Weekly Prediction Article – Week 12: Miami Dolphins @ Denver Broncos

denmiaMiami Dolphins (6-4) @ Denver Broncos (7-3)
Sports Authority Field @ Mile High
4:25 PM EST

Good morning Broncos fans.  It is week 12 in the NFL and the Broncos need to find a way to break out of their recent funk and get back to their dominating ways.  With six games remaining on the season, the AFC West race has become a three team battle.  With Kansas City losing against the Raiders on Thursday night, a win today would put Denver in the driver seat for the final 5 games of the season.

Week 11 Recap

In week 11, the Dolphins got back in the win column with a 22 – 9 win over the Buffalo Bills.  The Dolphins are 3-1 in their last four games and look stay alive in the AFC playoff race during their visit with the Broncos in Denver.

  • Ryan Tannehill completed 26 of 34 passes, throwing for 240 yards and two touchdowns.  He completed passes to 8 different receivers in the win against the Bills.
  • Lamar Miller gained 86 yards on the ground on 15 attempts.  He also reeled in two Tannehill passes for 12 yards, giving him 98 total yards in the contest.
  • The Dolphins defense held the Bills to a total of 237 yards in the game.

The Denver Broncos lost their second game in three weeks, falling to the 4-6 St. Louis Rams on the road last week.  Peyton Manning threw 2 costly interceptions and the Denver running game never got established in the loss.  While converting on only 4 of 12 3rd down attempts, the Broncos offense spent most of the day on the sidelines, as they had possession for just 24:10 in the game.

  • Peyton Manning threw for 389 yards while completing 34 of 54 of his pass attempts.  He added in touchdown but also threw 2 interceptions.
  • Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders both had over 100 yards receiving in the game.
  • CJ Anderson gained just 29 yards on 9 carries, but caught 8 passes for 86 yards out of the backfield.

Week 12 Prediction Points

  1. The Broncos have lost 2 out of their last 3 games, losing to the Patriots, beating the Raiders, and losing to the Rams.  This Miami Dolphins team is hungry and they look to stay in the hunt.  Both teams should have great senses of urgency.  Both teams can change the game on both sides of the ball.  This game should be a great game wire to wire, and could come down to who has the last possession of the game.
  2. The Broncos have the 3rd ranked offense in the NFL and their defense is ranked 5th overall.  No other team has a better combination that the Denver Broncos.  Denver’s passing offense is ranked 2nd in the NFL and their rush defense is ranked 2nd.  The Miami Dolphins defense ranks 2nd against the pass and 2nd overall in the NFL.  These teams are fairly evenly matched, but individual match ups could prove to be the difference.
  3. Denver comes in to week 12 a little banged up.  Julius Thomas is a game time decision, however, Emmanuel Sanders has been cleared to play after passing the NFL’s concussion protocol testing.  If Julius can’t go, the Broncos will look to Sanders and Demaryius Thomas to get this offense going.  Peyton Manning looks to return to his other-worldly form after making two costly mistakes in the loss last week.

Final Score Prediction

Miami Dolphins – 20

Denver Broncos – 30

Dolphins week.

Well, here we are coming off a subpar performance, and getting ready to face the Fins At Mile-Hi on Sunday. I am sure they have worked on getting the O-line sorted out. A much better performance is needed from them and each spoke out on broncos.com. And we will have three Undrafted Running Backs on our roster this week. If they can block right, our running game can keep their defense off balance and slow down their pass rush and protect the pocket. Staying with their blocks should also cut down on their D-line batting down passes. Hopefully we will have Virgil Greene back, as he is the best blocker of our TE’s. And if Julius can’t play, Greene was impressive as a reciever also. And if Sanders can’t play, Cody Latimer should be activated and he has the complete confidante of Peyton with all the extra work they have all worked after practice. On defense we had no new major injuries, so I fully expect Von and DeMarco to put a ton of pressure on Tannerline. If they can do that our d-backs can lay back a little and keep their offense from big plays. So our O-Line and our edge rushers having good games will go a long way in securing a victory this week. They have been gone a month playing those three straight on the road games. That probably has been really good for them too. And that new indoor facility should help them when weather is incentive. They really need to win this game to stay ahead of the Chiefs and have any hope to catch and surpass the Pats for the home field advantage. How they play this week and next week will tell us a lot about their ability to stabilize and improve their game performances. Go, Go Broncos and Destroy the Dolphins with a huge Orange Crush. I see them holding Tannerline and the Fin offense to under 20 points and our offense playing much more upbeat and scoring more than 30 points, so I see a 35-17 victory!!!

