Re: Well, It's Denver (Game Plan Talk)
posted at 1/13/2014 3:50 AM EST
In response to DanishPastry's comment:
Good thread, I agree with the general views that we match up well with Denver. For me, there are some reasons to feel confident, but also a few areas of concern.
Reasons for optimism:
BB. The best coach in the game. He will have the team ready for Sunday, and I don't think we'll see stupid mistakes and penalties like the Chargers commited yesterday. It was a killer for them.
Brady. The best QB in the game, and by far a superior postseason to Gomer. Has had great succes against Denver for the last 3-4 games against them.
Blount/RBs. The power running game that we have seen for the last 4 games or so has been great. Puts the fear in the D, takes off pressure from Brady - and more importantly -takes pressure off the receivers.
Secondary. Is the healthiest we have seen in a while, and is a strength at this point. Matches up as well as can be expected vs. Gomer. Make no mistake, depending on number of possesions in the game, Gomer is gonna put up points, but they are able to get some stops/turnovers.
And then there are some areas of concern.
Manning. Give him to much time (both thinking on the field and in the pocket) and it's bad news.
Playing away. Broncos are - as I recall - 7-1 this season at home, while all the losses for the good guys came away.
Refs. I don't buy into Godell conspiracies, but it is a well known fact that refs - in most sports, not just NFL, are influenced by home field. I don't know if it's the crowd getting into their heads or what, but the Pats need to play a clean game.
And then I don't think they can afford the luxury of having multiple series end in 3-and-out. Need to put points on the board in every quarter. We cannot count on another great comeback, we need to be ahead or within a TD going into the last quarter.
In a close game, I see the Patriots prevaling. I would prefer a somewhat lowscoring game, and think it will be for 3 quarters, and then things explode in the 4th. Patriots 38 Broncos 31.
If the Pats get the turnovers they will win but I have a feeling the Broncos will play much better next week then they did today on offense. As bad as the Chargers played at times they only allowed 24 points and yet I can't remember any Broncos punts.