Broncos No. 6, Jaguars No.

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]]> Fri, 02 Dec 2016 17:10:42 -0700 <![CDATA[Broncos rule Trevor Siemian out against Jaguars]]> http://gazette.com/broncos-rule-trevor-siemian-out-against-jaguars/article/feed/427902?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/broncos-rule-trevor-siemian-out-against-jaguars/article/feed/427902?custom_click=rss

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — The Denver Broncos ruled out Trevor Siemian for Sunday's game at Jacksonville, meaning rookie Paxton Lynch will make his second start.

Siemian had hoped to return to practice Friday but the training staff put him right back in his walking boot and informed coach Gary Kubiak the second-year pro was a no-go against the Jaguars (2-9).

Lynch lost to Atlanta in Week 5.

The Broncos (7-4) are scrambling for a playoff spot after their loss to Kansas City in which Siemian threw for a career-best 368 yards with three TDs and no interceptions but was sacked five times.

The Broncos also promoted speedy punt returner Kalif Raymond from the practice squad with rookie fullback Andy Janovich going on inj

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]]> Fri, 02 Dec 2016 16:17:39 -0700 <![CDATA[Klee blog: Paxton Lynch to replace Trevor Siemian as Broncos QB]]> http://gazette.com/klee-blog-paxton-lynch-to-replace-trevor-siemian-as-broncos-qb/article/1591468?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/klee-blog-paxton-lynch-to-replace-trevor-siemian-as-broncos-qb/article/1591468?custom_click=rss

The Broncos' game Sunday at Jacksonville is more about Chris Harris Jr., Demaryius Thomas, Emmanuel Sanders, Von Miller, Aqib Talib, T.J. Ward, DeMarcus Ware.... well, you get the point.

The Broncos have too many star-caliber players to pin their playoff hopes on the shoulders of rookie quarterback Paxton Lynch, who will start against the Jaguars as Trevor Siemian nurses a foot injury. Broncos coach Gary Kubiak said at Dove Valley on Friday that Lynch will make his second career start.

The Broncos are cooked if they lose to the lowly Jaguars.

Pressure's on Paxton, right?

Not so fast.



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Fri, 02 Dec 2016 15:03:56 -0700
<![CDATA[Redskins, head of wild-card field, face troubled Cardinals]]> http://gazette.com/redskins-head-of-wild-card-field-face-troubled-cardinals/article/feed/427636?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/redskins-head-of-wild-card-field-face-troubled-cardinals/article/feed/427636?custom_click=rss

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The Washington Redskins come to the desert with their offense in high gear, just like the Arizona Cardinals' used to be.

On Sunday, Washington faces a troubled Cardinals squad languishing deep in the standings at 4-6-1.

Despite their 31-26 Thanksgiving Day loss to Dallas, the Redskins (6-4-1) lead the crowded competition for the NFC's No. 2 wild-card spot.

"We have a lot of different weapons on our team that can really contribute," Washington coach Jay Gruden said, "and our offensive line is doing an excellent job ... Our quarterback is more comfortable in the system, we're keeping him in favorable down and distances, and a lot of players are stepping up to make plays.

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]]> Fri, 02 Dec 2016 14:56:50 -0700 <![CDATA[Broncos' Marshall, Jaguars' Jackson eager to face ex-teams]]> http://gazette.com/broncos-marshall-jaguars-jackson-eager-to-face-ex-teams/article/feed/427922?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/broncos-marshall-jaguars-jackson-eager-to-face-ex-teams/article/feed/427922?custom_click=rss

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Malik Jackson sees the Broncos' visit to Jacksonville this weekend as a chance to prove to his former team he's worth the $90 million contract the Jaguars gave him after he rejected Denver's $53 million offer.

"They shouldn't have let me go," Jackson said. "That's my whole premise in going out there is letting them know I'm a problem and you let this problem go and now you have to deal with me."

Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall knows just how he feels.

"I've been looking forward to this game for a long time," Marshall said of his first chance to play against the team that drafted him in 2012 only to doubt him and dismiss him, cutting him on three separate occasions.

