Broncos should beat the Chargers and it won’t be close


FansIn a way I hate being “in the media”.  I hate having to be at least somewhat unbiased in the posts I write. I still write pro-Broncos (Rockies, Nuggets, Avs etc,..) but I have to do my best to not be a totally biased, emotionally fueled homer. It’s a good practice to look at things with a different perspective and really delve into who, what, why and where rather than just giving an impassioned speech of how they WILL win.

I spent all of last week telling myself and others that the Broncos had a tough game coming up against San Fran and that they should prepare themselves that it could possibly end up as a loss. Deep down the fan inside was screaming and angry that I could even suggest that the Broncos could lose. And in hindsight it was a stupid stand to take. Against my team I felt like I had to be ultra pessimistic and take the “realistic” approach but in the end all I ended up doing was overthinking it and TRYING to find reasons that they could lose. Which of course, they didn’t.

PFMIn hindsight (and how I saw it as a fan), the Broncos were the better, healthier and more prepared team. They had better leadership, better talent and a far better quarterback. Heck, the 49ers are missing something like ten of their starters to injuries/suspension and I STILL had them playing a close game with the Broncos. Stupid……

I’m not doing that this week. I’m all in on the Broncos and I really don’t think it’ll be all that close. People keep talking about the Chargers like they are on the same level with the Broncos and that it’s a two headed monster in the AFC West that will torch the rest of the NFL for the rest of the season. I call B.S. Check out San Diego’s season so far.

A loss to Arizona in the last minute, no shame there. AZ is 6-1 and VERY solid in all aspects of the game. They then won at home against the Seahawks, which at the time seemed extremely impressive. Not so much now that the Seachickens are 3-3 and have not looked great their last three or four games. They then won four more in a row….sounds impressive right? Cool it. They won against: Buffalo, Jacksonville, New York Jets and Oakland. Wow. Impressive.  They then lost last week to Kansas City at home and now head to Denver on a short week.

In comparison, Denver has one loss in overtime in Seattle and have victories overRivers Indianapolis, Kansas City, Arizona, New York Jets and a whooping of San Francisco.. The Jets was the one dud in the mix but the other 5 wins are incredibly impressive and the Broncos weren’t playing to their potential (until maybe this last game against the 49ers).

In short, this should be a whoopin.

The Chargers are hurt, missing several players in their secondary and nearly their entire running game and against a healthy Broncos team, that doesn’t bode well. Their only hope is that Phillip Rivers goes off and somehow their paltry defense stops PFM and the Broncos from going off.

Ain’t going to happen.

Rivers2PFM throws for four TDs, the defense holds Cry me a Rivers and the SD offense to minimal effectiveness (and get a few turnovers) and the Orange and Blue destroys the Dolts 44-21.

Shot called.

 

 

5 Predictions for the Broncos – Jets Blowou…..Game


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#1 – The pedal stays to the metal. The Broncos started 2014 with 3 straight games in which they were handicapped by conservative (and just plain bad) play calling. They turned it around last week against the Cardinals, with some aggression…and look for that to continue. The dominance of the San Diego Chargers means that Denver has to keep pace if they want to win the division. This is good news for those of us who want to see a 15-1 end-of-season record.

#2 – Ronnie Hillman gets more love than Montee Ball. Montee Ball looked really really bad in his first three games this year. Some of that might be that he’s still recovering from an appendectomy. A lot of it could be that the O-line wasn’t jelling for the first three games. Maybe Montee just isn’t that good. And Ronnie Hillman, in my opinion, is even worse. That said, I think Hillman has a good game on Sunday. The O-line seemed to click against Arizona, and Ronnie was swagging around like Knowshon. That success will probably continue against the Jets, earning Hillman some maybe-not-quite-deserved fan love.

#3 – Ware and Miller combine for 3+ sacks. Von Miller is FINALLY killing it. He and Demarcus Ware are hitting their tag-team stride, and will have a field day on the horrible Jets offense.

