In response to DeadAhead2's comment:
One of my favorite movies of all time is LA Confidential. Just a gem of a movie. If no one has seen it, run out and buy it and you can thank me later.
Anyway, there is a classic shootout scene at the end, when Russell Crowe's character, Bud White, turns to his colleague, Exley, and says:
"This is as good as any place for it to end, isn't it?"
Yep. Sure is.
The arrogance and self righteousness of Elway, Bowlen, Manning, etc, and to have a shot as the underdog to finally see Brady exercise the demons for his AFC title game showings, on the road for the first time since 2004. What more do you want?
I can think of no better situation. The Pats have been cast off all year and we know about the injuries. But, they have guts, character, camaraderie and are not entitled like Denver.
I love being in this position because I could not take another Brady disappointment at home. At least, if they lose, they will go down swinging and Brady may get that fire lit a bit to string 2 good or great postseason games together for once.
I mean, if you want a breaking point, this is it. It's what I wanted.
Anyway, the strategies....
1. RUn the ball and run it some more until Denver's crappy LBs and Safeties start biting in the box and then you can get your playaction just like the last 3 games we've seen.
2. Get everyone involved, especially Develin, Hooman/Mulligan on designed check downs, as well as specific plays targeting the perimeter to Thompkins, Edelman and hopefully, Dobson. This will expose Denver's mid field coverage worse, later on once playaction is ready. hopefully by the 2nd qtr or halftime.
3. Do not panic. Even if you get behind, stick to the running and strategic use of Vereen.
The big secret with Denver is to not be so scared of their passing attack, if you have the horses to compete.
Moreno is not great, but he's certainly good enough and he gets advantages with how their offense sells a pass.
Then, they just run draws.
This is why we match up well. In man and zone, we can handle their passing. The front 7, mainly 5 players (Nink, Siliga, C.Jones and Chandler with Flecther) will need to take out Moreno/Ball with the run.
That's your ballgame right there.
Do what you normally do vs Gomie:
1. MIx man and zones, don't show it until the snap.
2. Contain/stop the run. This is vital and an underrated element in this game. Last game, BB baited Gomer, but I bet they try to make it a priority to take pressure off Gomie.
3. Get a turnover or more than 1.
This is NOT a good match up for Denver, regardless of what the media will try to sell you.
You are so on point..and we all know that Bill is at his best when we are the underdog..I actually like the situation..it is what it is..so man up and play smart..and please do not bail on that running game!! I want 35-40 runs and 22-25 passes..GO pats..