CBS will host the NFL Honors this evening in a two-hour TV special beginning at 7pm MST.
The honors presented will be: Coach of the Year, Offensive Player of the Year, Offensive Rookie of the Year, Defensive Player of the year, Fantasy Player of the Year, Coach of the Year, Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year, Comeback Player of the Year, Never Say Never Moment of the Year, FedEx Air and Ground players of the Year, Greatness on the Road Award, Play of the Year, Salute to Service Award, Defensive Player of the Year and ... yes ... AP Most Valuable Player.
Broncos Country is holding its collective breath. Will Peyton Manning be the first Bronco named MVP since Terrell Davis in 1998?
Manning seems to be the favorite, but Adrian Peterson can't possibly be far behind. It would not be shocking to see Purple Jesus pull this one out. That would be just one more kick in the face for Broncos fans who, after seeing their team secure the top seed in the AFC, practically assumed that it would be in tomorrow's Super Bowl.
"Perhaps it’s because, in his heart, he will always be a Colt. He was drafted by the Colts. He played in Indy forever. The stadium there is even referred to as “the house that Peyton built”. All Manning has built in Denver is expectations, expectations that he failed to live up to in the biggest game we’ve hosted here since the 1990’s"
"The contrast between the Ravens of the North and the Broncos of the West is as stark as the varying leadership styles of their Generals. The Baltimore approach is intimidation; the Broncos are more tactical than that"
Let's face it. The Kansas City Chiefs are awful. Between Matt Cassell, Brady Quinn and Ricky Stanzy, KC doesn't have even half a quarterback and, aside from Jamaal Charles, they've got no legitimate weapons on the offensive side of the ball. They have one hell of a punter, though. He will be plenty busy on Sunday.
The Broncos are going to walk all over the Chiefs in their last regular season tilt at Mile High. The game has virtually no chance of being close. So...will we be Brockin' on Sunday?
Peyton Manning told Mike Klis that we won't be. He claims that he will play the entire game. Back in Indianapolis, however, it was common to see Manning's back ups take over late in meaningless games. It would be surprising if the Broncos don't spell him if they jump out to a big lead against KC.
Broncos Country has been clamoring to see the rookie Brock Osweiler get some game action. Maybe Sunday will be the day. Once it's clear that the game is in hand, and that Denver has secured a much-needed playoff bye, it would be senseless for John Fox not to insist that his aging MVP take a rest.
With all of the exceptional rookie quarterback play in the NFL this season we would like to get a chance to see how Osweiler measures up. Naturally, all Broncos fans hope that Peyton Manning has several good seasons left, but Osweiler is the future. We would like to get a look.
The Denver Broncos have squirreled away their second AFC West Championship in a row with four games yet to play in the in the 2012 regular season. They're winning almost predictably. It's everything we can ask for, so why are we bored?
There's plenty at stake for the Broncos when they face Tampa Bay this afternoon. A win isn't crucial as far as their simply making the playoffs is concerned, but it certainly could be in terms of their playoff positioning.
Here's how I see this one going down.
Despite the Broncos success this season, plenty of critics still hammer Elway and Co for their handling of the 2012 draft. One critic, in particular, opened up a can of it on them in a piece published today at Mile High Sports' web site.
He made some valid points, but there's every chance he was dead wrong.
For those about to Brock, this post's for you.
The Broncos defeated the Bengals on the road Sunday. We haven't heard much about them since.
There was an election.
Marijuana's legal now.
The Nuggets season is underway (they beat Houston in Houston!)
The Rockies named Walt Weiss their next manager.
There's been a lot going on. A lot to keep the Denver Sports media spinning. Still, it's a little bit surprising how little breaking down of the Broncos upcoming match-up with the Carolina Panthers, John Fox's former team, there's been. There hasn't been very much post-Bengals coverage, either. Considering how well things are coming together for the Broncos, they've garnered precious little attention this week.
That worm is beginning to turn. With Sunday's game inching closer and NFL week ten getting started tonight with Colts / Jags, the relative silence surrounding the Broncos is bound to dissipate. The focus will start to turn towards John Fox's homecoming.
Carolina may batch up better with the Broncos than we think. Denver hasn't been overly impressive against the run this season. Carolina has an incredible backfield. While they've failed to properly utilize Jonathon Stewart and Deangelo Williams this season, it's not too late for the Panthers to start. Besides those two premium runners, QB Cam Newton is capable some impressive scampering.
The Panthers may have a trap waiting for the Broncos.
Hopefully, the Broncos have been more tuned in than we have this week. What seems like a cake-walk on paper might not be. John Fox might want to show the folks back home that he's a better coach than his 2-12 record his last year in Carolina would indicate, but Panthers head man, Ron Rivera has a thing or two to prove also. Cam Newton, who's drawn more than his fair share of criticism recently, also wants to show people that he's the right man for the job.
The Carolina Panthers have plenty of motivation entering week ten. But the Broncos have Peyton Manning. Hopefully that'll be enough.