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Saturday’s Horsing Around With Jon Krause

October 18, 2008

Just so you know guys, Jon Krause has moved to a new blog that is a better version of the original Denver Broncos News By Jon. It is called Broncos Zone and is fantastic. I suggest you all check it out!

NFL Week 7, October 20th, 2008. Denver Broncos (4-2) Vs. New England Patriots (3-2)-Monday Night Football ESPN! Oh boy, oh boy! What a game it’ll be. The last time we played on ESPN the resaults were satisfying to say the least. Not that being NATIONAL TELEVISION has anything to do with how a game is played-NOT!Mike Shanahan owns the Pats, he has a 9-3 record against them. But dwelling on that is not something we wanna do: “I don’t think that you really think about what you have done in the past,”  Coach Shanny said. “We have to get ready for this game.” The last time the teams met was in 2006 when Jake Plummer tossed two TD’s to Javon Walker and we won 17-7. This is a very big game for bothteams. Coming off losses they both need to rebound, the Broncos if they win can hold on to their grasp of the AFC West, and the Pats’ need a win if they wanna have a chance of beating the Bills and fighting Jets for the AFC East. 

Next week is our bye and “No one wants to go into a bye on a loss, So hopefully we’re going to go out there, have a good showing and go into the bye week on a good feeling while we’re resting.”Said Bronocs end Ekuban. The big match-up that’s got people talking is the Pats #15 ranked ‘D’ against the Broncos #4 ranked ‘O’. (Yes we’re ranked 4th!) Going to New England will be rough, but with out Tom Brady the Pats are just “the Pat’s” before they were “Tom Brady, and the Pats”.

It’s a whole new ball game for them. The big thing is this: Will Mate Cassel have a good day or bad day? Will Denver’s ‘D’ show up? Will Jay start playing like he did at the beginning of the year? And will Micheal Pittman be our running back? And will Tony Scheffler, Selvin Young, and Eddie Royal be able to play? These questions will determine the game. The biggest one is how will the QB’s play? I think whoever has a better day, Matt or Jay, his team will win.

Like last week I am going to keep doing the Passing Case, Running Case, and ‘D’ Case, so let’s look at the Cases:

Passing Case:Denver Broncos: Jay Cutler, 94.8 QB rating, 146 completions, 1694 passing yards, 12 TD’s, and 5 INT’s. Fav target: Brandon Marshall, 43 catches, 521 yards, and 3 TD’s. NE Patriots: Matt Cassel, 78.1 QB rating, 92 completions, 910 yards, 3 TD’s and 4 INT’s. Fav target: Wes Welker (hey if you think it’s Randy Moss, then you got problems) 36 catches, 324 yards, and 0 TD’s, Winner: The Broncos win the Passing case in a LAND SLIDE.

Rushing Case:NE Patriots: Sammy Morris, 53 carries, 169 yards, 3.2 yards a rush, and 3 TD’s. Leading blocker (FB) Heath Evans, Evans has 4 rushes and only 9 yards, but he’s a great blocker, for pass and rush. Denver Broncos: Michael Pitttman, 49 carries, 228 yards, 4.7 yards a rush, and 4 TD’s. Man is he a back! He’s got heart to say the least. He’s got some POWER! When he lowers his shoulder you better not get in his way! Leading blocker (FB) Spencer Larsen, has not carried the ball yet, but he started last week and blocked for Pittman who rushed for 109 yards, so I think he’s pretty good. Winner: The Broncoswin the rushing case, if they keep up what they were able to do last week, and start scoring TD’s again, then they can be the best in the league again. But they are still better than the Pats, however, the Patriots running has improved.

‘D’ Case:Broncos: Ranked 24th in points, 30th in yards, 32 in pass yards, and 26th in rush yards. Total INT’s 2, Total sacks 11, Most tackles: D.J. Williams, 53 tackles, 2 sacks. Boy are those sad numbers. Come on guys. NE Patriots: Ranked 25th in points, 21th in yards, 22 in pass yards, 18th in rush yards. Total INT’s 5, Total sacks 7. Most tackles: Rodney Harrison, 40 tackles, 0 sacks. Winner: Patriots, not often do you find a team that’s ‘D’ is worse than the Pat’s but right now we stink, and it’s so sad. The Pat’s did not win because they are good, they won because we are pathetic.

Here is some notes from NFL.com’s game preview, you can view it here. “Keep your eye on …
Cutler’s clean jersey: The Broncos’ offensive line has allowed only two sacks this season, allowing Jay Cutler to throw for 1,694 yards and 12 touchdowns. The Patriots have had trouble getting to the quarterback this year, having registered only seven sacks on the season. They didn’t get close to Rivers last week, but will need to put pressure on Cutler.

Who is running for the Broncos: Michael Pittmanrushed for 109 yards last week for Denver and will likely start again with Selvin Young nursing a groin injury. The Patriots are allowing close to 120 rushing yards per game.

New England looking deep: The Patriots, who had some success going long against the 49ers in Week 5, averaged just 5 yards per pass play against the Chargers. The Broncos rank last in the NFL, allowing 256 passing yards per game. Don’t be surprised if Matt Cassel goes deep to Randy Moss early in order to stretch the Broncos’ defense.

Did you know?
Denver has a 9-3 record against the Patriots under coach Mike Shanahan. … Broncos kicker Matt Prater leads the AFC with 56 points. … Cutler is 2-2 all-time on Monday Night Football … New England receiver Wes Welker ranks second in the NFL with 148 receptions since 2007. … Patriots safety Rodney Harrison has five career interceptions against the Broncos.

No game preview video this week, but here is a very tired looking Pat’s head Coach Bill Belichick on Broncos’ Offense: Belichick talks to the press about Denvers ‘O’ Video. And our “man” Michael Pittman sealing the victory in Week 5 : Pittman Video

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