Week 11 Prediction Article – Cincinnati Bengals @ Denver Broncos

Good morning, Bronco fans.  It is week 11 in the NFL and things could not be worse for our beloved Broncos.  After losing 5 straight, the Broncos (3-6)  have become the laughing stock of the NFL.  They have completely unraveled offensively, defensively and mentally.  The coaches are in over their heads and the players have not found a way to gel as a unit.  The Broncos have allowed opposing teams to score 92 points in the last two games.  Yeah, 2 games.

Can someone point me to the lost and found?  Where is the identity of this team?  Where are the play makers?  Where did Von Miller, Demaryius Thomas and the No Fly Zone go?  What happened to the special teams unit?  This season has exposed Denver as a very plain, lackluster and vanilla team.  The schemes have shown no creativity, other than finding ways to lose.  The passion is gone, the press conference answers by the coaching staff are cliche, and this team has no true leader, and that is obvious.

Even though the Broncos are heading towards the cellar, there are still 7 very meaningful games left to be played for these Broncos.  There is still something to play for.  No, I don’t expect Denver to go on a 7 game winning streak and sneak into the playoffs as a wildcard, although stranger things have happened.  People are playing for their jobs now.  Coaches are coaching for their jobs.  The pressure of winning the division and making the playoffs is long gone.  This is about their heart, their pride and their livelihood.

The Broncos need a hero.  They need a spark, and they need a leader.  I am not sure where they are going to get it from, but someone has to step up.  The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, all while expecting different results.  This team is insane and not in a good way.

Standing across the field from the Broncos today is a team heading in the same direction.  The Bengals come into the game with a 3-6 record having lost 3 of their last 4 games.  This team has play makers, they have a decent quarterback and they have a good defense, but also find themselves among the bottom of the barrel in the NFL.

Today, our hero reemerges.  His name is Von Miller.  I expect a big game from Miller, who will turn in 3 sacks and 1 forced fumble, as the Broncos start to find their identity.  Creativity will be the key.

Final Score Prediction

Cincinnati Bengals – 13

Denver Broncos – 27

Broncos DE Derek Wolfe on Teams’ Struggles: “It’s New. And It’s Terrible”

The Patriots routed the Broncos 41-16 Sunday night. And the once mighty Denver defense looked ordinary in the defeat. Defensive end Derek Wolfe was critical of his team’s effort, Mark Kiszla of the Denver Post reports.

“It’s just sad. It’s real sad,” Wolfe said Sunday. “It’s sad that we went from a championship-caliber team to a team that stinks and nobody respects us.”

“This is new,” said Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall, trying to wipe off the stink of it all in the locker room. “It’s new. And it’s terrible.”

The Eagles dropped 51 on the defense a week ago, right? Well, it did. Denver had not given up more than 40 points in back-to-back games since December 2011.

“I think we stink,” said Wolfe, who punctuated his disgust with a word not fit for print in a family newspaper.

“We’re used to winning. We’re a winning organization. And we’re losing right now. It’s tough. We’re not used to it. And nobody’s happy,” Denver cornerback Bradley Roby said.

The Time Has Come

The time has come to make the final QB change of the season.  It is time to see if the saying is “In Elway We Trust” or “In Elway We Bust”.  23 year old QB Paxton Lynch, a product of Memphis, was highly coveted by GM John Elway and that was made apparent when Elway traded up in the very first round to obtain the signal caller.  In 3 seasons with Memphis, Lynch completed 63% of his pass attempts, and had a 59/23 TD to Interception ratio, however, that success did not translate over to the NFL in Lynch’s first 3 appearances.

Last season, Lynch played in 3 games, starting 2 of them.  He completed 59% of his passes, threw 2 touchdowns and was picked off once.  While the sample size we have received is small, it is time to get a bigger and better look at our first round draft pick.

The season is virtually over for Denver, unless something can spark this team on both offense and defense.  Will Paxton Lynch be the hero that Denver needs?  I don’t know, you don’t know and the Broncos brass doesn’t know either.  So, now is the time to find out if this was a smart pick, or simply a bust.

I’ve seen enough of Siemian and Brock to know what they are capable of doing, good and bad.  We need a leader.  Paxton, what say you?

Week 9 Prediction Article – Denver Broncos @ Philadelphia Eagles

Good morning, Bronco fans!  It is week 9 of the NFL season as Denver hits the halfway point desperately in need of a win.  The Broncos (3-4) are going into the city of brotherly love against one of the hottest teams in the NFL.  The Philadelphia Eagles (7-1) have the NFL’s best record and one of the best young quarterbacks in the game in Carson Wentz.  If the Broncos are going to turn their season around, today would be a great day to do it.