#4 – McManus has some struggles. I feel bad for Brandon McManus. It’s not his fault the Broncos front-office has an itchy trigger finger. He didn’t ask for them to drop the best kicker in the NFL like a sack of potatoes, and thrust him into the void that was left. McManus may yet become a great kicker – he definitely has the leg (did you see how far some of his kickoffs went???). But it’s going to take a little bit of time to get his head straight and have the confidence to make all the kicks. I’m predicting another few weeks of minor struggles for him.

#5 – Peyton Manning breaks the career TD mark of 508…next week against the 49ers. I love this matchup for PFM against a bad Jets secondary. But asking for 6 TD’s against a really bad team is asking a little too much. It’s better if it happens at home anyway.

 

They are who we thought they were! Denver Broncos could be great


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I’m not talking about a 1990’s Bear’s team or the epic rant from head coach Dennis Green but rather using his words towards the 2014 Denver Broncos.  They are a 3-1 team that hasn’t had a ton of love from their fan base despite only losing one game to the defending Super Bowl Champion Seahawks. A fan base including a contrite but still somewhat skeptical blogger/uber fan….me.

We have all screamed and cried for the heads of the coaching staff after a lackluster 2-1 start to the season for the Broncos but the team silenced many of it’s critics after a clobbering of the solid Arizona team this last Sunday. A Cardinal team that came into Mile High undefeated and with one of the top defenses in the NFL.

The team didn’t leave Denver with the same impressive defensive stats after getting womped for 41 points to an offense that finally appears to have hit it’s stride. Perhaps we saw Sunday that the Bronco’s offense doesn’t only go however it’s HOF QB goes but how it’s superstar receiver plays.

Demaryious Thomas went off against Arizona for 226 yards and 2 touchdowns and wasDT playing like a man among boys against a good defense. He hit a gear on that 87 yard touchdown that I have rarely seen before and coming from a 6’3 235 pound wideout it was nothing short of incredible. Thomas had struggled in the previous three games but after this last performance we should have faith that the big guy is back up to speed and playing at his normal all pro level.

Orange Julius Thomas, Wes Welker and Emmanuel Sanders (6th in the league in rec yards with 435) have been a good/great core group so far and there’s no reason to think that Manning will continue to break record after record this season and for seasons to come.

The run game…..well it may be good news that Montee Ball is out with a groin injury because he didn’t look right since his appendectomy and he was one of the worst RBs in the league. He needs to go get entirely healthy, get his mind right and get back to the stud RB that I think he can be. That said, Hillman ran like he was pissed off when he was given the chance and I hope we see more of that for the weeks to come. Thompson and  Anderson as backups will do a fair enough job and we could see some life from this rush attack from now on.

DefenseThe defense played some bend but don’t break ball against the Cardinals in the first half and then came in and completely shut them down for the rest of the game. Partly because the Cards were down to their third string QB and their offense (and defense) appeared to be completely worn out. Gotta love what we’ve been seeing from Von Miller the last few weeks as he appears to be back to his old self and add that to a very very good Demarcus Ware and this pass rush will just get better as the year goes on. The secondary could be the strength of the team and Ward, Talib and Roby have really stuck out as being stud muffins on the back side of the D. The guy who has really been great is Chris Harris JR. Just back from an ACL tear, he has been ranked by ProFootballfocus.com as the number 2 cornerback in all of football.. Clearly a guy who is going to earn a pay raise after this season.

Up next are the New York Jets and there’s NO reason to think this game should be even close. The Jets have perhaps the worst offense in football and made it across midfield only ONCE in the entire game in a 31-0 shellacking from the San Diego Chargers this Sunday. The defense isn’t much better and this game really should end at something like 45-0. Still, there’s a reason why they play the games and anything could happen. If you’re in Vegas though, put your money on the Broncos to win this one and win it big.

The offense is back to it’s fast paced, big play form and it’s defense is playing with some guts and mojo. This doesn’t bode well for the AFC West or the rest of the NFL.

Good luck Jets.

2014 NFL First Quarter Power Rankings


RaiduhsAccording to the Caveman

One quarter of this season is in the books. A lot of changes have been made from the pre-season rankings, and now we have a pretty good idea who are contenders and who are failsauce.