Week 12 NFL Capsule – Dolphins at Broncos

MIAMI DOLPHINS (6-4) AT DENVER BRONCOS (7-3)

SERIES

DOLPHINS BRONCOS
SERIES LEADER 11-4-1
STREAKS 8 of past 10
COACHES VS. OPP. Philbin: 0-0 Fox: 1-2
LAST WEEK W 22-9 vs. Bills L 22-7 at Rams
LAST GAME 10/23/11: Broncos 18 at Dolphins 15 (OT). Denver QB Tim Tebow passes for 2 TDs & RB Willis McGahee rushes for 76 yards. Broncos K Matt Prater converts game-winning 52-yard FG in OT.
LAST GAME AT SITE 11/2/08: Dolphins 26, Broncos 17. Miami defense records 3 INTs, including 32-yard INT-TD by CB Will Allen. Dolphins RB Ronnie Brown adds 59 rushing yards & TD.
BROADCAST CBS (2:25 PM MT): Jim Nantz, Phil Simms, Tracy Wolfson (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 136 (Mia.), 113 (Den.). XM: 227 (Den.).

STATS

PASSING Tannehill: 231-353-2354-17-7-92.2 Manning: 273-407-3301 (2L)-30 (1L)-9-107.1 (1C)
RUSHING Miller: 125-614-4.9-5 (T3C) Anderson: 39-201-5.2-0
RECEIVING
  1. Wallace: 44-557-12.7-6
  2. Thomas: 72 (2L)-1105 (2L)-15.3-6
OFFENSE 348.4 412.9 (3L)
TAKE/GIVE +3 +2
DEFENSE 302.5 (1C) 316.4 (2C)
SACKS Wake: 8.5
  1. Miller: 10 (T3C)
INTs Grimes: 5 (2L) Moore: 3
PUNTING Fields: 44.8 Colquitt: 44.3
KICKING Sturgis: 89 (T3L) (26/26 PAT; 21/25 FG) McManus (R): 61 (37/37 PAT; 8/11 FG)

NOTES

DOLPHINS: Have won 4 of past 5…In past 7, QB RYAN TANNEHILL has completed 161 of 229 (70.3 pct.) for 1,730 yards & 13 TDs vs. 5 INTs for 102.0 rating. Club is 16-1 (.941) when Tannehill has 90+ rating, incl. last week vs. Buf. (240 yards, 2 TDs, 0 INTs, 114.8 rating). Has 70+ comp. pct. in 4 of past 5…Last week, RB LAMAR MILLER led team with 98 scrimmage yards (86 rush, 12 rec.). Has 3 rush TDs in past 4 on road…WR MIKE WALLACE aims for 3rd in row with TD vs. Broncos in reg. sea. Rookie WR-KR JARVIS LANDRY (Round 2, No. 63 overall) has TD catch in 2 of past 3, incl. 1 last week. Leads NFL rookies in KR avg. (31.2). TE CHARLES CLAY aims for 4th in row with 5+ catches…Defense has 30 sacks, tied for 2nd in AFC…In past 6, DE CAMERON WAKE has 6.5 sacks, FF & FR. DE OLIVIER VERNON has sack in 2 of past 3. Since joining Dolphins in 2013, CB BRENT GRIMES has 9 INTs, tied for 2nd most in NFL. LB JELANI JENKINS leads team with 66 tackles…BRONCOS: QB PEYTON MANNING aims for 3rd in row with 2+ TDs & 0 INTs vs. Dolphins. Has TD pass in 49 consecutive games, 3rd-longest streak in NFL history…In past 2, RB C.J. ANDERSON is averaging 139 scrimmage yards per game (278 total; 119 rush, 159 rec.). Aims for 3rd in row with 100+ scrimmage yards…WR DEMARYIUS THOMAS has 100+ rec. yards in 7 consecutive games, tied for 2nd-longest streak all-time. In past 7, has 964 yards (16.3 avg.) & 5 TDs. Had TD catch in only career meeting. Since 2012, leads AFC with 30 TD rec. WR WES WELKER (49) needs TD catch to become 3rd undrafted player since 1967 to reach 50 career. WR EMMANUEL SANDERS has 7 TDs in past 5 & 100+ rec. yards in 3 of past 4. TE JULIUS THOMAS leads NFL with 12 TD catches. 1st TE in history with back-to-back 12-TD seasons…Broncos are 1 of 2 NFL teams with 2 players with 9+ sacks each (LBs VON MILLER & DE MARCUS WARE). Since entering NFL in 2011, Miller is 2nd in AFC with 45 sacks. Had sack in only career meeting. LB BRANDON MARSHALL leads team with 88 tackles, incl. game-high 15 last week.

