Broncos refuse to be intimidated

Twice this season, the Broncos have found themselves doing a little trash talking during pregame warm-ups

First, the Broncos shouted a bit at Oakland. Last week, many players from both Denver and San Diego had a confrontation.

These Broncos won't be intimidated, something that could be handy before their next game at Baltimore. Although coach Josh McDaniels stopped short of saying he supported the pregame extracurricular activity, he didn't mind it.

"That's football," McDaniels said. "It's the AFC West. We're not supposed to like the Raiders. We're not supposed to like the Chargers. We're not supposed to like the Chiefs."

The Broncos used that swagger to go out and beat the Chargers, a team that had dominated Denver recently.

Although some Chargers were upset, McDaniels claimed San Diego was invading his team's space. And he also didn't think anything was going to happen, aside from some posturing.

"I wasn't concerned some big brouhaha was going to unfold," McDaniels said. "I don't find a whole lot of harm in it, other than when the official comes over and yells at me, which he did."

PLAYER/PERSONNEL NOTES

--WR Brandon Stokley played a big role for the first time in a few weeks, as the third receiver. The Broncos will use Stokley when they feel the matchup is in their favor.

--RB Correll Buckhalter didn't show any ill effects from an ankle injury in his return to the lineup in Week 6. With another week to rest, Buckhalter will be close to 100 percent after the bye.

--RT Ryan Harris is quietly having another fine season for the Broncos' stellar line. He gets overshadowed by Ryan Clady, the left tackle, but Harris is a premier pass protector and a good run blocker on the right side.

--DT Ronald Fields has played a lot early in the season, so the bye week will help him rest. The Broncos need Marcus Thomas to continue to play well in relief to give their big nose tackle breaks on run plays.

--CB Alphonso Smith has been solid as Denver's nickel cornerback. The rookie came in with high expectations but hasn't made many big plays yet. Those could come if he continues to get opportunities.



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