Turnovers have plagued the Broncos 2017 campaign, so much that Vance Joseph has made a change at the quarterback position.  After throwing 10 interceptions in the first 7 games of the year, Trevor Siemian now finds himself holding the clipboard for Brock Osweiler.  Oswelier returned to the Broncos after an unsuccessful season in Houston and then being released by the Cleveland Browns and will look to carry the team on his back as he did a few years ago en route to a world championship.  If Brock can protect the ball and make smart plays, the Broncos certainly have a chance to turn this season around.

Last week against the Chiefs on Monday night, the Broncos defense came to play, but again were decimated with poor throws and horrible decisions from their quarterback.  Division began to rear its ugly head in the locker room; defensive players growing restless.  Change was needed, change was warranted and a change was made.  This is now Brock’s team.

But don’t get too excited just yet.  While change was needed, we will see how much the identity of this Broncos offense really changes.  Brock isn’t the greatest, in fact, he is far from it.  He has 26 career touchdowns, but has also thrown 22 interceptions, a trend that Denver does not want to continue to see, nor can they afford it.  Brock’s job is simple; protect the ball.  If he can avoid committing turnovers and keep the chains moving on offense, then this team could look like the team that laid the smack down on the Cowboys earlier this season.  If he can’t, well, the Broncos will be watching the playoffs from the same place I will be watching them from; on the couch.  Let’s hope today is the start of something good, if not great.

The Broncos are slowly getting healthier and should have some key players back for today’s game.  Shane Ray returned last week, although on a limited snap count, and WR Emmanuel Sanders will return for today’s game in Philly.  Having Sanders back should help the flow of the offense and should help Demaryius Thomas reunite with the end zone.

5 Keys to a Broncos Win

  1. Score First – The Broncos do not want to be playing catch up.  The Eagles have a very potent offense that can hurt you fast, but their defense is pretty good too.  The Broncos cannot win this game if they are trying to claw their way back from an early deficit.
  2. Run Forrest, Run – We have to run the ball, and we have to hold on the ball.  Drive sustainability and clock management will be the #1 factor in this game.  Feed C.J. the ball as frequently as possible.
  3. Win the Turnover Battle – Cliche, of course it is, but it is of utmost importance.  The Broncos have to find a way to force more turnovers without giving the ball back to the Eagles.  Protect the football at all costs.
  4. Convert Third Downs – The Broncos have only converted 39% of their third down attempts, while the Eagles rank 2nd in the league at just below 48%.  Keeping the offense on the field and limit the amount of time Carson Wentz has.
  5. Get Pressure on Wentz – The Broncos need to find a way to get pressure on Wentz.  The Broncos front four need to be physical and nasty.  The easiest way to force turnovers is to make the quarterback make bad decisions.  Hit him early, hit him often and stay in his head.

Final Score Prediction

Denver Broncos – 23

Philadelphia Eagles – 20

 

Week 8 Prediction Article – Denver Broncos @ Kansas City Chiefs

Monday is finally here and that means it is time for Broncos football.  This has been a very long 8 days as I  am trying to get the bad taste of being on the wrong side of a shutout out of my mouth.  I always say it is good to get these types of games out of your system early as you would rather play a bad string of games in October as opposed to playing poorly come playoff time.  The Broncos have showed us 2 completely different teams this year.  In Week 2 against the Dallas Cowboys, the Broncos looked virtually unstoppable during their 42-17 beatdown over the Cowboys.  In Week 7, they get shutout by a team that I believe they should have beaten handily.

The Broncos are on a crazy rollercoaster and they have been taking their fans along for the ride through all of the twists and turns.  With the bye week in the rear view mirror, the sense of urgency must be at an all-time high, especially playing against the division leading Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium.  Simply put, the Broncos cannot afford to fall another game behind Kansas City if they have any plans or aspirations of making it into the postseason.

I have heard time and time again over the last several weeks that the problem is QB Trevor Siemian.  While I agree that he is not playing very good football, the issues are much more compound than just the quarterback.  In fact, there are issues on both sides of the ball.  No Fly Zone?  Seems more like frequent flier reward miles.  Yes, I know, the Broncos have the league’s #1 rated defense based on yards per game.  Yes, I know, the Broncos have the league’s #1 rated rushing defense based on yards per game.  The Broncos also have the league’s #6 rated pass defense based on yards per game.  These things are all great, especially when compared to the offense, who is ranked in those same categories 15th, 14th and 17th, respectively.  The problem isn’t necessarily the yardage.  Sure, we are good at stopping teams from racking up yards, but we can’t seem to keep them from scoring.  Our defense allows 19.7 points per game, and our offense is scoring 18 points per game.

