Week 3 Prediction Article – Denver Broncos @ Buffalo Bills

Good morning, Bronco fans!  It is Week 3 of the 2017 NFL season.  Today will be the first road test of the season for our Broncos and it will be a true battle of defenses.  The Buffalo Bills (1-1) have the league’s 2nd ranked defense, allowing just 234.5 yards per game.  The Bills are also ranked 5th in the NFL against the run, allowing a stingy 57.5 yards per game.  The Broncos (2-0) have the league’s 5th ranked overall defense and 3rd ranked defense against the run, allowing 258.5 and 52 yards per game, respectively.

Denver, coming off of a 42-17 beat down of the Dallas Cowboys, will look to continue to build their momentum, while the defense will need to find ways to make the tough stops on short fields.  In the first two games, the Denver offense has turned the ball over 4 times, while the defense has allowed the opposing offenses to score touchdowns on each of the 4 turnovers.

Buffalo, coming off of a tough 9-3 loss to the Carolina Panthers, looks to rebound and get back in the win column at home.  Dual threat RB LeSean McCoy has given defenses fits both running and catching passes out of the backfield, and you can count on the Bills calling Shady’s number frequently throughout the game.  Bills mobile QB, Tyrod Taylor can also be a dual threat, as Taylor ranks 2nd on the Bills in rushing, but is doing so at 5.8 yards per carry, as opposed to McCoy’s average of just 3.5.

Broncos 2nd year starter, QB Trevor Siemian continues to show maturity and poise, as he had lead his team to back to back victories to start the 2017 campaign.  Siemian’s 6 touchdown passes lead the league and his QB Rating of 106.9 is 9th in the NFL.  With with one of the best WR duos in the league, Siemian will look to feed his play makers regularly, but will need to continue to find success in the run game in order to keep opposing defenses on their heels.

5 Keys to Victory

  1. Seal the edges and contain McCoy and Taylor.  Controlling the line of scrimmage and collapsing the pocket on Taylor will be paramount to beating the Bills.
  2. Continue to be dominant running the football.  C.J. Anderson’s 199 yards in the first two games was 2nd in the NFL coming into week 3.  Averaging 4.4 yards per carry and 99.5 rushing yards per game, C.J. will need to continue to run the ball like he has the first two weeks of the game.
  3. Win the turnover battle.  I know it is cliche, and seems all too simple, but it will be the #1 deciding factor of this game.  When you have 2 powerful defenses like the one’s we are going to see today, protecting the football and sustaining drives will be the ultimate deciding factor of this game.
  4. Stay focused and disciplined.  The stadium will be very loud and the Bills are going to be fired up.  We are going into a hostile environment and will need to remain calm and stick to the task at hand.  Keep the defense off of the field with 3 and outs, and do not kill momentum with stupid 3rd down penalties, and that goes for both sides of the ball.
  5. Trevor, be Trevor.  Don’t try to do too much or read into any comparisons to other Quarterbacks (Alex Smith).  Just be Trevor.  Find your play makers, get them the ball and don’t make any mistakes.  Call it whatever you want, it works and we win.

Final Score Prediction

Denver Broncos – 24

Buffalo Bills – 9

 

Week 1 Prediction Article – Los Angeles Chargers @ Denver Broncos

Good morning Bronco fans!  The wait is finally over and it is officially game day!  Week 1 of the 2017 season is fully underway and we have the center stage for the grand finale of the evening.  The newly relocated Los Angeles Chargers make their annual visit to Mile High with a very familiar cast.  Led by Quarterback Philip Rivers, the Chargers are hoping to improve upon last year’s results, where they finished last in the AFC West with a 5-11 record.  Rivers, who threw for over 4,300 yards and connected on 33 touchdown passes last season, also showed signs of struggle, as he led the NFL in interceptions with 21.  The Chargers also boast several productive playmakers offensively with their two third-year stars WR Tyrell Williams and RB Melvin Gordon.  The Chargers will also be attempting to help TE Antonio Gates break the all-time receiving touchdowns record for a tight end.  Gates comes into the season tied with Tony Gonzalez with 111 touchdowns.

Chargers, be warned.  You are now entering the No Fly Zone.