"This game means a

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]]> Fri, 02 Dec 2016 14:31:05 -0700 <![CDATA[Ex-Broncos tight end Julius Thomas doubtful Sunday for Jaguars]]> http://gazette.com/ex-broncos-tight-end-julius-thomas-doubtful-sunday-for-jaguars/article/1591455?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ex-broncos-tight-end-julius-thomas-doubtful-sunday-for-jaguars/article/1591455?custom_click=rss

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The Jacksonville Jaguars will be without two offensive starters Sunday against Denver and maybe a third.

Coach Gus Bradley ruled out running back Chris Ivory (hamstring) and receiver Allen Hurns (hamstring) on Friday. He also listed tight end Julius Thomas (back) as doubtful to play against the defending Super Bowl champion Broncos (7-4).

Receiver Rashad Greene (Achilles tendon) and defensive end Jared Odrick (shoulder) also are out, leaving the Jaguars (2-9) with four healthy receivers heading into the game. Allen Robinson and Marqise Lee will start, with Arrelious Benn and Bryan Walters serving as backups.

Without Ivory, T.J. Yeldon is expected to handle the bulk of the carries.



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Fri, 02 Dec 2016 11:54:09 -0700
<![CDATA[Clowney shows how it's done, sort of]]> http://gazette.com/clowney-shows-how-its-done-sort-of/article/feed/427840?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/clowney-shows-how-its-done-sort-of/article/feed/427840?custom_click=rss

Jadeveon Clowney attended the opening of a new Houston Texans teen club at a Houston Boys and Girls Club this week.

During the visit he joined a room of teenage girls and a couple of Texans cheerleaders to do a few yoga poses. It was clear that the hulking defensive end should probably stick to his day job as Clowney struggled with balance on most of the poses he attempted, drawing giggles from everyone in the room.

The top overall pick in the 2014 draft seemed proud of his effort, even though it was clearly subpar.

"I do it in the offseason a little bit, so I had to go in there and show them what to do," he said. "I had to show them a little bit."

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]]> Fri, 02 Dec 2016 11:32:42 -0700 <![CDATA[Jaguars rule out RB Ivory, WR Hurns; TE Thomas doubtful]]> http://gazette.com/jaguars-rule-out-rb-ivory-wr-hurns-te-thomas-doubtful/article/feed/427823?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/jaguars-rule-out-rb-ivory-wr-hurns-te-thomas-doubtful/article/feed/427823?custom_click=rss JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The Jacksonville Jaguars will be without two offensive starters Sunday against Denver and maybe a third.

Coach Gus Bradley ruled out running back Chris Ivory (hamstring) and receiver Allen Hurns (hamstring) on Friday. He also listed tight end Julius Thomas (back) as doubtful to play against the defending Super Bowl champion Broncos (7-4).

Receiver Rashad Greene (Achilles tendon) and defensive end Jared Odrick (shoulder) also are out, leaving the Jaguars (2-9) with four healthy receivers heading into the game. Allen Robinson and Marqise Lee will start, with Arrelious Benn and Bryan Walters serving as backups.

Without Ivory, T.J. Yeldon is expected to handle the bulk of the carries.

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]]> Fri, 02 Dec 2016 10:55:09 -0700 <![CDATA[NFL lets players show off creativity, cleats, causes]]> http://gazette.com/nfl-lets-players-show-off-creativity-cleats-causes/article/feed/427674?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/nfl-lets-players-show-off-creativity-cleats-causes/article/feed/427674?custom_click=rss

DENVER (AP) — Players wearing calico cleats during NFL games this weekend won't have to worry about the league's fashion police flagging them for fines over their choice of footwear.

More than 500 players will lace up customized cleats reflecting their charitable causes during Week 13 as part of the league's "My Cleats, My Cause" campaign. Afterward, the stylish shoes will be auctioned to raise money for those charities.

"One of the great NFL traditions is how our players passionately support important causes in their communities and around the globe every year," NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said.