32. Oakland Raiders (0-4) – Wow. This team sucks so much. They just fired head coach Dennis Allen, but even Vince Lombardi couldn’t win here. Rookie QB Derek Carr was a lone bright-ish spot, but he may be out a while with a knee injury. If I could feel bad for the dirty silver and black, I would. This team has a very good chance of going 0-16.

31. Jacksonville Jaguars (0-4) – At this point, even Kevin has to admit that this team is total crap. This supposedly solid defense has given up an average of 38 points per game. Wretched.

30. Tennessee Titans (1-3) – This team is poop. It doesn’t matter how bad their division is, they have no hope.

29. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-3) – The Bucs finally won a game in week 4 against the Steelers, and are now on pace to go 4-12. That sounds about right.

28. Washington Redskins (1-3) – I thought they’d climb the rankings with Cousins starting in place of RG3. But Captain Kirk is a backup for a reason. And the rest of the team is so bad, it doesn’t matter much anyway.

27. St. Louis Rams (1-2) – Never was a big fan of Bradford, but the Rams do seem to be missing him. The defense is surprisingly soft

26. New York Jets (1-3) – Geno Smith started the season looking like he might actually be a serviceable starting QB. Then he started throwing to other teams more than his own.
Viqueens25. Minnesota Vikings (2-2) – A lot of people have the Vikings squarely in the middle of their power rankings, but I’m not convinced. They’ve won a couple of blowouts, and looked horrendous in their two losses. Bridgewater does look surprisingly good.

24. New England Patriots (2-2) – It’s really difficult to put the Patriots all the way down here and feel legit about it. But all the other teams above them on this list would beat them in a head-to-head, so this is where they are. Let’s face it: the Patriots are not for real…and that’s spectacular!

23. New Orleans Saints (1-3) – Another team falling rapidly. The defense is bad, and the offense doesn’t look like it should. The talent is there, but something’s missing. I still think they can turn it around, but it’s looking pretty bad for da Who Dat’s.

22. Cleveland Browns (1-2) – The highest ranked of the 1-win teams are the Cleveland Browns. The Browns lost by 3 points to Pittsburgh and 2 points to Baltimore. They look okay on defense, and Hoyer the Destroyer is the surprise QB of the season. I can see this team going 8-8.

21. Pittsburgh Steelers (2-2) – The Steelers have looked good in exactly one game – against Carolina. The once legendary defense is one of the worst in football. Their strength is now their offense, particularly their run game. I don’t think there’s a better 1-2 combo than Le’Veon Bell and LeGarrette Blount.

20. Carolina Panthers (2-2) – The Panthers looked like the Panthers for the first twoCam games. Then their defense decided to not give a crap anymore, giving up 75 points in their last two games. Cam needs to get healthy soon.

19. Buffalo Bills (2-2) – They would be higher, but Kyle Orton Is now the starter. Yuck.

18. Miami Dolphins (2-2) – They don’t make ‘em more average than this. Major kudos to them for not only beating the Raiders, but then proceeding to stomp them into the dirt with an iron boot to the throat. They have some drive for a mediocre team.

17. New York Giants (2-2) – Ex-Bronco Robert Ayers is going all beast-mode for them, and the Playbook of Eli is actually effective. Finally, for the first time in 18+ games, he looks like he gets it.

16. Dallas Cowboys (3-1) – The Cowboys have surprised everyone by having a decent defense. Meanwhile, the offense has figured out how to be good with Tony Romo as QB: rely on a great run game.

15. Chicago Bears (2-2) – Da Bears. Like the Steelers, the once dominant defense now sucks. And like the Steelers, they have a bipolar QB. But they have more talent than the Steelers.

14. Atlanta Falcons (2-2) – They have a lot of issues to be this high, but Matty Ice is the equalizer. The offense is good enough to go punch-for-punch with anyone.

13. Houston Texans (3-1) – This team is legit. If you put a top-10 QB in there, they might be nearly Broncos-level. Forget defensive player of the year, J.J. Watt should be MVP.
 Cheifs12. Kansas City Chiefs (2-2) – This is a totally different team with Jamaal Charles playing. Who said that running backs don’t matter anymore? The Broncos could learn from them…

11. San Francisco 49ers (2-2) – Defense covers a multitude of sins, and there are not many defenses better than San Francisco’s.

