The IAOFM staff discuss the Denver Broncos' 24-22 victory over the visiting Cincinnati Bengals. Denver opens with a 15-play, 85-yard drive and scores on a Willis McGahee 1-yard TD run; 7-0 Broncos
TJ: I hope John Fox calls a great game. Last week was not pretty. He just admitted on pre game he abandoned the run too quickly. Good catch, Fox. Nothing gets by you. JD Walton needs to step up today. I'm beginning to start to wonder about that one.
Ted: All 3 interior guys do. They were all terrible last week
TJ: Broncos making good plays - used 22 look, now 21. Now 3rd and 3, and they used--smartly--113 package but went max protect with two outlets. A little stretch bootleg to Julius. Zane Beadles penalty - well he didn't have one last week, so get it out of the way, haha
Ted: Stop me if you've heard that one before
TJ: Willis running hard good play out of a 113 shotgun package. Draw to Lance Ball for 5 yards, good call. Ball running hard, too - he just ran over Maualuga. Nice blocking by the interior, Walton especially. Nice route by Willis, and with all that time, Orton will be all world. Here we go red zone, you have to break through this red zone funk!
Doug: Wow, more Larsen in the passing game - who knew?!
TJ: Great call, play fake and flat - more of this! They can do this more often and should. TD! nice opening drive
Ted: Good run, and good push by right side. I only know from the 1/8 sized Game Mix channel
The two teams each get three possessions, with Denver giving it up on a Decker fumble on the first play of their fourth possession of the game.
TJ: Joe Mays playing nice middle zone!
Ted: Benson's ass cheek is hanging out his ripped pants. There's 81... when he's in the game, Cincy is running
TJ: They always run left when they want yards. ALWAYS
Ted: Nice play by both Mays and Miller. Miller really set the edge there
TJ: His run really is better than advertised
Ted: Yeah, I agree. I saw him at A&M as a four-down, all-phases destructive force, so I guess I'm not surprised.
TJ: Decker needs to get in the game - the power of the penalty. Dalton progresses through reads, just like last week. I can't say I'm not impressed by him
Ted: They keep it really simple for him, and he executes
TJ: The Bengals typically line up strong side right, stack the TEs and then run weakside off LT. I think they were going to do it yet again there
Ted: Yeah TJ...Whitworth is by far their best guy up front
TJ: If it's obvious to me, then they should break that tendency. The strong-side stuff fools no one. They would be best right now to line up strong side and run strong side
Doug: That was kind of a boring quarter of football
Ted: Goodman and Moore were all over that
TJ: Great play by Andre’ - If you are a corner and you bite in that situation, you should be fired
Ted: Yeah, you really can't. That looked like a one-receiver pattern
TJ: Yeah, the surprise would have been if Dre and Moore weren't there. That's more "Hey great job doing what any CB/S tandem should be doing who have studied film this week."
Ted: Well, I worry about Goodman's ability to run with Green, but he did
TJ: Whoa that's a seriously bad cramp or groin pull
Ted: Royal looks like he got nut-punched
TJ: Damn, the Broncos are already down with JT and low on WR. That's a tear and a half
Ted: Tebow is going to come in at WR. That looked bad
TJ: Welcome Broncos fans to the 212 personnel package
Ted: Tebow on the field. Wow, what an uninspired call
TJ: You have to wonder WTF - there is no way they practiced that. I think they are coaching him on the fly
Ted: He took pregame warmups today at WR, and I'm sure that's it. They've been saying that with only 3 WR, Tebow was planned as the emergency backup
TJ: Well, you have to keep your package so it makes sense
TJ: Dawkins, tackle, not strip! Joe Mays, nice nice fill!
Ted: Yeah, that was Mays at his best. Von Miller!
TJ: Von MIller is a knife. I think someone told Big Vick that instead of running up field, his job is to contain his gap
Ted: What a novel concept TJ - Dude, you have the B gap. Stick to the B gap!
TJ: Fumble - just a fluke thing, but not one of Decker's best efforts thus far
Ted: That was a really good throw by Orton, and then somebody else fails on his behalf
TJ: Damn, Decker makes some mental errors, and now that
Cincy and Denver exchange FGs and enter halftime with the score 10-3 Broncos
TJ: Damn, Joe Mays - do not stand still or he will kill you. This is one of the few plays I can think of so far when the Broncos defense has had an opponent down 3rd and long on the season, actually
Ted: Really good coverage by Woodyard
TJ: Good pressure by Von. You are right, Doug - this is a quick and boring game. I guess that happens when both coaches are "committed to the running game." The clock runs, the play numbers decrease and you go,"what happened to the time?"
Ted: Are people really going to buy Fiats in the US?
