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    Our experts weigh in on four of the biggest questions in NASCAR as the Sprint Cup Series braces for Chase race No. Throwback Broncos Jerseys . 7 Sunday at Martinsville Speedway:Turn 1: NASCAR put new rules in for Sprint Cup veterans running in Xfinity and Trucks. No more than 10 Xfinity races and seven Truck events a season, and none during the Chase in each series. Whats your take?Ricky Craven, ESPN NASCAR analyst:?it was time for a formula like this to be created. Its an opportunity to expand the field of young drivers in the Xfinity series, and we need young talent to be identified. There is a long list of stars retiring in the next five years, and those seats need to be filled with talent.Ryan McGee, ESPN.com: Im all for it. Ive been for it for years. I totally understand the rock and the hard place that Xfinity and Truck owners are between. Sponsors are incredibly difficult to come by in those series and those sponsors want established names behind the wheel. This allows for just enough of that but also allows those owners to bring along young racers. Plus, the Cup guys winning races within those series Chase formats unquestionably waters down the postseason. Fans have been telling me they wanted something like this for years, like all the way back to the Mark Martin-stinking-up-the-Busch-Series show days. Now they have it.John Oreovicz, ESPN.com: Fan unrest has been building up for quite some time, so this came as no surprise. It took only a couple of races this playoff season for NASCAR to realize that Cup drivers were not only sometimes devaluing the Xfinity and Truck Chases, they also had the potential to actually affect the championships, whether through a wreck or team orders. I think its a good move to keep Cup veterans out of the lower series Chases.Bob Pockrass, ESPN.com: Wait and see. The Kyle Busch rule -- this year it would have impacted only Kyle Busch, Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano -- will help quiet fans angry over Cup drivers taking Xfinity/Truck glory and potentially impacting their championships. But Im not convinced it helps developmental drivers because it encourages sponsors who want Cup drivers to spend less money, and that could impact opportunities down the road.Turn 2: NASCAR had hoped to announce an entitlement sponsor by the end of October. Its the end of October and no announcement. Concerned?Craven:?I am not concerned, and I truly dont understand why an announcement will be made in the middle of our playoffs. Ive been told an announcement is coming and I have no reason not to believe that. I also believe that in spite of some of the challenges our sport faces, we bring value that cant be found elsewhere.McGee: Yes. And Im far from alone. These days, when Im dropping in at the track sporadically, the single biggest conversation people want to have is about this. Theres uncertainty in the garage air. Thats not good.Oreovicz: Yes. Its getting late in the game and in the not-so-distant past, blue-chip companies would have been lined up to bid for the opportunity to take over title sponsorship of the Cup Series. With attendance and television numbers down, NASCAR needs this transition between title sponsors to have a positive impact at what is a critical point in time for auto racing as a whole.Pockrass: For sure. It should have announced a sponsor over the summer as corporations started making 2017 budgets. This is not a good sign. Those in the industry and the garage are concerned. While the racing has improved in 2016, the vibe on the sport has not.Turn 3: What did you think of the Joe Gibbs Racing driver strategy to run in the back at Talladega?Craven:?I thought they did exactly what they needed to do to enhance their chances at winning the title. They played within the rules. At the very least they played in the environment that creates unintended consequences. I feel for the fans of those drivers, but its hard to blame teams trying to win a title.McGee: It was the racing equivalent of an NFL team not playing its starters in the final game of the regular season. I understood it, but I hated it. Gibbs and his people are smart enough to know the big picture from the little one.?If one of those cars goes on to win the championship, the Talladega thing will become nothing more than a footnote. So taking a ton of flak this week from fans and media will be a small price if they meet their ultimate goal.Oreovicz: It cheated fans of the team and its drivers and proved that under the right circumstances, you can still points race in the elimination-style Chase. Nobody predicted 37 cars would be running at the finish, including 34 on the lead lap, and that darn near made the strategy backfire on JGR. But as Kyle Busch said, dont blame the players, blame the game.Pockrass: Hated anyone who did it -- Tony Stewart included -- but understood why they did it. The best thing is they wont do it next year for the full race because it is the second race in the round.Turn 4:?Of the final eight drivers in the Chase, which would you consider the long shot to win the title?Craven:?I would say Kurt Busch has gotten less attention than any of the other seven drivers and hes probably made the least noise in terms of performance. I think its nice that every one of the eight drivers remaining has won in 2016, which makes it especially tough to pick an underdog.McGee: At this point, were down to all big-timers, so long shot is a tough term to apply. But as Denny Hamlin fans will angrily tell you, Ive questioned that teams ability to be consistent enough to win the Cup. His three wins are great and that run of top-10s he posted