Pre-Game discussion: Patriots at Broncos
posted at 10/7/2009 12:12 AM EDT
I figured I'd make a place where we can get a head start on discussing the Patriots at the Broncos.
Kyle Orton as a quarterback - weakness (career passer rating of 74.1)? Or strength (25-12 W-L in 37 career starts; 97.7 passer rating this year; 5 TD's, 0 INT's, 69/117 - 59%)
Broncos' receivers versus our new-look secondary - Brandon Marshall and Eddie Royal form one of the most athletically talented tandems in football and both can torch you deep; Brandon Stokley is a good slot receiver; Leigh Bodden has looked up to the task thus far, but it should be interesting to see how Springs, Wilhite, and Butler do. Merriweather and Sanders may also be tested. I hope our open field tackling does better than Dallas' did.
Brady versus Champ Bailey; Moss versus Bailey - the last time the Patriots visited Denver in the AFC Divisional playoffs in early 2005, Bailey almost took one to the house; a battle between Moss and Bailey should be good, especially with Bailey coming off of the momentum of two big passes defensed last week to win the game. I bet Bailey gets extra motivation to falling from the limelight with the rise of Nmandi Asomugha and Darrelle Revis.
Elvis Dumervil versus Matt Light - Dumervil has started the year off quickly with 5 sacks already; Light got beat last week for a strip sack
Junior Seau 3.0 - he just can't quit the Patriots, and I for one am happy to have him back; it should be interesting to see what he can bring to the table on defense and whether the Patriots are able to show more looks to confuse Orton with him on the roster... but the signing has yet to be announced
Ty Warren vs. Ryan Clady - this should be one heck of a matchup between two young players who are excellent at their craft; I've seen Clady touted by some as the best young left tackle in the league; Warren came up big on 3rd and 1 against the Ravens and is a stud
Maroney sighting? - his dancing is inexcusable (and it was particularly clear on his kickoff returns last week). I'm looking for him to step up this week if he has the chance because Mike Reiss reports in his mailbag that Fred Taylor is a little beat up.
Galloway sighting? - I'm intrigued to see how the veteran reacts to his first ever healthy scratch from a football game. Does he come out and torch the Broncos for 100+yds? Does he implode? We'll see, and soon.
Bill Belichick vs. Josh McDaniels - I'm just guessing, but I bet McDaniels still has much he could have still learned from Belichick, whose lifetime of football analysis is unrivaled. I'm especially interested in seeing what the Patriots do against the Denver offense, which I think is loaded.