View Full Version : Sportcenter's midweek crisis teams
09-15-2005, 12:12 AM
Jets, Vikings, Packers, Rams and Broncos.
I don't know a lot about football yet (I'm gonna, this site is my college) but I find it hard to believe that these teams showed their entire season form on a bad 1st day.
Every team can have a miserable day.
My Glasgow Rangers (soccer team) lost 3-0 at home to Hibernian (not a good team) and drew 1-1 with Falkirk (crap team) in the league then won in the Champions League against a team that won the superbowl of European soccer in 2004.
Teams have off days.
I has crazy pissed off on Sunday.
However, given time to think and examine, I (almost) pity San Diego for the wrath they are gonna get this weekend.
My FFL teams I have filled with my Bronco players, because what I have learned from being a sports fan, is PROUD teams like the Broncos (and like my "soccer" team) do not take kindly to bad days.
San Diego will feel the wrath.
09-15-2005, 12:21 AM
The Jets, Vikings, Broncos, shouldnt and arent in panic mode.
The Packers are tho, they just arent a good team IMO. The Rams might be in panic mode if they cant beat AZ, but they still are in a crap divison where the winner will be 9-7
09-15-2005, 01:43 AM
As much as I'd like to find comfort in your enthusiasm, I'm unsettled by last week's game.
No, that's not true at all. I'm pessimistic and here's why:
The Broncos fell apart in every way they've fallen apart in the recent past. The difference last week was only that everything fell apart at the same time. The weaknesses exposed in the Miami game were the same weaknesses we hoped had been addresses to greater or lesser degree.
We knew we hadn't improved the offensive line, which everyone acknowledged was lacking, nor had we shored up the receiver corps. Rod has lost another half a step. (But, thank the good Lord above, he's lost none of his heart. I don't think he even understands the concept of losing heart.) Ashley's "breakout" year is getting off to a rough start (Run, Ashley, run!) and I'm not sure anyone has sufficient confidence in Watts' grip.
The d-line didn't deliver the pressure we hoped they would, but that might have been in part because the receivers were open against our depleted secondary. When our linebackers blitzed, that only exposed us that much more. Jake Van Pelt looked like he might has well have been Brad Lee Plummer. What difference would it have made? We ran between the tackles with a Tatum who isn't built or wired for that kind of game, because we didn't "deign" to have a power back dress.
Was it a fluke that everything went wrong on one afternoon? Yes, I think so. I would never have guessed a 34-10 score. (And let's get real, those last 7 points were as flukey as they come. The score should have been 27-10.)
But was the defeat a fluke? Nope. I don't think so. The weaknesses are real. This may be the only total collapse we'll see this year. The problem is this: It only takes weakness to lose against the schedule we have this year. Failure doesn't hinge on collapse. Weakness is all it takes.
The Broncos will play most games this year much better than they played this one. They'll lose most of their games by closer margins.
09-15-2005, 02:19 AM
Shanahan will right the ship... Whether it stays righted... Well, that's another matter.
09-15-2005, 05:29 AM
At 0-2 last season I wasn't too concerned about KC. They just lost to a good Denver team in the home opener and the defensing AFC champions at home. The defense that they played had me a little concerned and of course, once they went 0-3 and lost at home to the Texans, the writing on the wall was that it was going to be one of those years.
Denver, at the very least, must split these next two games at home. Of course, more importantly, must just play better.
The 0-3 Chiefs went into Baltimore and looked like the team I thought they could be. Then beat Atlanta and Indy at home. A glimmer of hope. It wasn't to be with that defense.