Well, it’s pretty obvious that most Dolfans are or should be rooting for the Broncos to defeat the Evil Empire, the lying and cheating Patriots.
But can Denver actually pull it off?
The Patriot Express is very difficult to derail. For all of its predictability, it still works. Little Julie Edelmann will run a crossing pattern. Gronk will run through a seam. Amendola will cause traffic jams. And Brady will run a QB sneak when they need two yards or less. Without fail 100% predictable.
Then why can’t anyone ever stop them? It’s mostly because defenses overthink things. “Oh my! What if Gronkowski runs an end around and Brady pitches the ball back to him? We better be leery of that play and shadow him with a linebacker.” Or else “Maybe Edelmann will actually run a long post pattern into traffic and fight for a ball.” It’s that kind of thinking that dooms opposing defenses. The Patriots don’t do that stuff, so there is no need to look out for it. They run about 5 different plays. Period.
In the Super Bowl last year, Pete Carroll did a good job of stopping Gronk by keeping him well covered with good DBs. Except for ONE play. Pete tried to be cute and covered Gronk with a linebacker. The result: Gronk burned the LB easily, and Brady connected for a long touchdown. Cover Gronk with a LB and you will lose the game. It’s not rocket science.
No matter how awful the Dolphins are, we find a way to beat New England at least once a year. We do get burned by Gronk, but for the most part, we contain him and we’re able to win one of the two games. Let’s hope Denver learns a thing or two from the Miami Dolphins and finds a way to beat the Pats. Ha! Imagine a team studying the way the Dolphins did something!!
Peyton Manning has a decent offense to work with, and the Bronco defense can be good. I think New England will eat up either the Cardinals or the Panthers. If New England is going to lose another game this year, I think Denver is the only team who has a chance. Please, Denver, please.
Remember, however, that the NFL will try everything in its power to give N.E. the win, just like they always do. Watch out for bogus penalties on Denver. Also, why is the Western game on first and the Eastern is later? Makes no sense for the Denver game to be BEFORE the Carolina game. It puts Denver at a big disadvantage to have to start its game earlier than usual.
As for the Cards and Panthers…I guess we’ll see if the Panthers offense is for real. Dolphin castoffs Ted Ginn and Cortland Finnegan are playing well for the Panthers. Cam Newton has made all the right plays all year long. Carson Palmer has stayed healthy. It should be a good showdown.
I’m going with Carolina. I think the Card defense is stellar, but Newton will find away to zig-zag out of the pocket like he always does and frustrate the Cards.
Carolina 24, Arizona 16
Denver 24, Patriots 22
What do you readers predict?