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  • Drunken.Broncoholic2
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    Originally posted by Rausch 2.0 View Post
    Why is the STL game the measuring stick?

    That's the only game where Broncos scored under 20 points all year, and the point in the season Elway stated he wants a more balanced run pass approach. That's when we heard Gase ask "should we run it every play".

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  • mwill07
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    Originally posted by Rausch 2.0 View Post
    Why is the STL game the measuring stick?

    it's not a measuring stick, it was the turning point. The entire offense changed from pass -happy to run-centric after that game.

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  • SonOfLe-loLang
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    Originally posted by Rausch 2.0 View Post
    Why is the STL game the measuring stick?

    Cause the offensive philosophy changed drastically since that game.

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  • Rausch 2.0
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    Why is the STL game the measuring stick?

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  • Agamemnon
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    I think those of us who are concerned about the offense are more concerned about Manning's rather underwhelming play of late. The run game has been huge for us down the stretch though.

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  • Broncos Offense has actually gotten better since StL game.

    one metric I like to look at is points per drive. This was brought to my attention last year in the Charger playoff game - it's not really about scoring points, it's about scoring more than your opponent. Both teams have a roughly equal number of possessions - within two anyways. So, what's really important is what you do with your possessions that count.

    It doesn't really matter if a team can score in :30, or if it takes a 15 play, 8:00 drive, both drives end in a TD. The former leads to high-scoring shootout games, the later leads to low scoring, grind it out games. Both are good, and both can be dominant, it's not really fair to say that the former is better than the latter, so long as points are going on the board.

    So, points per drive is probably the most important offensive metric to look at. The Broncos finished 2014 with 2.43, 4th in the league behind Green Bay (2.88), New England (2.59), and Dallas (2.47). League average is 1.93.

    What is interesting is that the Broncos offensive efficiency went up after the Rams game. Despite the lack of high end of game scores, the Broncos were actually scoring at a higher rate than before.

    Heading into the StL game, The Broncos were scoring at a 2.51 points/drive clip. After StL, they went run-heavy and points/drive actually went up to 2.66.

    further, prior to the Rams game, the Broncos punted on average 4.9 times a game. After the Rams game, they punted 3.3 times per game.

    I know it's easy to be concerned with the offense scoring in the mid 20s for consecutive weeks, especially after being spoiled with last years offense and multiple 40+ point games early on, but the fact is that the new run-centric offense is actually more efficient.
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