We have to play better on both sides of the ball.  We are giving the ball away too many times on offense, and we are not taking it away enough times on defense.  Denver ranks 30th in the NFL in the turnover battle, currently sitting at -8.  Only Cincinatti and Cleveland have a worse give/take ratio.  That, folks, is not good.

I am not going to get into the numbers or statistics.  I do that enough, and quite frankly, at the end of the day, none of that matters.  The only statistic that I care about is wins.  It doesn’t have to be pretty and it sure isn’t going to be perfect, but we have to be smarter.  Smarter as coaches and players.  While we are only at the halfway point of the season, this game will have a huge impact on the rest of the season and how the AFC West shapes up.  As far as I am concerned, the first game of the playoffs is tonight.  This is a must win game in a very hostile environment.

5 Keys to Victory

  1. Focus – Play 60 minutes of hard, smash mouth football.  Stay focused and when it’s your time to make a play, make the play.
  2. Discipline – Knock it off with stupid penalties, especially on 3rd down.
  3. Force Turnovers – Simple.  Take the ball away and don’t give it back.  The only way you give them the ball back is on a kickoff.  Force turnovers, shorten the field and score.
  4. Run the Ball – I don’t care if it is Anderson or Charles, or both.  Run, run, run.  If we don’t establish the run, the defense will cheat and play the pass more.  We need a running game.
  5. Stop the Run – Kareem Hunt is not easy to stop, so it is easier for me to say than it is for the Broncos to do, but we have to contain that man.

Final Score Prediction

The Broncos get back to their winning ways, going on the road and beating the Chiefs.  The Denver defense comes back to form and Trevor avoids turning the ball over.

Denver Broncos – 27

Kansas City Chiefs – 10

 

Easy Gift Ideas For That Sports Lover On Your List!

Does the idea of attending a football game while yelling at the players who can’t hear turn you off from going out? Do you fall asleep on the couch every time that somebody puts a game on the television?

If you answered yes, then chances are you find it hard to shop for sports themed gifts for your friends and relatives. If this is the case, then you have come to the right post! Below are some great gift ideas to help you out of a tight spot.

Club Membership

When it comes to supporting their team, there’s no better way to show it than by being an official member. For this gift idea, all you need to know is the name of the recipient’s favorite team and whether or not they have a membership already.

If they don’t and the season is coming up, then you just found the perfect gift idea!

If they do have a membership and the season is currently underway, look for upgrade options which you can include, such as better seating, or unlimited food and drinks, etc.

App Subscriptions

If your recipient is a true sports fan then the chances are that they participate in fantasy leagues with their friends and people around the country. These are great hobbies for sports enthusiasts to enjoy, however, aren’t always free, with many of them requiring a subscription to unlock all of the available features.

Find out which app your recipient prefers and look at purchasing a membership for it. Alternatively, a simple credit to the app store of their use will enable them to keep up to date with the latest news along with playing fantasy games with their social network.

Clothes

When you were a kid, the last thing that you wanted to receive was clothes. However, now that you’re an adult, you can appreciate the gift. Despite their behavior at games, sports fans are grown adults too and will also appreciate clothes. Check out the Groupon Coupons page for Charlotte Russe for great discounts on current fashions which are sure to be well received. Additionally, jewelry in their favorite team’s colors is another great idea they can use everywhere and one that is sure to be a hit.

Merchandise

If neither of the above ideas interests you, then you can’t go wrong with merchandise. Bumper stickers, clothes patches, flags, toys, anything you can find that has the logo or the name of your recipient’s favorite team will be a great backup gift. If you can, buy a few small items which they can place around their home and workspace to show off their passion for the game! Remember, it doesn’t matter how silly it seems, it just has to have their team’s logo on it.

Just because you aren’t interested in sports doesn’t mean that you can’t give the perfect gift. Keep this article bookmarked and ready for the next time you need to get a present for a sports fan and have no idea what you are going to do.

WR Emmanuel Sanders to Get MRI on Injured Right Ankle

Broncos wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders suffered a right ankle injury Sunday night and will undergo an MRI on Monday, Nick Kosmider of the Denver Post reports.