TE Julius Thomas ‘Day-to-Day’ with Ankle Injury

Denver Broncos vs St. Louis Rams, NFL

The Broncos consider tight end Julius Thomas to be “day-to-day” with an ankle injury according to Chris Mortensen of ESPN.

According to Mortensen the Broncos are not “overly concerned.”

It is obviously encouraging news, but Thomas has a long history of ankle issues and should not be considered a lock for the team’s Week 12 home game against the surging Dolphins. More will be known when the Broncos return to practice on Wednesday.

Broncos Suffer Stunner In Falling 22-7 To St.Louis

Denver Broncos v St. Louis Rams

A quarterback they haven’t seen and a running back many haven’t heard of where the two keys on Sunday as the Rams beat up and beat down the Broncos 22-7 in a stunning setback for Denver in the Gateway City.

Shaun Hill outplayed Peyton Manning, throwing for 220 yards and hooking up with Kenny Britt for 128 yards including a huge 63-yard TD to get the Rams off and running in the victory.

With Manning and the Broncos offense not able to get much going rookie Tre Mason wore down the Broncos, going for 113 yards on 29 carries.

The 129 yards is the most allowed by the Broncos’ top-ranked run defense this season.

Greg Zuerlein
was a career-best 5 for 5 on field goals for the Rams (4-6).

Manning was hurried quite a bit, throwing 34 for 54 for 389 yards with two interceptions. The only score of the day was a 42-yard touchdown pass to Emmanuel Sanders.

The one TD ends a streak of 15 consecutive games with at least two touchdown passes.

The Broncos (7-3) were held to 28 yards rushing and failed twice on fourth down deep in St. Louis territory.

Manning threw incomplete from the 37 in the first quarter and rookie Aaron Donald’s sack ended a drive in the fourth quarter on fourth-and-4 from the 28.

Next week the Broncos are back at home to take on the Dolphins, who will come to Denver after winning on Thursday night against the Bills at home.

Weekly Prediction Article – Week 11: Denver Broncos @ St Louis Rams

denstlDenver Broncos @ St. Louis Rams
Edward Jones Dome
1:00 PM EST

Week 10 Recap

The St Louis Rams (3-6) lost their Week 10 match up against the 8-1 Arizona Cardinals.  After the loss, Jeff Fisher made an unexpected announcement, stating that he would be replacing his starting quarterback for the game against Denver.  The Rams will look to rebound against the 7-2 Denver Broncos at home.

The Denver Broncos made easy work out of the Oakland Raiders.  The Broncos improved to 7-2 on the season while handing the Raiders their 9th straight loss of the 2014 campaign.  Peyton Manning threw 5 touchdown passes while accumulating 340 passing yards on 31 of 44 passing.

Week 11 Prediction Points

  1. Peyton Manning + Dome = Lots of Points.  I expect Denver to come out firing on all cylinders on offense and make easy work of the struggling St Louis Rams.
  2. Denver is establishing a running game, and it almost doesn’t matter who is doing the ball carrying.  Last week against the Raiders, CJ Anderson ran for 90 yards on just 13 carries.  Ronnie Hillman returned to action but only mustered up 13 yards on 6 carries.  Look for another breakout performance from Anderson, and don’t be surprised if Juwan Thompson gets red zone and 3rd down duties.
  3. Julius Thomas has only 38 catches this season.  The amazing stat here is that 12 of his 38 receptions have been touchdowns.  Add in top 5 ranked receivers Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders, and you have a dangerous three headed monster.  This offense will once again prove to be too much for their opponent to handle.  I see an easy road win for the Broncos here in week 10.