Led by Chris Harris and Aqib Talib, the No Fly Zone is back, however with a new member, as T.J. Ward was cut prior to the beginning of the regular season.  In just his second NFL season, SS Justin Williams has become a full time member of the No Fly Zone as he and FS Darian Stewart will start in the secondary with Harris and Talib.  The Broncos look to build off of the defensive success that they had last year, as Denver led all defenses allowing just 13 passing touchdowns all season long.  The Broncos will need to improve on their run defense this season if they plan on returning to the postseason.  In 2016, the Broncos allowed teams to stay on the field for too long, extending drives and controlling the clock due to a poor run defense.  Only the 49ers, Browns, Dolphins and Bills allowed more rushing yards in 2016 than the Broncos.  Denver will also need to work on discipline, as they allowed the 5th most 1st downs due to penalties.

The QB battle is over, and now this is Trevor’s team.

Trevor Siemian, now in his second year as the starter will need to make better decisions in order to have success.  Denver’s offense has plenty of weapons, however, the offensive line was just that last year, offensive.  The porous offensive line of the Denver Broncos allowed teams to feast on the Denver QB, allowing 31 sacks in the 14 games Siemian started.  Paired with a 18/10 Touchdown/Interception ratio, a lot will need to change on offense if this team wants to return to the postseason.

5 Keys to Winning 

  • Stop the run, get your defense off of the field.  The more time the defense is on the sideline and our guys are out there making plays, the better it will be for all of us Bronco fans.
  • Control the line of scrimmage on both sides of the field.  Football is won and lost in the trenches.  The O-Line must protect Siemian and the D-Line must put pressure on Rivers.
  • No Stupid Penalties.  We can’t do favors for other teams.  Play with discipline, and be smart.
  • Establish the run to set up play action.  Get C.J. Anderson going early and often.  Put them to sleep with the run, the take the big shot over top.
  • Get the ball in the hands of your playmakers.  Be creative.  Run WR screens to Sanders and Thomas.  Connect with running backs out of the backfield.  Use your weapons.

Final Score Prediction

Von Miller will be a one man wrecking crew and will record his first 3 sacks of the season.  Rivers will throw 2 interceptions.  Siemian takes 0 sacks.

Chargers – 17

Broncos – 27

Predicted Roster

As you know, it is less than 3 hours for the Broncos to announce their 53 man roster. This is my prediction:
OFFENSE
QB (2)
Trevor Sieman
Paxton Lynch
RB (6)
C.J. Anderson
Jamal Charles
Devontae Booker
De’Angelo Henderson
Juwan Thompson (via Ridley release)
FB Andy Janovich
WR (6)
Demaryious Thomas
Emmanuel Sanders
Jordan Taylor
Carlos Henderson
Cody Latimer
Isiaih McKenzie
TE (3)
Vernon Greene
A.J.Derby
Jeff Huerman
OL (9)
LT Garrett Bolles
LG Max Garcia
C Matt Paradis
RG Ron Leary
RT Menelick Watson
Backups:
Allen Barbre
Connor McGovern
Donald Stephenson
Michael Schofield
(26)

PDEFENSE
DL(NT&DE) (6)
Derek Wolfe
Zach Kerr
Domata Peko
Kyle Peko
Demarcus Walker
Adam Gotsis
OLB (5)
Von Miller
Shane Rey
Shaquil Barrett
Vontarrius Dora
Ken Edebali
ILB (4)
Brandon Marshall
Todd Davis
Zaire Anderson
Corey Nelson
CB (5)
Aquib Talib
Chris Harris
Bradley Roby
Lorenzo Doss
Brendan Langley
S (4)
Darren Stewart
T.J.Ward
Will Parks
Justin Simmons
(24)
Specialists
K Brandon McMahon
P Riley Dixon
LS Casey Kreiter
(53)
Practice Squad:
TE Steven Sheu
DE Shakir Sota
C Dillon Day
DL Shelby Harris
OLB Ken Ekanem
QB Kyle Sloter
LB Deon Hollins
S Jamal Carter
WR Benny Fowler
However it shakes out, This is probably mostly the team. I had to juggle numbers just like the team is finishing up and just a little under an hour and a half. GO, GO Elway and Crew and get some rest and come back and keep on contacting any of the cuts you are interested on and Very Good Luck to the Bronco Cuts and the others in the League in continuing your NFL Dream!

What a preseason it has been!