After he was unable to haul in a wayward pass from quarterback Trevor Siemian, Sanders was hit below the knee by Giants defensive back Landon Collins, who was vying for an interception.

Sanders, who had caught five passes for 76 yards to that point, immediately clutched his right leg after the hit. After several minutes, Sanders was helped off the field by trainers and was later carted to the locker room.

The Broncos ruled Sanders out for the rest of the game with an ankle injury. Coach Vance Joseph said after the game that X-rays for the wide receiver were negative.

Week 6 Prediction Article – New York Giants @ Denver Broncos

Good morning, Broncos fans!  Today we take a look at our week 6 opponent, the New York Giants.  The Giants (0-5) are coming off of a 27-22 Week 5 loss at the hands of the Los Angeles Chargers, burying them in the NFC East.  Unfortunately for the Giants, that is just the tip of the iceberg, as week 3 was way more costly than just losing a football game.

Facing the Chargers in a battle of 0-4 teams, the Giants would end up dealing with insult to injury, or is it injury to insult, as not 1, not 2, but 3 Giants Wide Receivers left the game and will not be ready for their week 6 match-up with the Broncos.  Even worse, Brandon Marshall and Odell Beckham have been lost for the season.

The trio of injured wide receivers, which include Beckham, Marshall and 2nd year receiver, Sterling Shepard have combined for 65 catches, 719 yards and 4 touchdowns.  To put that into perspective, that is 47.4% of Eli Manning’s completions, 53.7% of Manning’s yards, and 50% of Manning’s touchdowns during the 2017 campaign.  It is safe to say that the Giants and Manning are going to have to be extremely creative, as they will be facing one of the toughest defenses in the NFL in one of the toughest places to play in the NFL.

The Denver Broncos (3-1) are coming off of their bye week and will continue the quest of chasing down the undefeated, 5-0 Kansas City Chiefs.  Head Coach Vance Joseph has instilled a new message to his team during the bye week, telling his players to do more.  Whatever was done in the first quarter of the season, it is time to do more.

While the Denver defense ranks #1 in overall defense (260.8 yards per game) and #1 in rushing defense (50.8 yards per game), the unit can improve, specifically and ironically, in pass defense.  They are currently ranked 11th against the pass, allowing opposing quarterbacks to rack up 210 yards per game in the air.  The No Fly Zone must have been giving out some frequent flier miles and now it is time to cancel that promotion.  Those miles have expired.

The Denver offense could use some “More” too.  While 2nd year starter Trevor Siemian has been serviceable and has shown glimmers of becoming a star in this league, Siemian will need to do more to keep this team heading in the right direction.  In four games this season, Siemian has already thrown four interceptions, and has also held onto ball too frequently.  Pair that with an offensive line in the making, Siemian has been sacked 13 times in the first four games of the season.

Demaryius Thomas has yet to catch a touchdown, Sanders only has 2, and there has yet to be a 3rd wide receiver emerge from the depths and provide Siemian with a solid 3rd option.  Bennie Fowler has been there at times, and does rank 3rd in the team in receptions and receiving yards.  So yes, this team can certainly do more, and if this offense figures it out any time soon, this team has a real shot at going deep into the playoffs.

5 Keys to Victory

  1. Do not over think this game, especially on defense.  The Giants will be without their 3 best wide receivers, meaning that the Giants are most likely going to have to get creative in order to move the ball.  Stay in your spot, stay on your man, and don’t try to be a hero.
  2. Keep pounding the ball with running backs C.J. Anderson and Jamal Charles.  Anderson is ranked 10th in rushing yards and ranks 4th in the league, averaging 82.5 rushing yards per game.  Control the pace of the game, control the clock and control field position.  This can all be accomplished with a strong running attack.
  3. Get the wide receivers involved early.  They don’t have to carry the load and do all of the work, but it is very important to get your receivers in the game early.  Receivers have a tendency of becoming somewhat selfish, so getting them the ball early will only help with their mentality as the game wears on.
  4. Keep the penalties to a minimum.  The Giants are going to need all the help they can get tonight, and I don’t want us to be the ones giving it to them.  Get the defense off of the field and do not give them an inch in penalty yards.  3rd down penalties will not only wear out a defense, but it will push the momentum pendulum in the Giants direction.
  5. Keep your Quarterback upright.  Give Trevor time to do his thing.  He has proven that with time, he will make the right decisions and he can make all of the throws.  Give him the time necessary for the play to develop and I can see a 300 yard passing game today.

 

Final Score Prediction

New York Giants – 9

Denver Broncos – 34

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