10. Green Bay Packers (2-2) – Green Bay looks like a team that’s slowly starting to figure everything out. They will make the playoffs, and I’m still not convinced that they are only the second-best team in the division. I think that they will overtake the Lions…

9. Detroit Lions (3-1) – …who are having themselves a nice start to the season. Detroit is doing everything right: playing defense, and adding just enough offense to pull out wins.

8. Indianapolis Colts (2-2) – After starting 0-2, the Colts got everything clicking in the last two weeks, putting 40’s on the board against two bad division rivals. Their weak division is their benefit for making the playoffs, but will bite (and has bitten) them when they actually play good teams.

7. Baltimore Ravens (3-1) – I’ll admit, the Ravens kind of scare me. Kubiak’s offensive scheme is already getting huge results, and they look like a team that could make some noise in the AFC.

6. Philadelphia Eagles (3-1) – The offense had an off game against the Niners, scoring exactly zero points. Some of that was San Fran’s good, but a lot of it was Philly’s bad. They’ll bounce back.

5. Arizona Cardinals (3-0) – How can a team with a below-average QB (who’s been injured) be this good? By doing everything right, especially coaching. If the Cards’ coaching staff were in Denver, the Broncos would be one of the best teams in football history.

4. San Diego Chargers (3-1) – This team has it all: a sizzling QB, talented skill players, and a thumping defense. Denver will be neck and neck with them all season.

3. Cincinnati Bengals (3-0) – Wow, what a defense. Best in the NFL right now. And anbengals offensive line that makes QB’s everywhere shed jealous tears. Could this be the year of the tiger?

2. Denver Broncos (2-1) – I thought about dropping them below the Bengals and Chargers, but I wizened up. This team is still the best in the AFC. That said, if the playoffs were to start right now, the Broncos would be the 6-seed. I hope that the pathetic excuse for coaching and play calling we’ve seen so far is intentional sandbagging, with the hope that this team can “peak” at the right time.

1. Seattle Seahawks (2-1) – What can I say, they beat the Broncos. They wouldn’t have won on a neutral field, nor would they have won if Denver had good coaching. But the fact of the matter is that they deserve to be in the #1 spot. For now.

Game of the Week – Iggles beat Niners in San Fran Land


According to Mr Gillikin,

I’m a devout Denver Broncos fan and since they’re on a bye this weekend I decided to write about my favorite game of the week.

So without further ado…

3-0 Philly heads West to take on the Jim Harbaugh, Colin Kaepernick led 2-1 49ers.

BoldinThe 9ers have been touted as one of the leagues top teams since, well….since March. I have been very open in disagreeing with the assessment and I really don’t understand why people think this is a top 3 or even top 5 team.

“Look at their defense”, “Look at their depth”, “Look at their QB”, “Look at their coach”.

Blah blah you don’t know what you’re talking about blah.

The last few seasons their defense has been near the top in the league and they got consistent production from their front seven and backfield. BUT then they lost their best D player, Navorro Bowman to a brutal ACL tear in the postseason. They lost superstar pass rusher Aldon Smith to…being an idiot. They lost Big hitting Safety Whitner to the Browns (the Cleveland Browns that is…..) They lost more depth to free agency or just to cuts and now have a top CB with the name of Tremaine Brock….ever heard of him?  Point is, the defense isn’t as good as it was and there’s no reason to think it’ll be an elite defense all season.

As for their depth, the only position I see it all that clearly is at WR. Boldin, Crabtree,Conte Brandon Lloyd, Stevie Johnson…respectable. But great? Eh. Their best receiver is Tight End, Vernon Davis. The receiving corp is wildly unpredictable and I don’t even know if they’re a strength of the team. As for the depth on the rest of the team….I don’t see it. I imagine people smarter than me can point out where the depth is but as an outside observer and impartial fan, I don’t see the incredible depth that people keep talking about.

As for their QB….he has the skills, he has the arm, the legs and the talent around him but there’s one thing it appears he doesn’t have and it’s rather important. A brain. He makes way too many mistakes to be even mentioned in the same breath as Russell Wilson or Andrew Luck and in some ways I think Alex Smith gives a team a better shot at winning a game. Disagree? Good for you.

