|10-23-2007, 06:52 PM||#1|
Join Date: Apr 2006
Packers at Broncos Matchup Preview
Packers Keys For Success
1. Use quick-hitting passes. Green Bay needs to throw the ball early and run it late. Quarterback Brett Favre has had a great season so far and should be fresh and ready to roll coming off a bye week. Favre is a future Hall of Famer, but he needs to continue to play within himself to lead this young Packers team back to the playoffs. Against speedy pass-rushing defensive ends Elvis Dumervil and Jarvis Moss, look for the Packers to use three- and five-step drops to get the ball to tight end Donald Lee over the middle and to wide receivers Donald Driver, James Jones and Greg Jennings on slants over the middle and into the flats.
2. Be creative with trick plays. Packers head coach Mike McCarthy is typically conservative with his game plan, but with an extra week to prepare and his team facing a hostile environment on the road, he must dip into his back of tricks to keep the Broncos' defense honest. Look for Green Bay to have a trick play in its bag for cornerback Dre' Bly. Bly plays off-coverage well, but he is a risk-taker who always is looking to jump shorter routes. He also may be a bit banged up after injuring his shoulder against the Steelers. Do not be surprised to see the Packers run a reverse with Jennings and give him the option to run or throw the ball deep to either Driver or Jones.
3. Blitz Jay Cutler. The Packers' blitzing style could rattle Cutler. The second-year quarterback tries to do too much at times, which leads to turnovers. He has thrown at least one interception in every game this season and also has had fumbling issues. The Packers have two of the NFL's best pass rushers in defensive ends Aaron Kampman and Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila. By sending Nick Barnett and A.J. Hawk up the middle on stunts, the two Packers' linebackers can force Cutler outside of the pocket and into the arms of their defensive ends.
Broncos Keys For Success
1. Use screens and dumpoff routes. The Broncos will need to take advantage of the aggressiveness of the Packers' defenders, especially linebackers Brady Poppinga and Hawk, by throwing screens and dumpoff passes to running backs Selvin Young and Travis Henry (if he's healthy enough to play) and fullback Cecil Sapp. By allowing the Packers' starting defensive ends, Kampman and Cullen Jenkins, to rush upfield, the offensive linemen, led by center Chris Myers, can make their way into the open field to pick off Hawk or Poppinga.
2. Run to the outside. The Broncos need to stretch Green Bay's defense out to the sidelines with their zone-blocking scheme. The offensive linemen -- Myers, guards Chris Kuper and Montrae Holland and tackles Matt Lepsis and Erik Pears -- can cut down defensive tackles Ryan Pickett and Johnny Jolly at the snap. The pulling guard, most likely Kuper, then can climb to the linebacker level and take out either Barnett or Atari Bigby, the safety likely to be playing close to the line. With Henry dinged up, Young likely will get the start for Denver. The rookie has the speed to start his run inside, but then will bounce the ball to the edge once he sees the hole. Running back Mike Bell, who was inactive against the Steelers, may be activated this week. Bell runs with good vision, and if he plays, he will look to cut the ball back once the defense starts to flow laterally.
3. Leave cornerback Champ Bailey on an island. Bailey missed only the third game of his career last week against the Steelers. With a week to rest, though, he should be able to return to the lineup this week. Bailey is arguably the best cornerback in the NFL and can handle most wide receivers by himself. He could spark the defense by picking off Favre early. By jumping the slant routes of the wide receivers or squeezing the flats on passes to Lee, Bailey can get his hands on the ball and make Favre leery to throw to Bailey's side of the field. With Bailey playing man-to-man coverage, the Broncos will then be able to bring safety John Lynch closer to the line of the scrimmage. Lynch is a smart player who knows Favre may be looking to throw away from Bailey and can try to bait the Packers' quarterback into interceptions
|10-23-2007, 07:02 PM||#2|
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Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Sun and Beachville
Wow... that was terrible. More like a couple predictions than really game plans.