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Mind Games: Broncos Beat Patriots in OT

October 11, 2009

Kyle O.This game had already been won. Yes execution was important, and play calling was key, but this game the Broncos were winning this entire week. Because, the Broncos did not win this with their players, they won it with their coach and their minds. At the end of the day, it all came down to who had the best game plan.

Josh McDaniels, had created the best game plan and had the best understanding of the other team. Therefore, the Broncos won. It is the perfect example of the apprentice beating the master and the best part, is that there were no hard feelings between the two coaches. It was just a fun game to watch.

Here we are going to break down both the offense and defense and how they played in our 20-17 win in OT.

broncosbarOffense: 

For the first time this season, Kyle Orton had the game in his hands. We all knew he couldn’t play game manager forever, and we finally got to see what he could do win the game was in his hands and he had to actually make some plays. The results came in the form of more than 300 yards as well as 2 touchdowns. He also had an interception but that was a hail mary play with 2 seconds left in the first half. So we are not going to count that.

Knowshon Moreno didn’t score any points, but he certainly had an impact. He ran for 88 yards and had 36 yards through the air as well. LaMont Jordan also ran the ball a few times but didn’t do anything and had only 9 yards on 3 carries. 

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On the bright side though we saw the reincarnation of the great Broncos Wide Receivers. Eddie Royal had 10 catches for 90 yards, more than he has had the entire season. Brandon Marshall caught 8 passes and had 2 touchdowns. Jabar Gaffney also had a good game. He caught 6 passes for 61 yards, all in twisted socks. 

It would also be wrong of me to leave out our Tight Ends who stepped up in key plays. Tony Scheffler who played with an injury looked sharp with 4 catches and 45 yards. Daniel Graham had 3 catches for 36 yards. Graham broke A LOT of tackles and was a key part to multiple drives.

Finally I would like to talk a bit about the Wildcat Offense we used today or as the commentators put it, the “Wild Horse” offense. It was utterly useless. It was fun to watch, but it was useless. The Patriots shut it down all day, and not once did we really throw it in the wildcat. Almost every single time we ran it and its only use was to make it look like we would have a Knowshon Moreno run and then motion Kyle Orton in.  Like I said, it was useless. 

If I were the Broncos, I wouldn’t bring it back. 

broncosbarDefense: 

Elvis Dumervil had a rarity today, as he wasn’t able to sack the Quarterback. Actually, the entire defense had a rarity, as NO ONE sacked the Quarterback. There is no doubt that the defense looked good today, but our biggest problem was that we weren’t able to put any pressure on Tom Brady. We are lucky he didn’t throw all over us.

But that is why we have our Defensive Backs. 

Brian Dawkins couldn’t have looked better. He had 5 tackles, 2 assists and looked great in coverage. There were a couple of hard hits and batted down passes. One of the passes he batted down would have been a touchdown had it not been for his great play. 

Champ Bailey did very well also. But that is mainly due to the great game plan that Mike Nolan and Josh McDaniels put in place. We all know that the backbone of Tom Bradys’ success is when he throws the deep ball to Randy Moss. Therefore, the Broncos put Bailey on Randy Moss and that is why the star receiver had only 1 catch. 

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While Wes Welker ran over most of the defense, containing him was very hard so I am going to give the Broncos a break on that one. The fact that Randy Moss couldn’t do anything is the reason our defense succeeded and because of that we won. 

Finally, I do need to say something on Special Teams. It was one of the most poorly coached special teams plays I have ever seen. Special Teams coach Mike Priefer is lucky that he isn’t getting his walking papers after today. We had two penalties on punts that gave back the Patriots possession and couldn’t return any kicks or punts.

They should all be coming in early for practice tomorrow.

broncosbarThis was an uplifting win to say the least. There is nothing bad that critics can say about the Broncos anymore. We are an elite team, and I have a feeling we will be playing the Patriots again in the post-season. Yes, I think we will make the post season. 

Next week we will be in San Diego. Go Broncos!!!

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2 Comments
  1. Jon Krause permalink
    October 11, 2009 4:29 PM

    wait that Hoilday play was not a sack??

  2. Jon Krause permalink
    October 11, 2009 4:31 PM

    I knew it! he did! lol –> http://www.nfl.com/gamecenter/2009101110/2009/REG5/patriots@broncos#tab:analyze

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