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Old 09-09-2009, 02:32 PM   #1
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Default Scouts Inc. - Broncos@Bengals matchup

Denver at Cincinnati
When: 1:00 PM ET
Watch: CBS
More scouting reports: Week 1
Scouts Inc. Position Advantage
QB: Cincy
RB: Denver
WR: Cincy
OL: Denver
DL: Cincy
LB: Denver
DB: Denver
ST: Denver
Coach: Cincy

After breaking down film of both teams, Scouts Inc. offers 10 things to watch for in this week's Bengals-Broncos matchup.

1. Denver needs to control the clock as well as the line of scrimmage. Denver is not apt to be a quick strike team this year and will need to pound the ball and sustain long scoring drives in order to be successful. Head coach Josh McDaniels knows that the Bengals can strike quick and will want to keep the ball out of QB Carson Palmer's hands.

2. Expect the Broncos to run a lot of off-tackle plays: Denver has a good stable of powerful ball carriers with Correll Buckhalter and LaMont Jordan toting the ball and can give the defense a change of pace ball carrier in rookie Knowshon Moreno. They will want to attack the Bengals on the perimeter where they can wear down the smaller defensive ends and outside linebackers.

3. Denver will look to prevent the big play: Denver lacks the big play defenders that can pressure the pocket on a consistent basis and will need to provide quality help over the top for their cornerbacks. They may give up their share of short passes but will look to keep at least a couple defenders back deep to prevent Cincinnati's speedy receivers from turning a short pass into a long gain.

4. Look for the Broncos to use a lot of trickery up front: Since the Broncos are apt to struggle when it comes to bringing a lot of heat with their base package, expect them to use a lot of twists and stunts to try and confuse the offensive line for the Bengals. This also allows Denver to blitz their linebackers from different angles which can create mismatches as Cincinnati tries to match up against speed.

5. Look for Denver to flood zones with their multiple receiver sets: Denver will run out of a trips set for most of the game, employing a single back with no lead blocker. But when they try to throw the ball, they will generally flood areas of the field at different levels in order to force the secondary to pick who they want to focus on.

6. Cincinnati will try to get Chad Ochocinco involved early: He is their best threat both for the deep ball as well as underneath routes. If he gets on a roll from the start, he can be very difficult to control. Cincinnati has a relatively pedestrian ground game and will need to move the ball through the air if they want to move the chains on a consistent basis.

7. Expect the Bengals to take some shots downfield: Head coach Marvin Lewis and offensive coordinator Bob Bratkowski want to score early and force Denver into a catch-up game and the best way to do that is to strike with a long ball, or two, looking to both Ochocinco and Chris Henry who both possess the speed to take it all the way once they can get behind the secondary.

8. Cincinnati needs to create turnovers: The Bengals have struggled to prevent long drives by their opponents and will need to find ways to stop the bleeding. One of the best ways to stop a drive is to create a turnover.The secondary will play aggressive coverage and for tacklers to try and strip the ball from the ball carriers in this game.

9. Look for Cincinnati to try and take away Denver's ground game: With all of the changes that have taken place in Denver, the Bengals are going to try and force them to throw the ball in order to create turnovers in the form of interceptions. The Broncos had six interceptions in the preseason, second most in the AFC, and starting QB Kyle Orton has struggled getting used to his receivers and the new system.

10. Matchup to watch: Denver DE Elvis Dumervil vs. Cincinnati LOT Andrew Whitworth: Dumervil led the Broncos in sacks with five last year and this year he will be coming from a more natural position, outside linebacker. This allows defensive coordinator Mike Nolan to move Dumervil around and send him from different angles to make it more difficult to find him. Whitworth needs to contain Dumervil and limit his opportunities to get to Palmer.


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Denver 20
Cincinnati 21
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Old 09-09-2009, 02:34 PM   #2
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(FYI - in another matchup, CHI v GB - they give the QB nod to the Packers)
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Old 09-09-2009, 02:35 PM   #3
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WTF?

I'm no McDaniels fan, but I REFUSE to believe Marv is a better coach.

That's BS man
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Old 09-09-2009, 02:39 PM   #4
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I am envisioning Champ or Goodmen getting a pick on a long throw early in the game.
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Old 09-09-2009, 02:44 PM   #5
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they have better wrs?
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WTF?

I'm no McDaniels fan, but I REFUSE to believe Marv is a better coach.

That's BS man
Why not? Marv has experience edge as the head coach and McDaniels is doing this for the very first time ever. Beside folks forget that the Raven Defense is because of Lewis and one time he was the super smart hot coordinator.
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Old 09-09-2009, 02:45 PM   #7
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(FYI - in another matchup, CHI v GB - they give the QB nod to the Packers)
Aaron Rodgers is playing a system he's been a part of since his rookie year, has proven WR talent and put up decent numbers last season.

