Discussion in 'Fan Zone' started by underdark, Nov 21, 2005.
and the 7-3 cowboys have won 5 of their last 6. I am picking us in a close game.
Dallas is the underdog, odds are Denver by 1, early line. Denver is good, but notsure if I agrre on this. But they are the so-called eperts. I would think home and t-day, Dalls by 2.
Maybe, but Denver has looked FAR more impressive in their wins this season
Because Shanahan is an offensive coach, therefore higher offensive output against inferior defenses. While BP prefers to shorten the game with a lead by using a ball control offense ,therefore less offensive production and less spectacular looking play.
Denver had two 9+ minute drives yesterday in the first half. Shanahan understands ball control as well. Make no mistake this is a good team coming to town and they have played better than us for the last couple of weeks.
Remember who they were going against. Didnt we have similar drives against Arizona who are a comparable team to the Jets.
Jets suck - maybe worst offensive unit in the history of the league of late
agaionst the Jets, thats like saying we had so and so minute drives against ARZ.
I posted something along these lines before, all the road teams we play in our house this year struggle on the road badly, the toughest one is the Broncos at 2-2. Rams have 1 road win and the Chiefs are a much better home team and struggle on the road quite a bit.
Denver also played 4:00 game and has to deal with travel, Holidays....
It will be a very tough game, gotta give Plummer so much credit for turning his game around. I like the Boyz in a real close game, Boyz 23- Broncos 20
Being at home may put this team even with the Broncos, who undeniably are a notch above Dallas this season.
Is it just me, or does it seem like the "Home Field Advantage" that NFL Refs give has gone up a notch as well? The officiating in the NFL and NCAA has been brutal for the visiting team this year.
How are the Broncos "undeniably" better than the Cowboys? The way I see it, they are the best team we've played this season, but I don't think they are better than us.
... 1:44 left on the clock, Cowboys three straight runs, and punt.
Denver ball on their 22 yard line.
Now the fun starts ... and the pace maker needs to be turned on.
You can think that if you want, but who has the better defense AZ or NY?
Dam.. They were playing the j - e - t - s. Who have just about quit on this season. How can you measure that.
At least we are playiny teams that still have a chance. :starspin
Only one team in the NFL has scored more and allowed less points than the Broncos. The Colts.
Only one team in the NFL has a better TO ratio. The Bengals.
The Broncos are the only team in the top 2 in rushing offense and rushing defense.
The Broncos average 50 more rushing yards a game than the Boys.
Here's the flip-side...Cowboys have only beaten two teams with winning records. Denver has beaten five.
Denver isnt all that, although yes, they are playing good football right now. But if they played the Colts right now, especially in Indy, Indy would once again light them up as they have recently. I live in Denver so it's not like the only basis I have for evaluating them is catching some highlights on sportscenter once a week.
When they played the Giants and the Skins, both those games went down to basically the final play of the game. In their home game against the Chargers the week after we played them, they won by 3. They did have those 2 interesting home games against the Eagles and Pats where they got up 20+ early on before the other teams stormed back only to fall short. But we crushed the Eagles in our park too.
I'm not *that* worried about their running game.. more about bootlegs, roll outs and our o-line being able to protect Bledsoe when they blitz.
Still though.. short week, home game, on turf.. things in our favor. Should be a good game. No conceivable outcome would surprise me.
And not that anything that happened 4 years ago means anything at all, but just for fun you'll remember that the uhhh.. "masterful" HC Shanahan brought his Broncos in on Turkey Day and although they werent clicking on all cylinders at the time (they were 5-5 while we were 2-7), it took all they had to beat Campo and Ryan Leaf by 2.
We played on Sunday a team with obvious discipline problems and injuries. We let that team hang around for a long time. In fact, if not for a very long field goal at the end of the first half (where the other team was screwed on a time out call to ice our kicker), it could have been very close. We were outplayed for most of the Philadelphia game. Our OL is struggling and Bledsoe has no confidence in his blind side tackle.
I am not trying to make the Broncos into supermen, but they are playing good football right now. An argument can be made that we looked better after the Arizona game as well. I accept that and I'm hoping that view is correct. The Cowboys will not look past the Broncos, but Denver matches up well against our running attack and our pass protection issues are limiting us.
My bottom line feeling here is that Denver's D matches up better against our offense than our D matches up to them. In a ball control game (and this will be just that) our young DL is going to be seeing a different kind of scheme than they have seen before. One or two successful Denver drives can make a big difference before our guys can adjust. Plummer is a scrambler and we didn't handle McNabb very well the last time out.
Tucker is playing better than I expected. He has made very few penalty type mistakes I can recall. That being said, he has been beaten in pass protection a number of times and Parcells is trying to hurry up Bledsoe to reduce the pressure. It is not working very well and sharply limited our downfield attack on Sunday. It is our achilles heel and Denver's D will attack us at that point. I'm not a football guru but it seems obvious to me. They play the run very well. We are going to have to pass to move the ball and Tucker is going to be the weak link.
That's how I see it and I think we lose a close game because we won't be able to score enough points.