This week I’m bringing you another stat you’ve probably not heard about leading up to today’s game with the Seahawks, or as my friend Doug Lee lovingly calls them, the Sea Chickens. Personally, I’m a big fan of economy, so I’m partial to Sea Chicks.
If you spent any amount of time last week following the Sea Chicks, you probably heard the media focus on what the San Francisco 49ers didn’t do as opposed to what the Sea Chicks did right. Certainly you’ve heard all about how Mike Singletary blamed his team’s headsets for a lot of the mistakes the 49ers made. Or maybe you heard Alex Smith whine about the plays not getting to the huddle efficiently (headsets, it seems, actually throw interceptions these days).
Seattle ran the ball 23 times, and from the coverage of the game, it sounded like Seattle’s running game was paltry. The stats back that assessment up, as Seattle averaged only 3.3 yards per play.
Fool Me Once. Shame On You.
Fool Me Twice. Shame On Me.
Fool me Thrice. Shame on the defensive coordinator.
Don “Wink” Martindale, here’s a stat you’ve not heard mentioned this week. The Jacksonville Jaguars ran the ball up the middle 250 times in 2009. That put them at #1 in the league in rushing attempts up the middle (the Broncos were 10th, with 135 attempts). On those 250 attempts, they averaged a very respectable 4.27 yards per attempt.
Hello again, friends. Welcome to Lighting Up The Scoreboard. I hope you enjoy it, and your feedback, as always, is appreciated. I finally remembered to turn up the volume on the voice track, and found time to put together some music that I like okay, for the beginning.
There's not really a lot to add today in the way of text. I'll be tweeting on Sunday (@TedBartlett905,) and my column Shallow Thoughts & Nearsighted Observations will appear her Tuesday morning, for those who aren't as familiar with MHR. Thanks for visiting us; I hope you enjoy the video, and I appreciate your feedback, as always. Go Broncos!!
Hello and happy Saturday, friends. I'm getting excited for the Broncos chances to start the season 3-0 on Sunday, and I hope all of you are as well. Once again, here's Lighting Up The Scoreboard. I got the production time down to about 4 hours (from 9 and then 6 1/2,) so that's moving in the right direction. I also figured out and corrected the color problem, which was due to a bad S-Video cable. I hope you enjoy the video, and I'll see you on the other side of the jump.
Happy Saturday, Broncos fans, and other distinguished guests. I said I would have something up this weekend, and I do. Since Hoosierteacher runs Chalk Talk on Fridays, I think I am going to regularly run this feature on Saturdays. Please look for it if you like it. I mentioned in ST&NO that I have been having technical difficulties with this project. Unfortunately, my Madden footage came through in black and white for some reason this week, and I didn't realize it until last night. Last week, the Pinnacle rendering software was freezing up; so, I guess this is better. At least I got SOME video. I will work on figuring out the problem for next week.
So this is the first pass at the video edition of Lighting Up The Scoreboard, as promised. I've been working on it every night since ST&NO went in the can on Monday evening, and I hope you like it. If I hit the Mega tonight, I will hire voice talent, but for now, you're stuck with me and my nasal, born-and-raised-in-Connecticut sound.
Ordinarily, when I want to do analysis of a team and an upcoming matchup, I look at a few games. I felt like that wasn't really necessary in this case. I watched the Week 2 game between Denver and San Diego, and saw everything I needed to see.
To wit, consider these numbers: 34 First Downs, 145 Rushing Yards, 341 Passing Yards, 486 Total Yards, 34:00 Time of Possession, 39 Points, 1 Turnover. A story was told in September, one which is very easily understood. The San Diego Chargers cannot stop the Denver Broncos.
Well, here we are again. Another chance to clinch the division, and this time, the game is at Mile High. Really, this game against the Bills is both interesting, and a little bit scary to me.
For what it's worth, I think the plan to avoid knowing the outcome of the Chargers-Bucs game is very smart. I want to see the Broncos come out on Sunday, and be ready to play well and win this game, regardless of what happens in Tampa, or anywhere else. Then, I'd like to see the Broncos go to San Diego looking to win another game and finish 10-6. It's definitely worth the risk of injuries to go legitimately beat the Chargers on the road, so that everybody can shut up about the Hochuli situation.
A lot of you have read my stuff on here before, and I'm kind of niche-less, really. For the most part, I have historically just written about stuff that I was thinking about, but I feel like I should use these last few weeks of the season to establish a new recurring feature.
I'm an offense guy, so I decided that my recurring stuff should be about offense. I am also a professional (financial) analyst, so I thought that something analytical in tone would be good. Also, I am a big believer in trusting what my eyes see, so I watch past games, and try to divorce myself of any preconceived notions which may taint my evaluation.