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]]> Fri, 02 Dec 2016 02:05:15 -0700 <![CDATA[Colts try to keep pace in AFC South on MNF vs. woeful Jets]]> http://gazette.com/colts-try-to-keep-pace-in-afc-south-on-mnf-vs.-woeful-jets/article/feed/427632?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colts-try-to-keep-pace-in-afc-south-on-mnf-vs.-woeful-jets/article/feed/427632?custom_click=rss

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — The AFC South is up for grabs and the Indianapolis Colts are hanging in despite an up-and-down season.

The playoff run begins now for Andrew Luck and Co., with a game Monday night against the lowly New York Jets, who are simply playing out the string in a disappointing season.

Not that the Colts (5-6) are taking the Jets (3-8) lightly. They can't afford to, not with Houston (6-5) and Tennessee (6-6) ahead of them in the standings entering this weekend.

"This isn't a deal where you sit there and hope and pray that something else happens," Colts coach Chuck Pagano said. "You have to control what you can control and we can control how we handle ourselves. ...

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]]> Thu, 01 Dec 2016 23:06:10 -0700 <![CDATA[Chiefs' opportunistic defense to test high-scoring Falcons]]> http://gazette.com/chiefs-opportunistic-defense-to-test-high-scoring-falcons/article/feed/427634?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/chiefs-opportunistic-defense-to-test-high-scoring-falcons/article/feed/427634?custom_click=rss

ATLANTA (AP) — The Kansas City Chiefs and Atlanta Falcons have found different ways to win despite ranking near the bottom of the league in yards allowed.

Those winning formulas will be tested when the two teams currently on pace for the playoffs meet Sunday.

The Chiefs (8-3) rank 28th in total defense but lead the NFL with 24 takeaways and a plus-14 turnover differential. The Falcons (7-4) rank 27th in total defense but lead the NFL with 32.5 points per game — a franchise-record pace.

"You could argue that they're the best in the league right now," said Chiefs coach Andy Reid of the Atlanta offense.

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]]> Thu, 01 Dec 2016 23:04:51 -0700 <![CDATA[Pats banged up as Brady chases wins record against Rams]]> http://gazette.com/pats-banged-up-as-brady-chases-wins-record-against-rams/article/feed/427635?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/pats-banged-up-as-brady-chases-wins-record-against-rams/article/feed/427635?custom_click=rss

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — If Tom Brady becomes the NFL's all-time winningest quarterback on Sunday, he will do it without the guy who's been on the receiving end of most of his touchdown passes.

The Patriots (9-2) will be without tight end Rob Gronkowski this week when they host the struggling Los Angeles Rams (4-7) in their final regular-season matchup with an NFC opponent.

Gronkowski was slated to undergo surgery for a herniated disk in his back this week, a person with knowledge of the details told The Associated Press. He will likely to be out for eight weeks or more, putting his return for this season in jeopardy.

The Super Bowl is Feb. 5 in Houston, should the Patriots get that far.

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]]> Thu, 01 Dec 2016 23:03:03 -0700 <![CDATA[Broncos special teams were spectacularly bad]]> http://gazette.com/broncos-special-teams-were-spectacularly-bad/article/1591415?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/broncos-special-teams-were-spectacularly-bad/article/1591415?custom_click=rss

ENGLEWOOD — One game, Denver special teams coordinator Joe DeCamillis is getting a game ball from coach Gary Kubiak in a jubilant locker room after a blocked extra point led to the first defensive 2-point game-winner in NFL history.

The next, he's wincing as the Broncos muff two punts, allow an 86-yard touchdown return and line up wrong on a field goal, giving the Chiefs a do-over they turn into a touchdown, a four-point gaffe in a gut-wrenching three-point loss.

"It's the worst game I've ever been a part of special teams-wise," DeCamillis said Thursday in his first public comments since the Broncos' 30-27 overtime loss to Kansas City on Sunday night.

"It was tough to go through.



