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Old 12-17-2012, 10:27 AM   #1
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This rivalry doesn't have the same "Oomph" that it did in the 80s, when it seemed like we went up against the Browns every year in the playoffs. Since the "real" Browns moved to Baltimore, it hasn't been the same. Broncos finish with two games at home, sitting in complete control of their destiny. What could be wrong with that? Hard to get serious about the Browns and Chiefs. Maybe even thoughts of giving Brock some playing time? Even the Cleveland Plain Dealer can't get it up for this one:

Weeden has thrown for 3,281 yards in his rookie season, but has thrown just 14 touchdowns against 17 interceptions.

The Browns rank among the league's bottom half in pass and rush offense, as well as pass and rush defense.

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The game plan for this one should be: Peyton gets the fat lead in the first half. Brock comes in. Start putting in second stringers and make sure nobody gets hurt. Pound the ball with Hillman and Hester. Rest who you can.
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Old 12-17-2012, 10:31 AM   #2
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Now is not the time to rest the starters. One slip up, by Denver, likely means the loss of the bye. I don't see the Patriots losing to the Jaguars or the Dolphins...
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Old 12-17-2012, 10:34 AM   #3
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Now is not the time to rest the starters. One slip up, by Denver, likely means the loss of the bye. I don't see the Patriots losing to the Jaguars or the Dolphins...
I don't see Houston losing to the Vikes and the Colts either, so I consider the one seed a moot point.
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I don't see Houston losing to the Vikes and the Colts either, so I consider the one seed a moot point.
I'm not even talking about the #1 seed. We are holding on to the #2 seed, by the skin of our teeth...
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McGahee is coming back?

I would prefer he didnt
His fumbling could cost us a playoff game

Knowshon is doing a good job, no need to have McGahee poach touches
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I don't see Houston losing to the Vikes and the Colts either, so I consider the one seed a moot point.
Maybe not the Vikings, but the Colts played them tough in Houston and the next game is in Indy. I CAN see Houston losing that game but they may be resting their starters if they handle the Vikings they have HFA locked up anyway.
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Old 12-17-2012, 11:43 AM   #7
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Nobody thinks the Texans can lose to both the Vikings and Colts? The way Peterson is playing they can beat any team, and the Colts play tough at home.
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Nobody thinks the Texans can lose to both the Vikings and Colts? The way Peterson is playing they can beat any team, and the Colts play tough at home.
They already handled the Colts pretty convincingly. I guess anything could happen.
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Old 12-17-2012, 11:51 AM   #9
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Nobody thinks the Texans can lose to both the Vikings and Colts? The way Peterson is playing they can beat any team, and the Colts play tough at home.
Ponder is their starting QB. the best thing about him is he's engaged to ESPN's Samantha Steele.

the Colts i could see due to it being a division game. but the Texans are too good to lose to the Viks with it all on the line. then again, they're also schizo.
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If it's a blowout, some of the starters will get rested. I doubt Kuper plays at all as I think the team would be wise in allowing him to heal fully for the playoff run.
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Getting back McGahee and Kuper for the playoffs will be a huge boost. Lets just get up big early and rest our players in the second half so they aren't replacing other key players.
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Getting back McGahee and Kuper for the playoffs will be a huge boost. Lets just get up big early and rest our players in the second half so they aren't replacing other key players.
I don't want mcgahees fumbling ass back. Knowshow is showing up and doing fine and is securing the ball extremely well.

Need Kuper back though. Ramirez is terrible.
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I don't want mcgahees fumbling ass back. Knowshow is showing up and doing fine and is securing the ball extremely well.

Need Kuper back though. Ramirez is terrible.
As good as Moreno has been, he will probably continue to start, but having Mcgahee instead of hillman as the #2 would be a huge difference.
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We can't take any chances at this point. If NE somehow loses next week and we win, then we can talk about resting starters, but playing NE at home is a huge priority and we can't risk losing that advantage.

The starters should be playing until that scenario is iced away.
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We can't take any chances at this point. If NE somehow loses next week and we win, then we can talk about resting starters, but playing NE at home is a huge priority and we can't risk losing that advantage.

The starters should be playing until that scenario is iced away.
There are pros and cons. You're right. The one thing that worries me is a team losing its edge. We've all seen teams rest starters and then pay for it in the playoffs. On the other hand, rested players can bring a hell of a lot more to a big game. I imagine every coach has his own way of reaching a balance. I don't know enough about Fox to know what he'll do. I think if it's up to Peyton, everybody will play every minute.
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There are pros and cons. You're right. The one thing that worries me is a team losing its edge. We've all seen teams rest starters and then pay for it in the playoffs. On the other hand, rested players can bring a hell of a lot more to a big game. I imagine every coach has his own way of reaching a balance. I don't know enough about Fox to know what he'll do. I think if it's up to Peyton, everybody will play every minute.
The rest during a bye week is far more valuable than sitting for a quarter during a blowout.
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unless we're up 40-0 in the 4th we better not rest a damn thing.
i want Brock to get live game reps and i want our starters healthy but we're playing for the chance to host at least 1 playoff game and a bye. that's bigger than resting guys.
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unless we're up 40-0 in the 4th we better not rest a damn thing.
i want Brock to get live game reps and i want our starters healthy but we're playing for the chance to host at least 1 playoff game and a bye. that's bigger than resting guys.
Now that we are in control of the bye do what it takes to win than rest during the bye week. It's a no brainer.
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1. Beat Cleveland BAMN.

2. Tony Carter needs to man-up. Sick of him giving up big plays late in games that lead to unecessary scores. He (and the Safeties) are the weakest links in one of the leagues strongest Defenses.

3. Offense needs to get get ALOT better finishing drives to win in the playoffs. 10 points in the first-half against the Patriots is not going to cut it. Less than 30 for the entire game is probably not going to cut it either. I'm thinking it will take at least 34 to win that game (maybe more)...need to start firing on all cylinders.
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Cleland will be tough, it won't be blow out but we should win confortably
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Old 12-17-2012, 11:22 AM   #22
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Reading their media and message boards, it sounds like the air has gone out of them after losing to the Skins. I think they're just going to want to play out the string and put this season behind them.
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Old 12-17-2012, 11:24 AM   #23
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Cleveland will be tough, it won't be blow out but we should win comfortably
Yesterday's game was as close to a blowout as we've had, in a long time. Even then, we let them back in the game. I agree that it won't be a blowout. We don't step on throats. That's just not our style...
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We don't step on throats. That's just not our style...
True. We always get more conservative on both sides of the ball. After watching NE come back from a 31-3 deficit last night I hope John Fox realizes you can't do that sh*t on the playoffs. Gotta shoot to kill. Step on throat, do not let up.
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I agree with everything you said of the browns but

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thats not true. T.Rich has one of the worst YPC of all NFL RB. For an Top Five Pick, thats an disappointment.
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