September 2012 - Denver Broncos Wiretap

Manning Leads Broncos To 37-6 Win Over Raiders (+14.0 TC, +33 TRC)

Sep 30, 2012 8:49 PM

The Denver Broncos beat the Oakland Raiders at home for the first time since 2008, taking a deciding 37-6 victory.

The Broncos had a +14.0 advantage in The Trench Counter, completely dominating all aspects of the game. The Broncos had a +33 edge in Total Rushes/Completions.

Peyton Manning was impressive, going 30-for-38 for 338 yards and three touchdowns. Manning was offset by an effective ground game with Willis McGahee rushing 19 times for 112 yards and a touchdown.

The Raiders went 1-for-12 on third down, as they were unable to sustain their drives beyond two Sebastian Janikowski field goals, the latter one moving the score to 10-6 at halftime.

Caron Palmer went 19-for-34 for 202 yards, while Darren McFadden was limited to just 2.6 yards per carry on 13 attempts.

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Tags: Denver Broncos, Oakland Raiders, Game Recap

Scout: Peyton Manning Can't Throw Anymore

Sep 24, 2012 4:27 PM

Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos are 1-2 and he has an 85.6 passer rating.

Manning has a career 94.7 rating and hasn't had a rating below 90.0 since 2002.

"Peyton Manning can't throw the ball anymore," said one veteran NFL scout. 

Albert Breer/ (via Twitter)

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Texans Stay Undefeated, Beat Broncos 31-25 (+7.8 TC, +4 TRC)

Sep 24, 2012 1:35 PM

The Houston Texans defeated the Denver Broncos by a final score of 31-25 to remain undefeated.

The Texans had a +7.8 advantage in The Trench Counter, as they averaged 6.7 yards per play against 4.9 for the Broncos. Houston had a +4 edge in Total Rushes/Completions.

Matt Schaub was excellent for the Texans, going 17-for-30 for 290 yards, four touchdowns and an interception. Andre Johnson, Kevin Walter, Owen Daniels and Arian Foster each caught a touchdown pass.

Foster rushed 25 times for 105 yards, while Ben Tate added 26 yards on eight carries.

Peyton Manning went 26-for-52 for 330 yards with two touchdowns.

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Tags: Houston Texans, Denver Broncos, Game Recap

Falcons Pick Off Manning Three Times In 27-21 Win (+7.2 TC, +1 TRC)

Sep 18, 2012 1:23 AM

The Atlanta Falcons defeated the Denver Broncos by the final score of 27-21 in a game that was more about Peyton Manning's three first quarter interceptions and frustrating referees than it was the passing game of Matt Ryan, Roddy White and Tony Gonzalez.

The Falcons finished with a +7.2 advantage in The Trench Counter, averaging fewer yards per play but winning the turnover battle +4. Atlanta had just a +1 edge in Total Rushes/Completions.

Ryan went 24-for-36 for 219 yards and two touchdowns, connecting with White and Gonzalez for a touchdown apiece and 15 completions overall. Ryan threw his 100th career touchdown pass in ghte game.

Manning recovered from his three early interceptions to finish 24-for-37 for 241 yards.

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Ryan Throws 100th Career TD In Falcons Win

Sep 18, 2012 12:49 AM

Matt Ryan threw his 100th career touchdown pass, and the Falcons beat the Broncos and Peyton Manning 27-21 on Monday night.

The Falcons took advantage of three Manning interceptions to improve their early-season record to 2-0.


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How Football Outsiders' Projections Changed After Week 1

Sep 11, 2012 5:29 PM

The Denver Broncos had the best DVOA in Week 1 as they defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers, followed by the Baltimore Ravens over the Cincinnati Bengals and New England Patriots over the Tennessee Titans.

Football Outsiders also has a stat calle DAVE, which stands for DVOA Adjusted for Variation Early. After Week 1, DAVE accounts for 90 percent and the current VOA counts for 10 percent.

The Patriots rank first in DAVE at 41.0%, followed by the Falcons, Packers, Bears and Ravens. 