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Thu, 01 Dec 2016 19:38:15 -0700
<![CDATA[Broncos FB Andy Janovich has surgery on ankle, will go on IR]]> http://gazette.com/broncos-fb-andy-janovich-has-surgery-on-ankle-will-go-on-ir/article/1591288?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/broncos-fb-andy-janovich-has-surgery-on-ankle-will-go-on-ir/article/1591288?custom_click=rss

The Broncos entered last Sunday’s loss against the Chiefs the healthiest they’ve been since the start of the season. They left with multiple injuries to key contributors, including fullback Andy Janovich.

Coach Gary Kubiak said Janovich underwent surgery on his ankle Tuesday and will be placed on injured reserve, ending his season early as the Broncos continue their playoff push. The fullback injured his foot on the first play of the game Sunday, when he caught a short pass from quarterback Trevor Siemian for a loss of one yard. He played through the pain for the remainder of the game for a total of 32 offensive snaps (38 percent) and eight special-teams snaps (19 percent).



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Wed, 30 Nov 2016 14:23:06 -0700
<![CDATA[Klee blog: Broncos QB Trevor Siemian out with injury, according to report]]> http://gazette.com/klee-blog-broncos-qb-trevor-siemian-out-with-injury-according-to-report/article/1591282?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/klee-blog-broncos-qb-trevor-siemian-out-with-injury-according-to-report/article/1591282?custom_click=rss

Who brought the black cat to Dove Valley?

A few days after the Broncos blew a late lead and an overtime loss to the Kansas City Chiefs put their AFC West title aspirations on life support, the quarterback who enjoyed his best game of the season missed practice.

Trevor Siemian did not practice on Wednesday due to a foot injury, according to a report from Mike Klis of Denver's 9News. The extent of the injury was uncertain. Siemian and coach Gary Kubiak are scheduled to speak to media Wednesday afternoon after the team's practice session.

Siemian's 368 passing yards and three touchdowns — against no interceptions — marked his finest day as a pro.



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Wed, 30 Nov 2016 13:06:57 -0700
<![CDATA[Woody Paige: Analytics reveal Broncos' field-goal attempt to be worst choice]]> http://gazette.com/woody-paige-analytics-reveal-broncos-field-goal-attempt-to-be-worst-choice/article/1591225?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/woody-paige-analytics-reveal-broncos-field-goal-attempt-to-be-worst-choice/article/1591225?custom_click=rss

During a timeout Sunday as 68 seconds remained in overtime with the game tied, and the Broncos were confronting fourth-and-10 at the Chiefs' 44-yard line, coach Gary Kubiak deliberated three options:

- Kick a field goal.

- Punt.

- Go for a first down.

He made the wrong decision.

The 62-yard kick was no good.

The three most prominent members of the organization - John Elway, Von Miller and Kubiak - asserted that the field-goal attempt was the right call.

"We're in this game to WIN. Although everyone's disappointed, we played hard and went down swinging!!!," Elway tweeted.

"Are we going to play for a tie, or are we trying to win the game? I'm 100 percent behind Kube right there," Von Miller



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Wed, 30 Nov 2016 08:32:34 -0700
<![CDATA[Paul Klee: Classless shove by Aqib Talib also shows Broncos aren't done yet]]> http://gazette.com/paul-klee-classless-shove-by-aqib-talib-also-shows-broncos-arent-done-yet/article/1591144?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/paul-klee-classless-shove-by-aqib-talib-also-shows-broncos-arent-done-yet/article/1591144?custom_click=rss

ENGLEWOOD - Take the lowest low of your career. You're so far down in the dumps a ladder and Coast Guard rescue chopper couldn't yank you into a safe place.

Now envision it going down in front of 76,000 fans and another 17 million folks swearing your name at home on TV. Ouch. When Jordan Norwood muffed a punt in the second quarter of the Broncos' 30-27 overtime loss to the Chiefs, he felt the humiliation of a poor sap on a Southwest Airlines commercial: Wanna get away?