San Francisco 49ers v Dallas CowboysJim Harbaugh is all fire and brimstone and gutsy and ballsy and a winner and etc,…I see a guy who loses his cool and has lost the locker room. Again, 49ers fans keep telling me that it’s a bunch of crap and I know nothing and I should just stop talking about things I know nothing about. Well, ask any “expert”, something is NOT right about this team. Something is off and as the saying goes, where there’s smoke there’s fire and I’m seeing a lot of smoke.

In other words, the 49ers are the most overrated team in the NFL this season and I don’t even have them as a top ten team.

Oh, there’s another team in this match up? Right…the Iggles.

Caveman’s Game of the Week; Week 4 – Chiefs vs Patriots


NFL 2014 Season Week 4 – Game of the Week
According to the Caveman

Lyncher3A Denver Broncos bye week always sucks for me. It’s even worse when it comes after a loss (that shouldn’t have been a loss) to a team that blew us out in the Super Bowl. But that’s a topic I’ve already beaten to death.

The loss of a Broncos football Sunday is soothed by a great lineup of games. We have the struggling Green Bay Packers facing the underperforming Chicago Bears. We have the two surprise AFC teams thus far in Houston and Buffalo squaring up. Philly and San Francisco is definitely interesting. But the game that I’m going to be most interested in is a less flashy showdown between the New England Patriots and the Kansas City Chiefs.

This is a game that has a very interesting association for the Broncos: which of these competitors from a year ago has fallen the farthest? Last year, the Chiefs went 11-5, grabbing the first Wild Card berth with an iron fist. Only a magical playoff comeback by Andrew Luck kept them from winning a playoff game. Kansas City was good last year. So were the Patriots – Tom Brady and his wide-receiving corps of nobodies went 12-4, losing to the Broncos in the AFC Championship.

What has happened?

The Pats have had a horrible start to the season. Putrid, in fact. After getting utterlyBrady dominated by the Miami Dolphins (a team that looks squarely mediocre), the Pats managed to get a win against the Adrian Peterson-less Vikings (aka a team with no good players) and BARELY scrape out a win AT HOME against the worst team in the NFL in the Oakland Raiders. The Pats’ score sheet says 2-1, and yes, wins and losses are the only stats that really count. But if I were a fan in New England, I’d be worried sick that this team will only win 7-8 games.

There are only two explanations I have for the struggle this team is facing. First, the loss of Logan Mankins is a sign that the Belichick Way is starting to crumble. After Mankins (the Pats’ best offensive lineman by far) refused to take a ridiculous pay cut, Darth Hoodie traded him for basically nothing. The result is a much weaker offensive line protecting Tom Brady. Which brings me to my second reason – Tom Brady is going downhill quickly. Right before the season started, Brady famously stated that he would only retire once he sucks. Well, that time could well be approaching. Brady has been AWFUL the past three weeks, going 67 for 114 and only 3 TD’s. Thank goodness he has no INT’s. The even worse stat line (for Patriots fans, I personally love it): Brady is 3 for 20 on passes that travel more than 15 yards. That is horrendous! He can literally only dink-and-dunk, and it’s not working. Patriots fans should be afraid. They should be very afraid.

NFL: Tennessee Titans at Kansas City ChiefsThe other team in my matchup of the week also had a rough start. The Chiefs looked helpless at home versus the Tennessee Titans. They looked much better against the Broncos (albeit against a Broncos team that was in prevent defense the entire second half). And then they pounded the Dolphins. Kansas City – a team that started out with 9 straight wins in 2013 – is now 1-2, looking up at both the Broncos and Chargers. What happened there? Again, key losses have hurt them., but I think the problem runs deeper. Kansas City was not a true playoff team last year. Some magic mojo happened with Andy Reid, but that was an 8-8 Chiefs team that just got lucky. This year, the Chiefs are the same boat. They have good players and a good coach. But they are only a decent team, also destined to miss the playoffs.

