The Denver Broncos and coach Josh McDaniels were each fined $50,000 by the NFL as a result of a team employee illegally videotaping an opponent’s practice last month. The employee, video operations director, Steve Scarnecchia, has been fired. Both McDaniels and Scarnecchia were employed by the New England Patriots and Bill Belichick when they were heavily penalized for similar infractions in 2007.

The incident happened at a San Francisco 49ers practice on October 30 in London– a day before they defeated Denver 24-16. In other words, unlike his mentor, McDaniels can’t even cheat correctly. Belichick was able to win three Super Bowls through an organized pattern of fraud and deceit. McDaniels, on the other hand, has gotten his ass handed to him by everyone in the division (except the Chiefs).

Several quality match-ups are coming up this afternoon. Here are the early games, rated on the four-star system I created in conjunction with the boys at MIT:

JAC @ NYG ***
PIT @ BUF **
TEN @ HOU **
GB @ ATL ****
CAR @ CLE *
MIN @ WAS **