What happened next wasn't pretty. Don't show the kids. But while the episode was a lesson in how to not lift up a teammate, it also showed why it's way too early to wave the white flag and call this Broncos season a wrap: Aqib Talib let loose with a primal



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Tue, 29 Nov 2016 09:11:11 -0700
<![CDATA[Nobody's second-guessing Kubiak at Broncos HQ]]> http://gazette.com/nobodys-second-guessing-kubiak-at-broncos-hq/article/1591164?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/nobodys-second-guessing-kubiak-at-broncos-hq/article/1591164?custom_click=rss

ENGLEWOOD — Nobody at Broncos headquarters is second-guessing Gary Kubiak's ill-fated decision to try a 62-yard field goal even though Brandon McManus's miss gave the Chiefs a short field to win it as overtime expired.

Not the coach himself.

Not his players.

Not even his boss.

"We're in this game to WIN," general manager John Elway tweeted Monday. "Although everyone's disappointed, we played hard and went down swinging!!!!"

Kubiak said he would have been conceding a tie at best had he opted to pin the Chiefs deep with a punt instead.

While that would have been difficult to take, at least it would have benefited the Broncos (7-4) in the standings, however.



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Tue, 29 Nov 2016 08:04:52 -0700
<![CDATA[David Ramsey: QB Trevor Siemian can lead Denver Broncos late-season revival]]> http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-qb-trevor-siemian-can-lead-denver-broncos-late-season-revival/article/1591090?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-qb-trevor-siemian-can-lead-denver-broncos-late-season-revival/article/1591090?custom_click=rss

DENVER - For three quarters, Trevor Siemian was plodding along. He declined to take risks. He failed to deliver thrills.

Ah, but then the fourth quarter arrived.

Siemian was average for three quarters, but magnificent when it mattered most, throwing for two fourth-quarter scores.

Feeling depressed about the way the Broncos turned a virtually certain win into a painful defeat? I understand your pain. With three minutes left in regulation, the Chiefs were down by eight and needed to march 75 yards for a touchdown, and 2-point conversion, to tie the game.

The Chiefs did the required marching, turning a Colorado celebration into a jolt of agony.

A victory was virtually required for the Broncos.



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Mon, 28 Nov 2016 11:36:45 -0700
<![CDATA[NFL playoff chase: Broncos fall out after loss to Chiefs]]> http://gazette.com/nfl-playoff-chase-broncos-fall-out-after-loss-to-chiefs/article/1591105?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/nfl-playoff-chase-broncos-fall-out-after-loss-to-chiefs/article/1591105?custom_click=rss

The Denver Broncos' 30-27 overtime loss to Kansas City on Sunday night pushed the Broncos to third in the AFC West and out of the playoffs - if they were to start this week.

Here's how the playoff race looks after Week 12 in the NFL:

AFC
1, New England Patriots (9-2) - AFC East leader. (Best conference record gives them top seed over Raiders.)
2, Oakland Raiders (9-2) - AFC West leader.
3, Baltimore Ravens (6-5) - AFC North leader.
4, Houston Texans (6-5) - AFC South leader.
5, Kansas City Chiefs (8-3) - Wild card No. 1.
6, Miami Dolphins (7-4) - Wild card No. 2. (Miami is in because of better conference record than Broncos).

NFC
1, Dallas Cowboys (10-1) - NFC East



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Mon, 28 Nov 2016 08:21:57 -0700
<![CDATA[Paul Klee: Denver Broncos beat themselves in wild loss to Kansas City Chiefs]]> http://gazette.com/paul-klee-denver-broncos-beat-themselves-in-wild-loss-to-kansas-city-chiefs/article/1591091?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/paul-klee-denver-broncos-beat-themselves-in-wild-loss-to-kansas-city-chiefs/article/1591091?custom_click=rss

DENVER - This was the Broncos' opportunity to send out a smoke signal to the AFC West that the division is theirs until someone takes it away. Instead, they kicked it away.

Broncos coach Gary Kubiak made a risky decision to attempt a 62-yard field goal with less than 1 minute left in overtime against Kansas City. But the coach played to win, not to tie, and that kind of hubris is something that folks who have competed can appreciate.

The Chiefs won 30-27 Sunday night when Cairo Santos clanged a 34-yard field goal off the left upright in overtime. Another way to put it is the Broncos beat themselves.

"We did everything we possibly could to lose the game," Von Miller said. "And guess what? We lost.



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