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Old 12-11-2009, 02:54 AM   #1
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Broncos hope to develop formula for beating Colts


Denver confident due to upgrades in secondary
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Posted: 12/11/2009 12:15:10 AM MST



ENGLEWOOD -- The Denver Broncos spent the week heaping profuse praise upon the Indianapolis Colts. Underneath all that reverence, though, is a sense that while Peyton Manning & Co. may be unbeaten, they certainly aren`t unbeatable. The Broncos (8-4) trust they have figured out the formula for beating the Colts (12-0), who are aiming for their NFL record-breaking 22nd straight regular season win Sunday.

"This is a league where any team can be beaten on a Sunday," said Broncos outside linebacker Darrell Reid. "If we prepare and play like we are supposed to and play like we did in our wins this year, we have a good chance of beating the Colts."

The Broncos sure have the swagger, having positioned themselves to end a three-year playoff drought in Josh McDaniels` first season as coach.

The case for a Broncos upset, however, really starts with the secondary.

Manning has traditionally picked apart the Broncos by exploiting their weakest link in the passing game to unravel Denver`s defense -- remember Roc Alexander in the playoffs? -- but these Broncos sport a seasoned secondary that owns a combined 20 Pro Bowl selections now that Ty Law has joined Champ Bailey, Andre` Goodman, Renaldo Hill and Brian Dawkins in a defensive backfield like none other in the league.

"They bring experience to the situation," Broncos secondary coach Ed Donatell said Thursday.

So, it`s the game`s best at-the-line play-caller against the NFL`s most experienced defensive backfield.

"He looks for mismatches," said Broncos receiver Brandon Stokley, a former teammate of Manning`s in Indianapolis. "He reads defenses so well that he knows where the vulnerable spots are."

Only this time, when he scans the Broncos` secondary, Manning won`t find those quite so readily.

So, the key now is can Denver camouflage coverages well enough to fool Manning, who is so adept at deciphering disguises?

"We are going to do our best to make sure that we don`t make the game easier for him than it already is for him," Dawkins said.

Already, the Broncos have confused the likes of Tom Brady and Ben Roethlisberger this season, although "Big Ben" was so good at ad-libbing on the fly that he led Pittsburgh past the Broncos last month.

Tricking Manning is another story.

"He`s hard to fool," Bailey said. "If we can confuse him a little bit, that would definitely help."

So would some pressure.

Although the Colts have allowed only 10 sacks, the Broncos feature the league`s top pass-rusher in Elvis Dumervil, who has 15 sacks and is thriving in his switch from a 4-3 defensive end to a 3-4 outside linebacker.

Of course, the easiest way to keep Manning in check is to keep him on the sideline, and the Broncos have just the offense to do that, providing they can dink and dunk their way downfield without many negative plays that swing the pendulum back toward Indy`s dominant defense.

Broncos quarterback Kyle Orton, the prototypical game manager who is perfect for Denver`s low-risk offense, said the Colts are so bothersome because defensive ends Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis, who have combined for 20 sacks so far, are free to focus on rushing the passer while "everybody else rallies to the run."

Although standout right tackle Ryan Harris is out for the season with a toe injury, the Broncos ground game should take some pressure off Orton.




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Old 12-11-2009, 07:13 AM   #2
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Manning's Good

We have old guys in the secondary

We need to run the Ball
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Old 12-11-2009, 07:20 AM   #3
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Manning's Good

We have old guys in the secondary

We need to run the Ball
Manning is beyond good

Old secondary means they have seen everything they'll be ready

You have to run the ball late in the year and playoffs if your going to win

Broncos have a good chance to win this game
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Old 12-11-2009, 07:39 AM   #4
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Heard a stat on Mike and Mike this morning...Denver has ran the ball more for more yards in the last two wins than during the combined 4 losses.
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Old 12-11-2009, 07:41 AM   #5
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I think if we score more points than them we will win.
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Old 12-11-2009, 07:47 AM   #6
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I think if we score more points than them we will win.
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Old 12-11-2009, 07:47 AM   #7
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I think if we score more points than them we will win.
Not necesarily, this is Manning we are talking about, the league has ways of making him win you and I don't even know about yet.
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Old 12-11-2009, 08:27 AM   #8
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Kill the clock. Keep the ball from falling on the ground (ie. don't drop passes, don't fumble, don't turn it over). Wear down their defense. And finally, win the field position battle. I think if we can manage these things, we can beat Indy. But if we fall down in any one of these, we're going to find ourselves playing catch-up - which is a hard row to hoe against Indy.
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Old 12-11-2009, 09:16 AM   #9
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I think if we score more points than them we will win.
Isn't that just an urban legend tho?
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Old 12-11-2009, 09:19 AM   #10
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Someone call Jeff Gillooly
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two words for Peyton...

food poisoning...
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Isn't that just an urban legend tho?
An ancient one...but McDaniels is just crazy enough to try it...I predict he will...
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I think with the experience/depth in the secondary, the Broncos should be able to "contain" Wayne, Clark, and company.

Question is how many times will Manning go to the Addai well?
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Don't be surprised if we dink and dunk our way to victory. We HAVE to keep the ball out of Manning's hands...
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this is exactly like the early part of the season

we have no chance, blah blah blah

if we keep the ball out of Peyton's hands and half-ass shut down their passing game and control the clock when we have the ball...we will win

this game will be just like the Pats game one way or the other
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Using magic and fairy dust, we wow the colts with a technicolor display involving midgets and monkeys. When they are sufficiently distracted, the Broncos offense scores td after td.

Afterwards, Manning dissapears on a three day X bender and is found it Juarez hanging out with Nacho the one legged pimp and his prize whore Tequila Van Cartier.

Clearly, this is the only way the Broncos win.

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Denver NEEDS the win, Indy DOES NOT.

IMO:
Broncos will go all out.
Colts O will play a decent game, to learn what they can about our secondary, but they won't go "too far" into their offensive playbook, regardless of the result!
For the Colts D, this is a huge test, as they're facing a playoff caliber team.

If Denver win, the Chargers will need to continue to step it up, .... Hmmmm wonder if San-D peaked "too early" this year?
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from a friend of mine.....



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Using magic and fairy dust, we wow the colts with a technicolor display involving midgets and monkeys. When they are sufficiently distracted, the Broncos offense scores td after td.

Afterwards, Manning dissapears on a three day X bender and is found it Juarez hanging out with Nacho the one legged pimp and his prize whore Tequila Van Cartier.

Clearly, this is the only way the Broncos win.

that was funny

I think we just use the same game plan the dolphins used and we should win since we have a better D than them plus they just blew that game!!
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