Re: What I came away with last night
posted at 9/6/2013 9:01 AM EDT
In response to rkarp's comment:
I came away impressed with the Broncos, and thought a few things stood out
-Mannings arm strength looks much improved over last year. I thought he was unable to make all the throws last year, but this year that does not seem to be the case. I wonder if his injury is such that he gets stronger as the season progresses or does he get weaker?
-Wes was Wes.....which is very, very good.
-I thought the Ravens OL would be pretty good this year, but the Broncos DT controlled the LOS. What will this defense look like if they stay healthy and Miller and Bailey come back at their usual level. I would love to see Vince and Kelly control the line in the same manner, garnering double teams allowing Nink and Jones to beat TE or RB in pass protection
-Colquitt was a very good weapon last night
-can Boyce or Dobson grow into DThomas?
-Dallas Clarke looked like Dallas Clarke. If not for Sudfeld impressing so quickly, I would have bet Clarke would have been signed by the Pats
-Flacco obviously has great talent. He was undoubtably on top of his game at exactly the right time last year. But I really have a hard time putting him in my top 10 QB's this year...with him at 11-12 spot.
-Harbaugh did not have his best game last night, but he deserved his new contract based on his résumé....
The Broncos did look good, but the game was very close early on until injuries kicked on for the Ravens. Now I think the Broncos would have won anyway but I thought that Wes drop that wasnt challenged was the game changer and Bmore never recovered with their challenged passing game. I did think Bmore O-line looked every bit as good as they did the end of last year. I didnt see the Broncos controlling until the game got outta hand and Flacco HAD to pass. Early on the Line was giving Flacco years to throw, its just that they have no weapons. Clark was open all day but cant catch anymore it seems. T.Smith is good deep but cant be a posession WR and Stokely is gotta be close to 40 so not sure why they reloaded the D and not the O, but they are gonna struggle offensively if they get down. If the games close, Rice and Benard will keep them in it.
I wouldnt put too much stock into 1st game either way cuz no defense has gelled yet. For instance, the Julius kid looked unstoppable but against us, I bet he is shut down. Dude cant block to save his life and never hit by my count. ONce you get physical with him, its a wrap. He still looks like a Bball player, and BB will expose his lack of football experience.
Wes had an up and down game. Hands are suspect like I keep telling folks. he is a body catcher, not a hands catcher which is what I like about amendola.
One thing I noticed. Both teams had some form of intimidator out there in the back end.
Also another thing I noticed is a lack of chemistry with manning and Decker/Thomas. I wonder if Wes getting the ball so much is gonna mess with them. Decker looked off all night and I dont even recall seeing Thomas do anything outside of that one long play but I also was doing other things during game so.