The way his big brother tells it, Jim Harbaugh never minded the regular moves every few years for his father’s football coaching jobs because he needed a change in towns to find fresh surroundings and make new friends given how quickly he ran them off. Fast forward about four decades and Harbaugh is in the fourth year of his $25 million, five-year contract coaching the San Francisco 49ers, and the relationship might be wearing thin despite success on the field. Harbaugh carries on amid speculation he is grating on everyone from his players to the front office and could be on his way out. Not that Harbaugh pays much attention to the constant, weekly scuttlebutt. View full post on Yahoo Sports – NFL – San Francisco 49ers News

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Since the NFL is already carving “Denver Broncos” into this season’s Lombardi Trophy, there’s probably no use in checking the Super Bowl odds almost halfway through the season. But let’s do so anyway, for kicks. It’s hard to figure out who the second-best team in the NFL is. Which means that there should be value in the Super Bowl odds, just in case the Broncos blow it in the playoffs again (I know, hard to imagine). Here are the odds for every semi-legitimate contender (the Raiders are 3000-to-1, if you feel like setting your money on fire), from Bovada via OddsShark.com , before Thursday’s game:  Denver Broncos, 3-to-1 Again, this was before Thursday’s game. It’s not good value to take any team in Week 8 at 3-to-1 to win the Super Bowl, no matter how far Denver is ahead of the rest of the NFL. Green Bay Packers, 8-to-1 Interesting that the Packers are the second favorite. Considering that if the season ended today, they wouldn’t even be NFC North champs. Dallas Cowboys, 9-to-1 I do believe the Cowboys are good. I do also believe you’re never getting good odds on anything relating to the Cowboys. I don’t know if they’re America’s Team, but they are Las Vegas’ Team. Seattle Seahawks, 9-to-1 Hmm. Two weeks ago, you’d have jumped all over this. And i think by the end of the year this will look like a steal. Indianapolis Colts, 12-to-1 Our second AFC favorite. With that easy schedule, could they steal the No. 1 seed? Maybe. Could Andrew Luck pull off a colossal upset even if it’s in Denver? Sure. If you believe Peyton Manning will choke in January, this looks pretty good. New England Patriots, 12-to-1 Injuries piling up, but I wouldn’t blame you if you liked this. San Diego Chargers 12-to-1 I like the Chargers well enough but I’m not feeling it. Not sure how they get past the other three AFC teams already listed. San Francisco 49ers, 14-to-1 The argument for it: Aldon Smith, NaVorro Bowman, Patrick Willis will all be back soon. Philadelphia Eagles, 16-to-1 If you’re asking me who the second-best team in the NFL is right now, the Eagles are my answer . So yeah, I like this. Baltimore Ravens, 18-to-1 Pass. Arizona Cardinals, 20-to-1 Nah. Detroit Lions, 28-to-1 They’re technically in first in the NFC North, thanks to the tiebreaker (for now) against the Packers. They’ve gotten almost nothing out of Calvin Johnson yet. the defense is pretty nasty. Yeah, it’s still the Lions, but 28-to-1? That’ll go down, and soon. After the Eagles, this seems like the best number on the board. Cincinnati Bengals and New Orleans Saints, 33-to-1 We’ll lump them both together because this is the cutoff for making any remote case for a Super Bowl contender. And right now it’s a stretch for the Bengals. But consider that the Saints are 2-4. First place in the NFC South is 3-3-1 Carolina. It’s not like they’re dead. And I’m not saying the Saints are gonna roll through the playoffs if they get in, but I do know you wouldn’t want to face Drew Brees in January either. Who do you like out of that group? While you decide about the game on Feb. 1, we’ll look at some picks for Week 8: Broncos (-8.5) over Chargers ( picked Thursday ): They’re really good right now . Lions (-3.5) over Falcons: Call the oddsmakers, there’s a misprint! This should be -13.5 and not -3.5, right? Bengals (+1) over Ravens: I can’t justify it based on how the Bengals have played the last three weeks. But I still think there’s a good team in there somewhere. View full post on Yahoo Sports – NFL – San Francisco 49ers News

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Five-time NFL MVP Peyton Manning added to his latest record by throwing three touchdown passes to Emmanuel Sanders in the Denver Broncos 35-21 victory over the San Diego Chargers. The win comes four days after quarterback Manning broke Brett Favre’s record for most career touchdown passes in a 42-17 demolition of the San Francisco 49ers. Against the Chargers, Manning completed 25-of-35 passes for 286 yards and three touchdowns to bring his career National Football League touchdown total to 513. View full post on Yahoo Sports – NFL – San Francisco 49ers News

