|09-25-2007, 12:06 AM||#1|
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Indianapolis plays Denver again this weekend!
I sat down to watch Kubes best efforts against the 'Untouchables' yesterday morning (before watching the Broncs stand around and just take a beating like they didn't care - we've been here before attitude).
In watching the game, you have to wonder....Will the Broncos reciped for a gameplan succeed as the Texans did yesterday? Both teams are very similar...in fact, watch the highlights guys....Kubes is a chip off the old block. His play action bootleg touchdown was a script written by Shanny with a different cast of characters and slap a new label on it. His ingredients might be a bit different brand, but the recipe comes from the same playbook and the methodology is very similar. Take back a few interceptions yesterday for both teams and they could have very well ended in victory instead of a distasteful defeat.
Denver's 5 db set isn't enough to stop a lob pass into the end zone while Houston's 5 db set can't cover TE Clark. Both offenses sputter along but the numbers are uncanny!
Yesterday both teams fell behind early and were forced to give it their best effort through passing the ball. Jay Cutler passted for 222 yards while Schuab amounted 236 yards in the air (toss that pizza dough boys). Both qbs ended with par numbers throwing 1 td and 1-2 interceptions....late in the game in similar must-have situations.
The running game wasn't much to behold from either club, gaining 40 and 47 yards on 17 and 18 attempts. Seriously, is the playbook the same or is this just a coincidence? Denver's offense is averaging over 100 yard more per game (392 ypg vs. 305 ypg) but all things will balance out in the next 3 weeks when they face tougher defensive units in the Colts, Chargers, and Steelers. Denver currently averages a NFL third best of 6.3 yards per play while Houston is closely behind them with 5.3 yard per play.
Shannahan has called just 11 more pass plays than Kubes in 3 games, numbers that are not all that different considering there have been only 4 more run attempts by the Broncos. Denver averages 259 yards per game in the air while Houston average 215 yard per game. Running the rock both clubs have a very similar request with 88 attempts (Broncs - 4.5 ypc) and 84 attempts (Texans - 3.2 ypc) but average different numbers in output.
Houston has a better 3rd down percentage rate at 51% (20 for 39) success while Denver has faded to a below average rate of 44% (17 for 38) given their performance this past week. So wait, what am I missing.... the same play book thus far has produced 38 and 39 3rd down opportunities - weird stuff. Denver's TOP (time of possesion) is a whopping 93 minutes while Houstons is just 3 better at 96:40 after 3 games.
Tell me know, do you believe the end result will be the same this Sunday My prediction, Denver will have 235 yards in the air, 4.5 yards per carry and a couple of touchdowns....now if we could just work in that opening kickoff return for a touchdown...paging Hixon's demon
Okay, it's getting too boring now....end this now....Denver 24 - Indy 30
OH AND TAKE THE WEEK OFF INDY - YOU'VE ALREADY GAMEPLANNED FOR THIS ONE!