Spreading the Ball Around
“I know Decker had a good day today,” Manning said after the team’s win against the Ravens. “D.T. probably didn’t have the numbers that he’s been having, but his presence, I can assure you, is a huge part of what is going on out there.”
Translation: "I know the weakest link in the opponent's pass coverage, and I'm going to exploit it."
In a related note, Ravens cornerback Cary Williams is still experiencing some lingering pain from the second-degree burns suffered during yesterday's contest against Denver.
Browns coach Pat Shurmur said today he’ll stick with Brandon Weeden despite his poor outing against the Redskins.
He said he still think he’s the long-term answer at quarterback. “Yeah, I’m looking forward to him having a much better game in Denver.’‘
Judging by this column, and this throw-by-throw critique, it doesn't appear there's a whole lot of patience being provided Weeden in Cleveland; wait 'til the old rookie gets a load of the best pass defense he'll have faced all season, by far.
The glow of yesterday's win and last night's Patriots loss is still warm, but it's never too early to predict that the Broncos are going to annihilate the Browns next Sunday.
Good Morning, Broncos fans! It's a tired phrase, as most Chris Berman-isms are, but...this is why they play the games.
After the Patriots (10-4) had reeled off seven straight wins, topping 40 points on four occasions along the way, it appeared they would swat away the visiting 49ers (10-3-1) last night, thus retaining their advantage over Denver (by virtue of their head-to-head tiebreaker) in the race for a first-round bye.
San Francisco's inability to capitalize on early mistakes by New England seemed to be just the sort of thing that would keep the Niners and their young quarterback from knocking off the apparent AFC favorites.
But the ball kept bouncing the way of the Niners - and, indirectly, the Broncos - and San Francisco eventually converted enough Patriots errors into touchdowns, to hang on for dear life in a wild 41-34 stunner that helps put Denver in prime position for the AFC's number-two seed, and a week off to start the playoffs.
Well, well, well. Look what we have here.
It's 10pm here in Denver. The Broncos haven't played a down in almost eight hours, yet they find themselves--if the playoffs were to start today--with a first-round bye.
Win the next two games, Broncos fans, and it's a reality.
Awesomeness happens. And it's not even Christmas yet.
Somewhere, right now, Peyton Manning is smiling. He once said he was going to make his decision to come to Denver the right one.
Thanks to Jim "Jack Frost" Harbaugh going balls out against Bill "Old Man Winter" Belichick, Manning's decision is looking better and better.
Marshall grew more upset when asked about the offense’s struggle to move the ball against the Packers.
“It’s been the same way all year. It’s the same thing every single game. We need to be held accountable,” Marshall said. “What I got to do is try my best to keep it together and not let this affect me because it’s starting to affect me more than it should. And I love this game, I’m very passionate about this game, and right now it’s affecting me way too much.”
Marshall cut off questioning off at that point, stepping down from the podium and wiping away a tear before disappearing behind a door.
Remember, the Bears started the season 7-1. Now they're fighting just to get a wild card.
It's actually surprising Marshall kept his cool the way he did. At least his mental health seems to be improving, unlike his team's playoff chances.
Josh McDaniels to the Bears, anyone?
I believe it was scholar Michael Gerard Tyson who once said: "Everybody has a plan until they get punched in the face."
The Ravens had a plan. That plan probably included a healthy dose of Ray Rice.
Then they found themselves bloodied to the tune of 17-0. The plan shifted to the arm of Joe Flacco. And we all know that's no plan at all.
Somehow the Ravens confused this year's Broncos with Denver teams of the past. It began with a push of Eric Decker by Cary Williams and didn't stop until Decker beat Williams like he was Gerry Cooney. The rest of the Ravens were pushed all over the yard and buried.
The Ravens are no longer the physical bullies they believe they are. After most of the plays in the first half, the Ravens were pushing and shoving like it was the year 2000--you know, when Ray Lewis might really murder you.
Last night, Tracy Porter tweeted the following:
Frustrated. The only word I can bite my tongue to say right now.— Tracy Porter (@T_Porter22) December 15, 2012
A Patriots victory would help them keep pace with the Broncos at 11-3; a San Francisco win would leave Denver as the number-two seed in the AFC, and in control of their own destiny, with the Browns and Chiefs coming to SAF@MH to close out the season.
By winning today in Baltimore, Denver has already ensured itself of being no worse than the three seed; if the Niners pull off the upset, the Broncos will be in the driver's seat for a coveted first-round bye. Enjoy the game, and Go Niners!
Good Morning, Broncos fans. As TJ noted last night, several factors are making today's showdown in Baltimore appear to be a lopsided one in Denver's favor.
The more valuable Terrell Suggs (who just married the woman whom he allegedly dragged alongside his car at a high speed recently) will play today, but Ray Lewis - the importance of whose leadership has not deteriorated along with his physical skills - will not play.
Fellow starting inside linebacker Dannell Ellerbe is questionable, and if he does not play, the Ravens will have Josh Bynes wear the defensive headset in what would be his first NFL start.