Here are the full rankings for DAVE with the preseason DVOA ranking in parentheses: 

1. Patriots (1)
2. Falcons (3)
3. Packers (2)
4. Bears (6)
5. Ravens (7)
6. Jets (8)
7. Broncos (11)
8. Saints (5)
9. Steelers (4)
10. Texans (13)
11. Eagles (12)
12. Cowboys (14)
13. Panthers (10)
14. Giants (9)
15. Buccaneers (22)
16. Lions (21)
17. Chiefs (15)
18. 49ers (23)
19. Chargers (19)
20. Bills (16)
21. Titans (17)
22. Redskins (20)
23. Raiders (24)
24. Bengals (18)
25. Vikings (29)
26. Seahawks (28)
27. Jaguars (26)
28. Dolphins (25)
29. Colts (27)
30. Cardinals (30)
31. Browns (31)
32. Rams (32)

Aaron Schatz/Football Outsiders

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Ty Warren Likely Out For Season After Re-Tearing Triceps

Sep 10, 2012 4:32 PM

Ty Warren suffered a re-tear of the triceps he tore last season and is likely done for the season.

Warren signed with the Denver Broncos in 2011 after being a member of the New England Patriots since 2003.

Mike Kils/Denver Post

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Manning's Return Draws Highest Ever NBC Rating For Regular Season

Sep 10, 2012 12:13 PM

Peyton Manning's return from injury and debut with the Denver Broncos against the Pittsburgh Steelers drew an overnight rating of 18.0, the highest rating for any prime time regular season game ever on NBC.

The previous best was a 17.7 rating in 2010 for a rematch between the Saints and the Vikings of the previous season's NFC Championship.

Ratings were up eight percent from last season's game between the Cowboys and Jets.

Michael David Smith/Pro Football Talk

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Manning Returns Victorious, Denver Beats Steelers 31-19 (+10.0 TC)

Sep 10, 2012 1:29 AM

Peyton Manning looked like his pre-2010 self as the Denver Broncos defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers by a final score of 31-19.

The Broncos had a +10.0 advantage in the Trench Counter, averaging 6.1 yards per play against 4.0 for the Steelers.

Manning went threw for 253 yards and two touchdowns on 19-for-26 passing. 

Demarius Thomas caught five balls for 110 yards, including a 71-yard touchdown.

Ben Roethlisberger went 22-for-40 for 245 yards, two touchdowns and a costly pick-six to Tracy Porter at the two-minute warning in the fourth quarter.

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Steelers To Start Isaac Redman At RB

Sep 9, 2012 10:34 AM

The Pittsburgh Steelers will start Isaac Redman at running back in Week 1 at the Denver Broncos.

Rashard Mendenhall is ahead of schedule in his recovery from a torn ACL, but is not yet ready.

Josina Anderson/ESPN

Tags: Pittsburgh Steelers, Denver Broncos, Fantasy, Injury

Team-By-Team Cap Space As 2012 NFL Season Begins
Trent Baalke and the 49ers have the least amount of cap space in the NFL.

Mike Florio/Pro Football Talk

NFL Teams Phasing Out Traditional Playbooks For iPads
The NFL is phasing out old-fashioned playbooks by putting everything on iPads, even video cut-up with 14 teams doing so in 2012.

Arnie Stapleton/AP

Jaworski Sees Peyton Manning Return To Prime In Reviewing Preseason
The effectiveness of Peyton Manning returning to the NFL after multiple neck surgeries is one of the NFL's biggest questions entering the season.

Ron Jaworski/ESPN

Peyton Manning's Jersey Banned By Denver-Area School District
The district has banned jerseys with the No. 18 for several years because it could represent the city's 18th Street gang.

Jeremy P. Meyer/Denver Post

Risdon's NFL Picks For Week 1
Breaking down the Packers/49ers, Broncos/Steelers and Ravens/Bengals along with the other weekend games and the debuts of the rookie quarterbacks.

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Patriots, Packers, Falcons, Steelers Have Best DVOA Projections
The Patriots have a 25.2% chance of winning the Super Bowl, while the Packers have a 15.1% chance.

Aaron Schatz/Football Outsiders