Originally written on BroncoTalk  |  Last updated 11/10/14
As Week 8 of the NFL season approaches, the Denver Broncos (3-3) are preparing to face the New Orleans Saints (2-4) in Denver, Colorado.  Here are five notes for your consideration going into the game —  (1) Cornerback Tracy Porter unofficially ruled out for mid-season showdown. Our thoughts and prayers are with cornerback Tracy Porter, who has been experiencing medical issues.  Per the team — Prior to the team’s Week 6 game in San Diego, he experienced symptoms similar to those he felt in August when had what was diagnosed by the team’s medical staff as a seizure. He stayed behind in Denver and was held out of the game. Porter practiced on a limited basis on Thursday and Friday and is officially listed as “questionable” on Denver’s injury report.  It appears more likely however that Porter will not suit up for the game.  While waiting to be cleared to play again by the Broncos’ medical staff, Porter recently thanks fans via Twitter for their words of encouragement. Reports that the team was/is considering trading Porter were unfounded and false.  The team is evaluating his health situation with Porter’s best interest in mind. (Image courtesy of Stuart Zaas/Denver Broncos) (2) It could be a cold game this weekend. Per AccuWeather, there’s a chance of morning snow this morning with a low of 38° on Sunday (RealFeel® 33°) and a high of 57°.  In his career, quarterback Peyton Manning has gone 292-of-453 (64.5%) for 3,553 yards and 23 scores against 14 interceptions when playing in games 40° and below. (3) Manning vs. Brees a classic QB showdown.  It doesn’t have the appeal of Manning vs. Brady, but Manning vs. Brees has some historic background as well, per SI’s Peter King — Drew Brees-Peyton Manning V, Sunday night in Denver … certainly a place neither man ever thought they’d meet for maybe the last time of professional careers likely to end, for both, in Canton. The personal series is tied at two. Manning beat Brees the Charger in 2004, and then Brees walked into the RCA Dome in his third-to-last game as a Charger, when the Colts were 13-0 in 2005 … and beat the mistake-prone Manning 26-17. The Colts waxed the defenseless Saints 41-10 on opening day 2007. And, of course, their last meeting: the Super Bowl three seasons ago. Saints up by seven, fourth quarter, Colts driving inexorably to tie, Manning throws and Tracy Porter steps in front of Reggie Wayne for the pick heard round the world. Super Bowl MVP Brees was 32-of-39 that day. [...] [...] That Brees and Peyton will meet for perhaps the last time is a matter of schedule (because AFC teams meet NFC teams once every four years) and age (Brees is 33 and Manning 36). So this is not only for playoff relevance — the Saints are trying to battle back in the NFC playoff race at 2-4, winners of two in a row, and the Broncos, 3-3 and coming off their bye — but it’s for the personal championship in the best-of-five playoff series between two great Super Bowl winners. (5) Pro Bowl voting is now open — Manning, Miller top Broncos candidates. Fan voting for the 2013 NFL All-Star Game is now open on NFL.com.  Seven Denver Broncos, most notable quarterback Peyton Manning and outside linebacker Von Miller, appear poised to emerge as Pro Bowl candidates.  Miller, who made the trip to Hawaii following his Defensive Rookie of the Year campaign, is on pace to record 16 sacks this season.  Meanwhile, Manning is on an historic stretch: Over the past three weeks, Manning has thrown for 300+ yards, three touchdowns and completed 70% of his attempts, marking the first time in NFL history a quarterback has accomplished all three feats in three consecutive games.  Undoubtedly, Peyton Manning is back. The 2013 Pro Bowl will be played on Jan. 27, 2013 and televised live on NBC at 5 p.m. (MST).  The Broncos were represented by six players in Hawaii last time around and have twenty-seven players on the ballot this year.  Be sure to vote early and often! (6) Miscellaneous game notes. Denver’s showdown with New Orleans on NBC’s Sunday Night Football will mark the 13th consecutive week dating to last season that the team will have their game broadcast by a TV network’s No. 1 crew.  Al Michaels (play-by-play) and Cris Collinsworth (color commentary) will call the game with Michele Tafoya reporting from the sidelines. The Broncos and Saints have faced off nine times, with the Broncos owning a 7-2 record in those games.  Kickoff is scheduled for 6:20 p.m. (MT). Check back tomorrow night as we cover the game via LiveBlog, Facebook, and Twitter.  See you at kickoff!

Cam Newton calls out 'classless' Panthers fans

Report: 49ers to part ways with Harbaugh after season finale

Brad Stevens shoots down rumors he's headed to Hoosiers

Jameis Winston cleared in code of conduct case

Sherman: Patrick Peterson would be benched on Seahawks

Fans struck by lightning after Buccaneers-Packers game


Report: Philip Rivers playing through painful back injury

Report: Bears could have interest in Jim Harbaugh

Report: Shanahan interested in coaching next season

Report: Michigan has its eye on several NFL coaches

Report: Titans, Jay Cutler have mutual interest in trade

Phillies GM told Ryan Howard team is better off without him

10 takeaways from NFL Week 16

Tony Romo leads Dallas Cowboys to NFC East title

Ole Miss QB arrested after fighting, threatening bouncers

WATCH: Marshawn Lynch's ridiculous TD run

WATCH: Steelers' Gay draws flag for taunting teammate

WATCH: Three players ejected after Giants-Rams fight

WATCH: Dominic Raiola stomps on Bears player's ankle

WATCH: Arian Foster throws TD pass, drops scoreboard taunt

WATCH: Johnny Manziel leaves with injury after taking big hit

NHL has warned 22 players about diving

Nick Mangold wears NYDP hat to honor fallen officers

Five things we learned from the first day of bowl games

NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.

10 takeaways from NFL Week 16

Cam Newton calls out 'classless' Panthers fans

Raiola stomps on Bears player's ankle

Bears interested in Jim Harbaugh?

Shanahan to return to 2015?

Browns interested in drafting Mariota?

Mullen wears funny Christmas sweater

RG3 returning to Redskins?

Tom Izzo hot after bad loss

Kings, Nets talking Deron Williams trade

WATCH: DeSean mocks Eagles

Vick: Winston is the future of the NFL

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.