This matchup has less to do with the victory of the winner, and more to do with the deep doo-doo the loser will be in. Both teams are in dire straits, but this game could potentially break one of them beyond repair in 2014. Who am I picking? I think Kansas City wins by 10. It’s in Arrowhead, and I think the core of KC’s team is stronger than NE’s.

Looking forward to it.

Broncos vs Seahawks recap – You Can Whine About This One


By Eric Caveman

LyncherWhat the hell did I just watch on Sunday? The Denver Broncos did their darndest to repeat their Super Bowl performance by turning the ball over on their first drive. Thank you, Montee Ball. Thank you for showing us that you are nowhere near as good as Knowshon Moreno. But hey, the Broncos gave Know-show 5 years to get his act together…is that what it’s going to take you too?

Anyway, Ball was the least of Denver’s problems. For 3 full quarters, Denver managed one decent drive capped by a field goal. This, the greatest offense in the history of the NFL, held to 3 points in 3 quarters. The sad thing is this: that the Seattle Seahawks’ defense was not the biggest obstacle to the Denver offense. No, the reason the Broncos scored one field goal in 45 minutes of play was sitting on the visitor’s sideline.

I don’t know if it’s Foxy’s fault or Adam Gase’s fault (even PFM might have a little blameSEA in it), but the offensive play calling was what killed Denver’s drives. I’m a huge proponent of establishing the run, but let me tell you something – CONSISTANTLY running Ball into a huge pile of 300-pound men is NOT the way to establish the ground game. In fact, it will never work. You will lose yards, you will lose turnovers, and you will lose games. That’s not how the great running game of the Shanahan era happened. RB’s from Terrell Davis to Clinton Portis were given opportunities to double-reverse. To run around the pile, for crap’s sake. Seattle’s defense was good. But the Broncos’ horrible play calling was the true enemy.

Don’t believe me? Look at what happened when the Broncos got desperate. Through 3 and ½ quarters, they tried to run up the middle, and sprinkled in some poorly-designed screen plays. Then, at the last desperate moment, they let Peyton throw down the field. What happened? Two touchdowns. Yes, there was a pick from Seattle’s D, but I’ll take a 2-to-1 TD-to-INT ratio over absolutely nothing. The Broncos were deep in their own territory with 50 seconds left and no timeouts. And they scored a touchdown. And a 2-point conversion. If they had called that kind of game for 60 minutes, the Broncos would have BLOWN OUT the Seahawks. If the Broncos had called that kind of game for one damn quarter, they would have won easily. Screw Seattle’s defense. This one is all on the Broncos. The friggin’ Chargers figured it out, and gave us the blueprint last week. Did Denver follow it? Nope. Does anybody miss Mike McCoy yet? I do.

BallThat’s the offense. The defensive side of the ball has a similar story. We all have a bad taste in our mouths from Overtime…but I’ll get back to that later. During the first 60 minutes, the Broncos D played pretty well. They gave up two touchdowns, but both field goals came off of turnovers. Really, if the Denver defense holds a team to 20 points, that should be good enough for a win, right? And they had a safety, which definitely shows some toughness on that side of the ball. So effectively, the defense just gave up 18 points, definitely doing enough for a win, and the offense simply didn’t do its job (see above).

Until overtime, that is. Then the Broncos defense crumpled like a weightlifting benchPete Carroll, John Fox made of sauerkraut. I’ll give you one guess why. (Jeopardy music). What is play calling? CORRECT! You just proved that you know football better than John Fox.
The Seahawks won the toss. Yes that sucks, but let’s not blame the cosmos. Seattle has the ball at their own 20-yard line. If the Broncos can stop them, there is a good chance to win the game. So what does Fox decide to do? Prevent defense of course! Let’s rush 3, maybe 4, and hope that Super Bowl winning QB Russell Wilson makes a mistake on his own. Brilliant, just brilliant. By the time the Seahawks were in the red zone, it was too late. Play calling had directly lost this game. This game that meant so much to the Denver fan base. This game that would have established the Broncos as a no-nonsense Super Bowl team. This game that could have shut up the millions of Seahawk bandwagon fans. But no, now we have two weeks to think about a loss that we dealt to ourselves.

I just asked Broncos fans to stop whining until horrid play calling actually lost us a game. Well, feel free to resume. It just happened.