The Broncos "Juggernaut" ... hmm, what about lately???

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    The Broncos "Juggernaut" ... hmm, what about lately???

    Seems near everyone in the media has slobbered over themselves regarding the Broncos amazing offense, that has broken many NFL records this year.

    But, if you ask the question, "What have you done for me lately, you see a bit of a different picture:

     

    First 8 Regular Season Games (Denver played 8 before bye, Pats played 9)

    Points For (per game): Denver, 42.9 New England, 22.4

    Points Against (per game): Denver, 27.3 New England, 18.0


    Next 5 Regular Season Games

    Points For (per game): Denver, 34.4 New England, 34.0

    Points Against (per game): Denver, 25.4 New England, 28.6

     

    Last 4 Games of Season (3 Regular Season + 1 Playoff Game)

    Points For (per game): Denver, 28.8 New England, 34.5

    Points Against (per game): Denver, 17.8 New England, 18.3

     

    Of course, none of this means the Broncs can't explode for 50 on any given day, especially if turnovers go their way. But the impression that they are marching over teams like Sherman through Georgia is a bit dated.

    What is of note is that improving defense has had as much to do with Denver's second half success as anything. But with Harris now out...hopefully, that D will be at a noticeable disadvantage.

     

     
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    Re: The Broncos

    JuggerNOT

     
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    Re: The Broncos

    Those numbers are revealing. The Broncos offense is on a downward trend. The Patriots offense is on an upward trend. The Patriots defense started out strong, then injuries hit and they took a dive but are now settling in nicely. The Broncos defense has improved all year but they just lost their best LB and best DB so they are vulnerable.

     
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    It drives me crazy to listen to season stats, rushing and passing yards allowed per game and media getting blinded by stats and ignoring injuries

     
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    Quibbles:  Denver's numbers both on offense and defense were going down because it got cold and the wind picked up as the season progressed.  Cold, wet footballs are harder to grab.  Also, the dividing lines between the three above categories may have been cherry-picked.  Finally, Denver plays its share of bunnies out west.

    However, that doesn't explain the New England offense's growth. 

    At least one pundit claimed that San Diego began moving the ball last week only after Denver's cornerback went out.  That trend would be hard to measure here in terms of multiple game averages.

     

     
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    Re: The Broncos

    Funny, it's almost like our 2007 season.  By the end of the season D coordinators had made the offense look more human.  It was still very good, but not unstoppable.  The Eagles game was the turning point that year.

     
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    All sorts of spin coming out about this game all week long.  You can take any stat and spin it whichever way you want to make it look like Denver or the Pats in a cake walk.  It is what happens on the field, not in the media or fans' head, that decides the game.  We'll know in about 20 hours or so, won't we?

     
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    Re: The Broncos

    In response to digger0862's comment:

    Those numbers are revealing. The Broncos offense is on a downward trend. The Patriots offense is on an upward trend. The Patriots defense started out strong, then injuries hit and they took a dive but are now settling in nicely. The Broncos defense has improved all year but they just lost their best LB and best DB so they are vulnerable.



    Exactly.  Good post as always, digger.  The Pats defense has proven that they can adjust to key injuries.  Can the Broncos?  I think not.  "Teambuilding," which BB is scrutinized here for daily, will prove to be the deciding factor.  The Pats are deeper than the Donkeys.  

    Pats win 34-28

     
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    the patriots are a better all-around team and they are playing at a higher level right now

     
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    I can't explain it totally but the Pats toughness and determination and BBs mental dominance tell me that the Pats will not only win but will win big.  Out of all the adversity something pretty special has developed in this team.  

     
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