- Chargers-Broncos…Early season showdown…Broncos (5-1)…Bolts (5-2)…Shootout Peyton Manning-Philip Rivers-matching lst and 3rd ranked QBs against each other…Manning (1848Y-19TD-3Int-68%-118QBR)..
- Broncos averaging (394YPG)…Chargers (360YPG)….Denver only 4-turnovers in 6-games.
- Denver WRs averaging 12.4YPC…Demariyus Thomas (12.4)….Em Sanders (13.5)…Julius Thomas (10.9)..Wes Welker (10.0).
- Chargers-Malcom Floyd (20)…Eddie Royal (15)…LeDarius Green (14)….Antonio Gates (13)…Bolts 60-Plays-Plus 10Y…15-Plays-Plus 20Y.
- Red Zone stats…San Diego 14TD-56% conversion rate….Denver 17TD-79% conversion rate.
- Denver defense giving up (316YPG)…Broncos have 21QBX-Von Miller (8) DeMarcus Ware (5)..Opposing QBs complete just 58% throws..37%-3rd down conversion rate
- Chargers defense ranked 5th in league against easier schedule.
- Keys to game-Can San Diego blitz package fluster Manning…Will Manning go no huddle to wear down very thin San Diego defense…Can Chargers protect Rivers against Broncos strong pass rush…Can San Diego secondary hold up against 4-WRs-2 TEs and RBs-who catch passes?
- My pick: Denver 38-24..San Diego not enough defense.
- Seahawks..Deny RB-Marshawn Lynch refused to get on team bus last week after learning of trade of WR-Percy Harvin.
- Redskins..QB-Robert Griffin III goes thru full workout-but not ready to start next Monday against Dallas.
- Patriots..CB-Darrelle Revis barred from team meeting-workout after reporting late to camp on Tuesday.
- Texans..QBs Ryan Fitzpatrick-Ryan Mallett split lst string snaps in practice.
- Bears..Coach Marc Trestmann cutting back on Jay Cutler’s freedom to audible at line of scrimmage.
- Browns..Coach Mike Pettine admits 3-RB rotation not working with Ben Tate-Ike Crowell-Terrance West.
- Colts..LB-Eric Walden fined 27,000 for shoving official last weekend.
- Dolphins..LB-Dion Jordan practices after 2-drug suspensions-big question-organization trust of him.
- Titans…Rookie QB-Zack Mettenberger takes lst team snaps..Jake Locker-limited with wrist..Charley Whitehurst demoted-poor play.
– Injuries –
- Seahawks..S-Kam Chancellor-miss workouts-ankle.
- Bills..Place RB-CJ Spiller on 8W-IR-collarbone surgery.
- Cowboys..CB-Brandon Carr..LB-Bruce Carter..DE-DeMarcus Lawrence return to practice from injuries.
- Chiefs..RB-Jamal Charles did go thru concussion protocol-was cleared to continue playing vs San Diego.
- Vikings..Coach Mike Zimmer undergoes 2nd kidney stone procedure in a week.
- North Carolina…Releases details of massive academic scandal over 11Y-period…3,000 students-including 1100 athletes…took part in 188-bogus independent study classes-never attended a class…wrote 1-term paper…everyone got A’s-B’s….9-athletic department employees and academic advisors fired…all courses were in African-American studies.
- Georgia…Has asked NCAA to reinstate RB-Todd Gurley-paid back 400-dollars for selling autographs.
- World Series…Royals-W-Giants (7-2)…Kansas City erupts for 5R in 6th inning to tie the series at 1-game apiece…Sal Perez hit a 2-run double…Omar Infante crushed at 2-run HR in 6th to propel KC to the win….Royals flamethrower Ace Ventura was dominant-outdueling veteran Jake Peavy into the 6th inning.,,Series shifts back to San Francisco for Friday–Saturday–Sundaygames.
- World Series..Game 1-TV ratings (8-Rating)…2nd lowest in history of baseball…KCity did 48-rating..San Francisco 29-rating.
- Padres..Fire Phil Plantier as hitting coach…Team batting average (.226)…Friars last in virtually every hitting department…shutout 19X….Scored 2-runs or less in 61 of 162-games….6th hitting coach to be axed in 10-years…Plantier offered a job within organization. .
- Dodgers…Ex-Padres GM-Josh Byrnes with Stan Kasten-scouting trip-Arizona Fall League.
- Mets..Interview ex-Yankees hitting coach Kevin Long.
- Rangers..New Manager Jeff Bannister holds 12 hour meeting with front office to evaluate roster-organization.
- Dodgers..P-Dan Haren-surgery on left shoulder for bursa sack problem.
- Phillies…Sign P-Jerome Williams to extension for 2015.
- NBA Owners…Refuse to pass newly structured Draft lottery plan…Would have give top 4-teams equal chance to get lst round pick…NBA upset with team’s ripping rosters apart at trade deadline and intentionally tanking.
- Lakers..Release-Jeremy Tyler-6’11-F…San Diego high school star who bypassed college…been cut by 5-teams now.
- NYKnicks…NBC analyst Jeff Van Gundy on Phil Jackson’s arrival as GM…”Don’t win because of triangle..win because of Michael Jordan-Kobe Bryant etc.”
- Ducks-W-Buffalo Sabres….Ryan Keslar-Corey Perry score early…Ducks go to (6-1) on season.
- LA Kings-host-Buffalo tonite
- Maple Leafs-Senators game in Ottawa cancelled after shootings on Parliament Hill kill solider standing guard at Canadian Tomb of Unknown soldier….Gunmen killed in fire fight in main hallway….more than 50-shots fired….Gunmen was from Montreal with history of arrests in Quebec-British Columbia…Prime Minister was in conference rooms just off main hallway when shooting started.
- Kings..Agent for Slava Voynov says player never hit girlfriend in domestic abuse case-she fell running-badly hurt.
- Capitals..Surgery-John Erskine-D-neck issues.
- Sabres…Goalie Clint Malarchuk-new book-detailing mental illness…”prayed to God-save me or take me-after failed attempted suicide attempt”…Meds have saved life of depression.