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Retired_Member_001
10-17-2008, 11:28 AM
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The Denver Broncos have had great success against the New England Patriots in recent years. In fact, the Broncos really have owned the Patriots.

Iím going to be quite frank, if the Patriots have Brady, they win this game. Without Brady, they donít win this game. Yes, I know what youíre thinking, ď Itís stupid to put the W-L of this game because of one players absenceĒ. Yes, one player doesnít make a team in a game like Football where there are several players on the field. However, one player can make a difference. Hereís proof:

The Patriots offense is 21st in the league without Brady. The Patriots passing game is 22nd without Brady.

Ouch, that kind of hurts doesnít it? A legendary passing game last year is below average/bad this year, all because of the injury to one player. One player canít change the course of the game? I think not.

So where does the Patriots offense come from in this game? Well, the running game of course. But wait! The Patriots have the 18th best running game in the league compared to last yearís 13th best. So in Bradyís absence, the Patriots get significantly worse passing and running? I think losing one player DOES make a difference.

So, to be honest, the best thing on the Patriots right now is their 15th best rated defense. Of course, I really donít need to explain where the Broncos defense is ranked right now. So really, this game has two battles:

The 15th best defense (Patriots) V the 4th best offense (Broncos).
The 21st best offense (Patriots) V the 30th best defense (Broncos).

Interesting matchup, a game that will definitely be a close one.

I think on offense, it all comes down to whether the Broncos offense can still tick. Itís been a hard last few games for the Broncos. Defensive coordinators have managed to figure out how to beat the Broncos offense, which started the season looking like a force to be reckoned with. The Broncos will have to take care of the ball and not give away any turnovers. Jay Cutler has to avoid making a Favre of himself, attempting ridiculous passes on National Television. What more? Well, the Broncos running game better get itself into gear when needed or else someone will be getting an ass whopping. Yes, the Broncos have the 10th best running game in the league, but it never really gets going WHEN NEEDED. I personally believe that Pittman should get the majority of the carries. He suits our style best. Physical back who punishes other players who cross his path.

The Patriots defense is 3rd worst in the league at getting pressure on the opposing QB, so Jay Cutler, who already has a good O-Line in front of him, will have time to throw and time to make the right decisions.

On defense, the Broncos just need to watch for two things:

1. The run.
2. The screen pass.

If the Broncos can defend against these two things, then itís offense over the Patriots. The Patriots Quarterback (whatís his name again?) canít throw at all and the more he is forced to, the better. Sam Cassel will need to make sure he just controls the ball. It will critical that Earnest Cassel does this if the Patriots are to win. This poses an interesting question, why donít the Patriots try and pursue Jake Plummer?

It would be unjust if I didnít mention the Broncos woes on the defensive end. Despite being Camp fodder, Sam Cassel will have plenty of time to throw as the Broncos continue to fail to consistently get pressure on the Quarterback. But where the real weakness comes, is on the ground. Yes the Patriots ground game isnít amazing, but mediocre ground games have beaten the Broncos up before and they will continue to beat the Broncos up. It will be essential that the Broncos thwart any attempts the Patriots have at getting a ground game going. This here, is more essential than any of the other keys to the game. The Patriots run game isnít deadly, but it could be to a horrible defense like the Broncos. The Broncos are better in every other area, but this problem right here could be a real issue.

There could be a real battle of the receivers going on here. But of course, the Patriots donít have a Quarterback than can get their receivers the ball. Randy Moss will still be a threat, but put Champ on him and Rodger Cassel will be too intimidated to throw that way.

Of course, we canít forget the battle of the coaches. Shanahan against Belichick. Both coaches a true masterminds. They will analyze the living daylight out of this game and will have a few tricks up their sleeves. When these two go at it, something interesting always happens.

This game has it all, Shanahan V Belichick, Marshall V Moss, Seymour V Clady, Dumervil V Light, Cutler V the other guy.

It will certainly be a good MNF game.

My prediction:

Broncos 34-27 New England Patriots

WTE
10-18-2008, 10:03 AM
Excellent preview Wook. I agree w/ almost everything you pointed out except a couple things:

# 1.




The Patriots Quarterback (what’s his name again?) can’t throw at all

It's not that Cassel can't throw (he actually has a very good arm) it's that he won't throw when his receivers are open. He's either not finding the open man quick enough or he's too afraid he'll throw a pick when he does see them. It's a matter of timing and confidence. But if there's ever a defense to help a young QB improve in both areas, this is it.