Final Score Prediction

St. Louis Rams –  23

Denver Broncos – 41

 

Bonus Prediction – Peyton Manning throws 5 touchdowns with at least one going to DT, JT and Sanders.

Week 11 Power Rankings and Broncos musings.

Well, here we are in week 11 of the 2014 NFL schedule. No team is head and shoulders above all the other teams, but there is a drop off after the first 20 teams this week. The Broncos are in St.Louis already and gearing up for the Noon game on Sunday. More on them after the rankings here:

1. Patriots
2. Broncos
3. Cardinals
4. Eagles
5. Lions
6. Cowboys
7. Packers
8. Seahawks
9. Colts
10.Steelers
11.Chiefs
12.Browns
13.Dolphins
14.Ravens
15.49ers
16.Chargers
17.Bengals
18.Bills
19.Texans
20.Saints
21.Vikings
22.Falcons
23.Panthers
24.Rams
25.Bears
26.Redskins
27.Giants
28.Titans
29.Jets
30.Buccaneers
31.Jaguars
32.Raiders

Broncos are at the end of three straight away games. They were beaten
by the Pats soundly, returned the favor by routing the Raiders, and now face a Rams team that is playing a subtitle quarterback. With our defense looking to further their domination, they are facing a team that has at best an average offense, they should be able to stop their running game and forcing then to pass the ball, which should enable our edge rushers, Von Miller and Demarco Ware to pin their ears back and get some sacks and hopefully get some turnovers in the process. And our offense needs to hit on all cylinders in facing a team’s defense that is above average! RB’s C.J. Anderson and Montee Ball need to provide a running game that will compilite our great passing game. This would help the Broncos to control the clock. If this all happens and we win the turnover battle and our offense gets going faster and better in this game I see the final score of 41-13. Go, Go Broncos and rout the Rams with a big Ol’ Orange Crush. And if they win and the Seahawks beat the Chiefs, they would have a two game lead with only 6 games to play. And if the Colts can beat the Pats, we would have the best record in the Division and the Conference. And next Sunday they play a Dolphin team that is playing pretty well. But it is a home game so I think they can win one of their toughest games in the their late season
schedule. SO Broncos, play well around both of these teams and Bronco Country will be thrilled!!!

Manning Throws Five TD’s In 41-17 Blowout Win Over Oakland

Denver Broncos versus the Oakland Raiders

It took awhile for the Broncos offense to get rolling on Sunday, but once it did, they never looked back, putting up 41 points as the Broncos trounced the hapless Raiders 41-17 in Oakland.

Peyton Manning was 31 for 44 for 340 yards. He extended his record with at least two touchdown passes in 15 straight games and his streak of 48 games with at least one TD pass is third longest, breaking a tie with Johnny Unitas.

He threw five TD’s in less than 17 minutes, throwing two TD passes to Julius Thomas and two more to Emmanuel Sanders as the Broncos rebounded from last week’s loss at New England.

With the win, the Broncos move to 7-2 on the season, and looked solid in their bounce back game from the bad loss to the Patriots.

RB CJ Anderson finished with 90 yards rushing and 73 receiving. Demaryius Thomas had 11 catches for 108 yards.

The slow start saw the Raiders get a pick off Manning and jump out to a 3-0 lead, their first lead over Denver since 2011.

The Broncos then got field goals on a pair of drives inside the Oakland 20 as Manning struggled to get into rhythm. The problems for Manning got worse when defensive end Justin Tuck made an athletic interception, jumping to tip a pass and then catching it himself to give Oakland the ball at the 12.

It didn’t last, as Manning and the offense got going, and by half led the game 20-10.

Raiders rookie QB Derek Carr threw for 192 yards on 47 attempts, most of the production coming on a meaningless touchdown drive in the closing minutes. He also had two interceptions. The running game was limited to 30 yards on 15 carries, as the Broncos defense played well in the blowout win.

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