Jay Cutler while immensely talented, is learning a new system, has less talented WR's, and a suspect OL.

So it's not hard to see why they'd give the edge at that position to the Packers. But, i doubt if those who still pine for Jay are gonna agree with my take...afterall, if these aren't good enough excuses for Kyle Orton....how could they be good enough for Jay?
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they have better wrs?
With Marshall's status in question and how involved he'll be in the offense after missing that much time, I can agree with that.

Ocho and Coles aren't slouches by any means.
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Old 09-09-2009, 02:47 PM   #9
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I would say Denver has the advantage at WR and Coaching.
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Not a terrible assessment. If you give the Bengals 3 for home field adv then Scouts Inc is at least respecting the Broncos as a competitor, in a road game after a lot of offseason turmoil. I am glad we don't have Marv as a coach.

I still think we win, and that the Hard Knocks curse continues.
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Old 09-09-2009, 02:57 PM   #11
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WTF?

I'm no McDaniels fan, but I REFUSE to believe Marv is a better coach.

That's BS man
This is McD's first ever NFL regular season game, they probably give anyone with more than 1 game of experience the advantage.
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But yet they favored Caldwell over Del Rio.
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Old 09-09-2009, 03:16 PM   #13
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Lol we were just given the edge in linebackers. It really is a new season!
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But yet they favored Caldwell over Del Rio.
no they favored manning over del rio
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I was reading that Ochocinco is planning on exploiting "loopholes" he found in the anti twitter rules. I wonder if he's concentrating more on that than on the actual game? That would help
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Old 09-09-2009, 03:23 PM   #16
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Get over it. What has McD done over the course of the offseason to justify giving him a coaching advantage? If the team is generally perceived to be in turmoil, and is an underdog against a team that won four games last year, that does not reflect well on the rookie coach/gm that blew it up. McD shouldn't get a coaching "edge" over anyone until he proves he knows what he's doing.
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Old 09-09-2009, 03:25 PM   #17
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(FYI - in another matchup, CHI v GB - they give the QB nod to the Packers)
What does that have to do with this game?
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Old 09-09-2009, 03:31 PM   #18
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No way do we lose by 1 point. Broncos win in this one
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A healthy, motivated and reasonably in sync Marshall along with Royal and Stokes plus our RB and TEs as receivers gives us the edge there. Would be nice to have a healthy Gaffney on tap as well. But Lloyd and McKinley round out a better top to bottom WR corp over all.
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All in all, not a bad breakdown. However the writer had to give Cincy some favoritisim in the "positional advantage" part at the beginning of the article because IF the writer actually favored Denver in almost all those categories (coaching and WRs should also favor Denver), how the hell would the writer favor Cincy to win?

To me, this article basically says "I'm picking Cincy because I can't justify picking the Broncos".
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All in all, not a bad breakdown. However the writer had to give Cincy some favoritisim in the "positional advantage" part at the beginning of the article because IF the writer actually favored Denver in almost all those categories (coaching and WRs should also favor Denver), how the hell would the writer favor Cincy to win?

To me, this article basically says "I'm picking Cincy because I can't justify picking the Broncos".
You just took Scouts Inc. to the OK Corrall.
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Old 09-09-2009, 05:02 PM   #22
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Why not? Marv has experience edge as the head coach and McDaniels is doing this for the very first time ever. Beside folks forget that the Raven Defense is because of Lewis and one time he was the super smart hot coordinator.
if u want to base a coach on previous coordinator jobs, i'd say mcdaniels gets the edge
but the real question is what has marv done since being head coach?
my nod goes to mcd
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All in all, not a bad breakdown. However the writer had to give Cincy some favoritisim in the "positional advantage" part at the beginning of the article because IF the writer actually favored Denver in almost all those categories (coaching and WRs should also favor Denver), how the hell would the writer favor Cincy to win?

To me, this article basically says "I'm picking Cincy because I can't justify picking the Broncos".

Yeah but you could also say that the QB position being so important has more value then us having better Dbacks.

If your better at QB, and on the dline, that a pretty big advantage.
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Picking the first game of the year is always dicey. Unless you're watcing both teams reguarly, you're likely to be wrong. Even then you might be.
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Aaron Rodgers is playing a system he's been a part of since his rookie year, has proven WR talent and put up decent numbers last season.

Jay Cutler while immensely talented, is learning a new system, has less talented WR's, and a suspect OL.

So it's not hard to see why they'd give the edge at that position to the Packers. But, i doubt if those who still pine for Jay are gonna agree with my take...afterall, if these aren't good enough excuses for Kyle Orton....how could they be good enough for Jay?
I agree with your take on CHI vs. GB and the QB's. That's straight on.

Sure, I'll give Orton some slack for the new system...but not the talent he has around him. He (unlike Jay) has better surrounding talent on Offense.

Cutler & Rogers - Equal in talant
Orton & Palmer - Orton's not even close to Palmer
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