I think we're gonna see Cassell move the ball very effectively with the underneath stuff to Welker and Faulk and pick his spots to go deep down the field to Moss and Watson. What's his name is going to surprise you with his arm.

# 2


My prediction:

Broncos 34-27 New England Patriots

I think it will be a close, high-scoring game but I have NE 29 Denver 27.

One other thing.....

It looks like Maroney and Lamont Jordan won't play. The loss of Maroney doesn't mean anything but not having Jordan really hurts. With that said, I'm hoping the Patriots place BenJarvus Green-Ellis on the 45 man roster for this game.

I know what you're saying "who?" Well, this rookie FA from 'Ole Miss has good size and good acceleration and had some impressive runs in pre-season.

If BenJarvus plays he could help to move the chains. And if he does play you'll remember hearing it from me first to look out for the guy.

BenJarvus Green-Ellis. Remember the name.

Retired_Member_001
10-18-2008, 02:21 PM
Excellent preview Wook. I agree w/ almost everything you pointed out except a couple things:

First of all, I really appreciate the reply. I am also very pleased that you enjoyed it.


# 1.



It's not that Cassel can't throw (he actually has a very good arm) it's that he won't throw when his receivers are open. He's either not finding the open man quick enough or he's too afraid he'll throw a pick when he does see them. It's a matter of timing and confidence. But if there's ever a defense to help a young QB improve in both areas, this is it.

I think we're gonna see Cassell move the ball very effectively with the underneath stuff to Welker and Faulk and pick his spots to go deep down the field to Moss and Watson. What's his name is going to surprise you with his arm.


Part of "being able to throw", is having the confidence. Alot of Quarterbacks struggle with the whole "self confidence" issue and it leads to nothing but incomplete passes and picks. You could have a great arm, but with no confidence, you'll still be a horrible passer.


# 2



I think it will be a close, high-scoring game but I have NE 29 Denver 27.

One other thing.....

It looks like Maroney and Lamont Jordan won't play. The loss of Maroney doesn't mean anything but not having Jordan really hurts. With that said, I'm hoping the Patriots place BenJarvus Green-Ellis on the 45 man roster for this game.

I know what you're saying "who?" Well, this rookie FA from 'Ole Miss has good size and good acceleration and had some impressive runs in pre-season.

If BenJarvus plays he could help to move the chains. And if he does play you'll remember hearing it from me first to look out for the guy.

BenJarvus Green-Ellis. Remember the name.

Thank you for the information on BenJarvus, I'll definitely keep an eye out for him.

I hope you enjoy the game. Unlike other Patriot trolls, you have alot of class about you. :beer:

turftoad
10-18-2008, 02:33 PM
Excellent preview Wook. I agree w/ almost everything you pointed out except a couple things:

# 1.



It's not that Cassel can't throw (he actually has a very good arm) it's that he won't throw when his receivers are open. He's either not finding the open man quick enough or he's too afraid he'll throw a pick when he does see them. It's a matter of timing and confidence. But if there's ever a defense to help a young QB improve in both areas, this is it.

I think we're gonna see Cassell move the ball very effectively with the underneath stuff to Welker and Faulk and pick his spots to go deep down the field to Moss and Watson. What's his name is going to surprise you with his arm.

# 2



I think it will be a close, high-scoring game but I have NE 29 Denver 27.

One other thing.....

It looks like Maroney and Lamont Jordan won't play. The loss of Maroney doesn't mean anything but not having Jordan really hurts. With that said, I'm hoping the Patriots place BenJarvus Green-Ellis on the 45 man roster for this game.

I know what you're saying "who?" Well, this rookie FA from 'Ole Miss has good size and good acceleration and had some impressive runs in pre-season.

If BenJarvus plays he could help to move the chains. And if he does play you'll remember hearing it from me first to look out for the guy.

BenJarvus Green-Ellis. Remember the name.

Sheeeesh............... how many names is one guy allowed to have? :D

MNPatsFan
10-19-2008, 07:05 PM
Sheeeesh............... how many names is one guy allowed to have? :DJust look where he played.;) That suggests that he may be from the south where pretty much everyone has at least three names (Billy Bob ..., Billy Ray ..., etc.).:laugh::laugh:

girler
10-19-2008, 07:12 PM
Just look where he played.;) That suggests that he may be from the south where pretty much everyone has at least three names (Billy Bob ..., Billy Ray ..., etc.).:laugh::laugh:

I wonder what BenJarvis' middle name is, PrestonFranklin?

And MNPF, have you ever noticed your cheerleader doesn't have any eyeballs?

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