Due to my devices screwing around, I couldnt post until now. As you know, our subs and guys who are looking to start their NFL dreams looked pretty good and dominant last night. Speaks to the acumen of Elway and crew evaluating talent. And noone is lost for the season by injury. The closest is Jake Butt, but we will see him at least by midseason. And the one time cut will be done by 2:00pm tomorrow. But for good or ill, we will have a 53 man team by then and a practice squad shortly afterward. But getting back to that cut. There are 32 teams with about 90 man squads today. Tomorrow there will be chaos as nearly 1200 free agents hit the streets at the same time. But I know the Broncos and their scouts have been evaluating those guys until only a few remain. They have three options at that point, put them on the roster at the expense of someone on the roster. A second option is put them on the practice squad, again at the expense of someone else. A third option is sign them to a futures contract. But by the end of the extended weekend most of this will be done. The biggest questions left are how many running backs they will keep. I predict 6, one more than they traditionally keep and which six recievers will they keep? Thomas and Emmanuel are a lock. And Taylor seemed to get Stronger and Stronger as preseason played out. But are any of the others a lock? It’ll be interesting to see who the other three are.
A lot hinges on the quality of play of Sieman. This is his third season, second as a starter. He doesnt have to set the world on fire, but midrange in passing. And few mistakes and turnovers. We will be a top 10 running team, which will help keep the chains moving. And they need to keep penalties to a minimum. Good Red Zone performance, with one of the best young legs in football, three should be a given unless sacks or penalties move us back too far. But they need TDs when in the Red Zone. And we have a lot of great talent to employ in the zone. So if they can get TDs half to two thirds in that R.Z., It’ll be a team which is efficient on offense, and a super defense which can and willscore itself. And Brandon McManus is a scoring tool himself, one of the strongest young legs in the NFL. I predict he will win a game or two at the end of games and set a new NFL record for longest score in the process. If they can average 22-25 points a game they will be in most games. Sometimes it comes down to who wants it more and will strive to accomplish that. If they play nasty on both sides of the ball this will be a playoff team.
Regardless it is just 10 more days until they play the last game in opening week. If they defend home field well, say only losing one or two at home and go say 5-3 on the road, I think 11-5 is a doable record and a playoff team, so Go, Go Broncos, Elway and Crew put a great smash mouth team together, and work really smart and hard and treat Broncos Country to a wonderful exciting 2017 season!!!

Video: Trevor Siemian Named Broncos Starting Quarterback

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NFL Network chats about the decision in Denver to go with Trevor Siemian as the new Broncos Starting Quarterback.

Broncos Hall of Fame RB Terrell Davis Says Living With CTE Has Him Worried

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Former Broncos running back Terrell Davis says the prospect of living with CTE symptoms is something that worries him, ESPN reports.

But Davis, speaking Friday on the eve of his Hall of Fame induction in Canton, Ohio, said he has hope for the future of football because of the “great lengths” the game has gone to change.

“I can’t lie, we’re all scared,” Davis said, according to The Denver Post. “We’re concerned because we don’t know what the future holds. When I’m at home and I do something, if I forget something I have to stop to think, ‘Is this because I’m getting older or I’m just not using my brain, or is this an effect of playing football?’ I don’t know that.”

Davis is among five modern-era players who will be inducted in the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday.

“Yeah, I’m scared, so I try to stay as active as possible, keep my mind as sharp as possible,” Davis said, according to The Post. “But I also know the game has gone through great lengths to change, from Pop Warner to college.”

Former Broncos OL Ryan Clady Announces Retirement

Former Broncos offensive lineman Ryan Clady on Twitter today announced his retirement from the NFL. He was a free agent and to this point had not caught on with a new team.

Son of Broncos Owner Pat Bowlen – John Bowlen – Arrested for DUI in California

The son Broncos owner Pat Bowlen, John Bowlen, was arrested for DUI in California on Sunday, and TMZ has the latest on the situation:

31-year-old John Bowlen was pulled over by the California Highway Patrol in the Paso Robles area around 2 PM — and during the stop, officers determined he was under the influence of alcohol.

He was hauled to a nearby station where he was booked on 2 counts of misdemeanor DUI. He’s set to be released later this morning.

This isn’t John’s first brush with the law — the former Broncos marketing employee was arrested for domestic violence in 2015 in an incident in which he was also accused of hijacking the phone of his GF when she called 911.

During the call with the 911 operator, John claimed to be the “blood of the city” and friends with the mayor and assured officials nothing was wrong.

He was ultimately found guilty of harassment and sentenced to 2 years probation.

His father Pat still owns the Broncos — but stepped down from an active role with the team after being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. His plan was to give control to one of of his children. Unclear which kid will get that job.

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