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DENVER – Peyton Manning gets the big, bold headlines from Sunday night’s game, but the fine print should include that the Denver Broncos officially established themselves as the best team in the NFL at this point in the season. What the Broncos did to the San Francisco 49ers, who have gone to the NFL’s final four the past three years and were on a three-game winning streak, was shocking. Denver, behind Peyton Manning’s 507th, ( NFL record-tying ) 508th, ( NFL record-breaking ) 509th and 510th career touchdown passes pummeled the 49ers 42-17. A meaningless touchdown with a minute to go is all that kept it from being the biggest loss of the Jim Harbaugh era in San Francisco. The Dallas Cowboys have a good argument as the best team in football, considering they also have one loss and won at Seattle, which handed the Broncos their lone loss. But the way the Broncos are playing, nobody should be betting against them at this point. Everything is clicking at an incredibly high level for Denver. Manning has picked up where he left off from last season, when he had the greatest season in NFL history. He didn’t just inch over the finish line to get the record on Sunday, he turned in a phenomenal performance. He was 22-of-26 for 318 yards and four touchdowns. That’s a 157.2 rating; a perfect rating is 158.3. Manning’s third touchdown of the game, the record-breaker to Thomas, will be replayed more, but his next touchdown to Thomas was his best throw of the night. Manning had pinpoint accuracy on a 40-yard touchdown that made the score 28-10. Manning was so good, and the Broncos were so dominant, Manning was pulled and Brock Osweiler played the fourth quarter. Denver’s running game has gotten an unexpected boost from Ronnie Hillman, who has been a great find with Montee Ball out with a groin injury. He had a pair of touchdown runs, including a 37-yarder. And the defense looks the best it has been in Manning’s three Denver seasons. The pass rush is excellent, with Von Miller and DeMarcus Ware, and there’s no clear weakness elsewhere. Can the Broncos win the Super Bowl? Dismissing the predictable jokes about Manning in the playoffs, of course they can. A lot can happen over the next few months so nothing is guaranteed, but the Broncos are the class of the NFL right now. Ask the 49ers. San Francisco isn’t bad, and it had no chance Sunday night. – - – - – - – Frank Schwab is the editor of Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at shutdowncorner@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @YahooSchwab View full post on Yahoo Sports – NFL – San Francisco 49ers News

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DENVER (AP) — Peyton Manning’s receivers played keep-away with his milestone memento and the NFL’s new leader in career touchdown passes toyed with the San Francisco 49ers in the Denver Broncos’ 42-17 victory Sunday night. View full post on Yahoo Sports – NFL – San Francisco 49ers News

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One of the great things about last season’s Seattle Seahawks, other than the immense talent on the roster, was the apparent togetherness. “We all we got, we all we need,” right? The players rallied around coach Pete Carroll’s high-energy ways. They won a Super Bowl. The last time a defending Super Bowl champion won a playoff game was the 2005 season. One of the reasons for that drought is champions dealing with inevitable coverage, real or exaggerated, that the chemistry isn’t the same. Maybe over jealousy issues creeping into the locker room. Last week, the Seahawks were a pretty normal 3-2 team – maybe they didn’t run the ball enough, and the defensive line wasn’t quite as deep as last season … normal football things. That was before the Percy Harvin trade. [ Join FanDuel.com's $2.5M Week 8 fantasy league: $25 to enter; top 21,905 teams paid ] Players were upset when Harvin was suddenly shipped to the Jets, Doug Baldwin said the trade affected them in Sunday’s loss to the Rams, there were stories of fights between Harvin and teammates, and a report of a near-fight between Harvin and quarterback Russell Wilson. And the latest explosive Seahawks story focuses on the latter issue, and it paints it not just as Harvin vs. Wilson, but part of the Seahawks’ locker room vs. their quarterback. Bleacher Report’s Mike Freeman , a widely-respected national NFL reporter, compared the Harvin-Wilson split to the famous Donovan McNabb-Terrell Owens feud in Philadelphia, An unnamed Seahawks player told Freeman that “ Harvin  was an  accelerant  in a locker room that was quickly dividing between Wilson and anti-Wilson.” Freeman said the issue with some players is they seem to think Wilson is “too close to the front office,” and that Wilson “doesn’t always take the blame with teammates for mistakes he makes.” Freeman also said, based on several interviews with Seahawks players, “that some of the black players think Wilson isn’t black enough,” a strange claim that nonetheless paints the Seahawks situation as a little less close than we remember from last season’s playoff run. Are the players who don’t like Wilson jealous? If that’s the case, it presumably won’t get better after Wilson goes from his $662,000 base salary this year to a contract extension that might be about $100 million. Is the “anti-Wilson” group made up of some leaders of the team or is it just fringe guys? Do the players the Bleacher Report story cites represent a significant portion of the locker room or a tiny amount of disgruntled players? Is any of this real, or just perception from some in the locker room? Whatever is actually going on in the locker room, it’s another thing the Seahawks have to deal with during their title defense. There was a report from Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News that an upset Marshawn Lynch didn’t want to get on the team bus Friday to fly to St. Louis after he heard about the Harvin trade, something Lynch’s agent Doug Hendrickson vehemently denied on Twitter . Whether that happened or not, Baldwin’s comments made it clear the trade was a shock (“ There’s obviously a lot of things that went on this week that affected the team in numerous ways,” Baldwin said after Sunday’s loss, via ESPN.com ), and maybe there’s more discord among the Seahawks than we ever knew. Or maybe it’s the same old story: Team wins championship, players have start worrying about their own playing time or numbers or contract situation. That’s nothing new in sports, and it’s fairly normal too. Or maybe this controversy is really nothing at all to worry about and small things are under a huge microscope because of the Harvin trade and the unexpected 3-3 start. If the Seahawks’ locker room is becoming split over Wilson, as Freeman’s story indicates, that probably wouldn’t be a small thing. It’s always hard to figure out the absolute truth in matters like this, because only the Seahawks know for sure. But now the San Francisco 49ers aren’t the only NFC West team that has to answer a lot of questions about reports of dysfunction behind the scenes. – - – - – - – Frank Schwab is the editor of Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at shutdowncorner@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @YahooSchwab View full post on Yahoo Sports – NFL – San Francisco 49ers News