leading into the Chase was one of the best of the year, but since the Chase started, hes posted three finishes of 15-plus in six races. The good news is that Martinsville is up next, wheres hes lights out. But based on his postseason thus far it might be win or bust.Oreovicz: Carl Edwards out of the Gibbs/Toyota half of the equation, Kurt Busch from the rest.Pockrass: Kurt Busch. His winning drought is longer than any other driver remaining in the Chase except Carl Edwards, and Busch has led only seven laps in the last 14 races. Elite Broncos Jerseys . Catch all the action on TSN2 at 11pm et/8pm pt. The nine-time Big 12 champion Jayhawks are positioning themselves for another title, as they have run out to a flawless 6-0 mark in conference play thus far. Black Broncos Jerseys . According the Toronto Star, a knee injury will keep Sundin out of the lineup, which includes former teammates Gary Roberts, Darcy Tucker, Tie Domi and Curtis Joseph. http://www.officialbroncosnflauthenticshop.com/ . LOUIS -- Alexander Steen scored a power-play goal with 59. ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- The Denver Broncos still sport the leagues top pass defense just like last year. Their formerly league-leading run defense has slipped to 29th. And Derek Wolfes broken elbow doesnt help matters.Wolfe is the best run-stuffer on a team that lost Malik Jackson to free agency and Vance Walker to injured reserve. But Wolfe is expecting to miss up to a month after getting hurt at Oakland last week.Stepping in for him is rookie defensive end Adam Gotsis, an improving second-round pick from Georgia Tech and the highest-drafted (63rd overall) Australian-born player in NFL history.I think hes gotten better, coach Gary Kubiak said. He may have played his best game last week and we need it.Gotsis said hes been trying to emulate Wolfe in everything he does for the last seven months, so hes going to do his best imitation of him on the field until he gets back, too.You know, he is always watching, Wolfe said. I can feel him watching me all the time. Its kind of creepy. Hes always watching everything I eat. Hes like a little puppy following me around. But thats what I did when I was a rookie. I just found guys, Elvis Dumervil, Justin Bannan, guys who had been around for a while and were doing it the right way. Thats the kind of guys that I just latched onto and just kind of tried to do what they did.Gotsis just passed the one-year anniversary of a torn ACL he suffered against Virginia last season. He said hes finally feeling 100 percent and no longer worries about the knee.He played a season-best 30 snaps last week and is expecting plenty of work when the Broncos (6-3) visit the Saints (4-4) on Sunday.Theyre going to try to come out and run the ball, Gotsis said. Its been our weakness.The Broncos have allowed a combined 341 rushing yards over the last two weeks against the Chargers and Raiders in tumbling from the top of the AFC West.The Saints ground game is experiencing a resurgence and theyll need to keep that going if they want to slow down the Broncos pass rush.Against Seattle two weeks ago, Tim Hightower became the first Saints running back with a 100-yard game. Facing a star-studded defense like Denvers, they exercised patience and pounded the ball against an elite, play-making group in a 25-20 win.Then, they ran for 248 yards and two TDs against San Franciscoo with Mark Ingram going for 158 and Hightower adding 87, complementing Drew Brees 323 yards and trio of touchdown throws. Black Broncos Jerseys. It certainly gives us confidence, Brees said.And at long last, balance.With the Broncos having surrendered a season-high 218 yards in a 30-20 loss at Oakland last week, I would imagine theyre going to run the football, Denver defensive coordinator Wade Phillips said of the Saints. Although, they throw it better than anybody.Facing offenses that are regularly adding a sixth offensive lineman, the Broncos have been gashed for three runs of 42 or more yards.I think some guys need to play a little bit better. I think that some guys that are playing good maybe need to do a little bit more, Wolfe said. Ive missed a few tackles that I should have made. Get in your gaps and beat your man. Get off the blocks and make the tackle.Thats the elixir linebacker Brandon Marshall says will get the Broncos better.I dont think its anything exotic weve got to do because Wade doesnt believe in doing different stunts to try to stop the run and stuff like that. He wants us to line up and play our technique, everybody know their responsibility, get in their gap and get off the ball with attitude and get off the block and make a play.Von Miller said the Broncos will come through this tough time a better team.I would like to play in a season where we just kill everybody and go undefeated all the way to the championship and then we blow out whoever it is in the Super Bowl, Miller said. But thats just not how it works in the National Football League. For me, were in a tough patch right now. Well be able to get out of it. We have players in place. We have the leadership in place. We have everything in place.Game notes Special teams coordinator Joe DeCamillis on S Shiloh Keo giving his new team, the Saints, tips on his old team, the Broncos, this week: I can tell you Shilohs singing like a canary because he did it when he came here.---For more NFL coverage: http://www.pro32.ap.org and http://www.twitter.com/AP-NFL---AP Sports Writer Brett Martel contributed.---Follow Arnie Melendrez Stapleton on Twitter: http://twitter.com/arniestapleton Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys ChinaCheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys ' ' '