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(Reuters) – Peyton Manning broke the National Football League career touchdown pass record as the Denver Broncos thrashed the San Francisco 49ers 42-17 on Sunday. With his third touchdown of the game late in the first half, the Denver quarterback notched his 509th regular season touchdown pass, surpassing the previous record held by Brett Favre. Manning’s record stole the show for the Broncos, who completely dominated the visiting 49ers to improve to 5-1 for the season and consolidate first place in the AFC West. … View full post on Yahoo Sports – NFL – San Francisco 49ers News

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Aside from all the Peyton Manning hoopla Sunday night, you knew it was going to be a long night for the San Francisco 49ers when the Denver Broncos’ defense raised its level of play to Manning’s greatness. That was on display in many forms, but it manifested most in the huge night from DeMarcus Ware, with his three sacks, four tackles and four QB hits. The first sack was a piece of artwork — or an embarrassment, depending on your perspective. [ Join FanDuel.com's $2.5M Week 8 fantasy league: $25 to enter; top 21,905 teams paid ] On the third play of the game, Ware makes 49ers left tackle Joe Staley, one of the more solid blockers at his position in the NFL, look silly on his first sack of the evening. Watch the video above as Ware goes upfield with a spin move, dips underneath when Staley gets off balance and Ware manages to spin Staley around like a top. This is pass-rush excellence. That sack set the tone for the rest of the night. Ware got to Colin Kaepernick two more times in the game. On the second sack, Ware again got Staley spinning around in a way such a technically sound player never should. This is unreal, although asking any tackle to single-block Ware is a tall order. On sack No. 3, Ware basically tossed Staley aside on the pass rush. Staley was called for holding on the play, and it didn’t matter. That was on second and goal with the 49ers down 42-10 in the final five minutes, and they eventually failed to convert on fourth down. Kaepernick was pulled from the game — wisely — on the next possession. You want to know why the Broncos might be the best team in the NFL ? Manning is one reason; the Broncos’ improved defense — led by a resurgent Ware — is another. – - – - – - – Eric Edholm is a writer for Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at edholm@yahoo-inc.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Eric_Edholm View full post on Yahoo Sports – NFL – San Francisco 49ers News

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — San Francisco 49ers center Daniel Kilgore is scheduled to undergo season-ending surgery Tuesday on a fractured left ankle sustained in the third quarter of Sunday night’s loss at Denver. View full post on Yahoo Sports – NFL – San Francisco 49ers News

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(Reuters) – Denver quarterback Peyton Manning broke Brett Favre’s National Football League record for career touchdown passes when he threw his 509th scoring pass during the second quarter of the Broncos’ game against the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday. Manning’s eight-yard pass was caught in the end zone by wide receiver Demaryius Thomas to eclipse the record of 508 regular season touchdowns Brett Favre set in 2010 while playing for the Minnesota Vikings. … View full post on Yahoo Sports – NFL – San Francisco 49ers News

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