TJ: If Tebow sells them? You could color the SEC with 'em
Ted: There you go... Jennifer Lopez ain't going to do it
TJ: Umm, is it just me or does Willis blow Knowshon away?
Doug: So much more patience, and he doesn't go down as easily
TJ: Another use of Larsen - I am loving this newfound use of the flat off play-action
Doug: Yeah it's nice to see - have to involve more guys with only two WRs now
Ted: Yeah, I like Larsen in the pass game. He catches the ball naturally, and that's a throw Orton can make consistently
TJ: McCoy is really using his playbook well today with the gameplan. Willis got leveled by Willis! That was violent to the core. Wow imagine if Matt Willis goes down? Then you have big Tim running slants? Haha
Ted: That slant to Decker is a play that Denver should wear out
TJ: This is the Chicago Kyle Orton line: 88 yards, 8-12 with 17 rushes
TJ: Wow, fast game - a lot of good defense against--as Ted said--a predictable team
Ted: Yeah, they really don't mess around with trickery
TJ: Tebow out again. Haha, slot Tebow - go to him! I would love it.
Ted: I am really happy with how McGahee is running
TJ: Willis just reads the openings better. that was a quick opening - one cut and he's in. Nice cut by Ball, too
Ted: Two bad throws by Orton. That sack wasn't his fault, but it's so Orton to take one
TJ: I have no comment on that crap right there. What Ted said
Doug: Yeah what's there to say? Beadles got pwned
Cincy begins the second half with a three and out after Joe Mays drops Cedric Benson for a two-yard loss on first down. Denver takes the next possession 59 yards and caps it with a 25-yard catch-and-run TD by Eric Decker to put the Broncos up 17-3
TJ: Joe MF Mays! That is insane. JOE mays again, hello!
Ted: Mays is in BEEF MODE
TJ: Al Wilson hello. Joe Mays must be training with Romo now
Ted: I really like Dennis Allen's play-calling. The failings of this defense will be failings of talent
TJ: yeah, great point, Ted. I think our UT is the weakness for the moment
Ted: Yeah, it could be better I happen to believe in Marcus Thomas. The Broncos are really getting the running game blocked today. They look like they looked in the preseason. I really like the design and execution there. It's good to ask Orton to do something that he can do. I need Moore to hustle to touch Green down. No damage, but come on! Dalton can get the ball out against a blitz. It must be nice
TJ: Shannon Sharpe doing color now with Griese and Logan on the radio. He's freaking hilarious. Nice 3rd down D - 0 for 6 so far
Ted: Yeah, I'm really pleased with everything the defense is doing. The Cincy offense has gotten away from its running game, which is what they do best. On defense, they ought to be stacking the box, but they're so married to their Cover-2 stuff. Both ways, the Broncos are kicking the Bengals' ass on strategy and play-calling
CBS puts up a graphic showing notable players traded away by Josh McDaniels, plus players drafted with picks given up by Denver
Doug: WTF CBS?
Ted: What a ridiculous graphic
TJ: Dez Bryant and Mike Wallace, hahahaha. Yeah, fools - because they WOULD have drafted them, exactly in that order
Ted: There's no transferance between the asset value of a draft pick when you trade it, and the asset value of the player that that pick becomes
Doug: Yeah you can only complain when you know who they would have taken, ala Greg Jennings instead of trading the pick for Javon Walker. Nice job Ayers!
Ted: Ayers made a fantastic play there. Eyes up, and minding his gap responsibility. That's the kind of play that wins games. Come on, guys!
Cincy responds with a quick FG and then a TD but miss the two-point conversion to make the score 17-12 Broncos
Doug: That's Denver Broncos tackling right there
TJ: A little momentum change after the conservative play calling on a three and out?
Ted: Cincy realized they were stagnant, and they have changed it up
TJ: Denver seemed to begin to enter conservative mode on all sides being up 17-3
Ted: Dalton is a player... I didn't like his arm, but his anticipation is excellent
TJ: At some point, Orton has to pass to keep this game going in the right direction. Play action, my friends.
TJ: First bubble I've seen all year right there
Ted: It's hard to execute well in the NFL, because the linemen have to wait to get downfield
Orton fumbles the ball over to Cincy on the 14-yard line, but the Denver defense holds at the 5 and the Bengals settle for another FG; 17-15 Broncos
Ted: That was awful
TJ: that's not really clady's fault - you have to step up forcefully. I have to be honest, that's pretty standard stuff from any tackle
Ted: Clady blocked him. There's a depth scheme at work, and Orton didn't get to his spot
TJ: I'm pretty sure that's on Orton
Ted: I agree totally
Ted: TJ and I both had that one... Leonard is the screen guy
Ted: Moore made a nice play to chase him down
TJ: Nice play by Moore, yeah - Broncos D again plays well enough to win, so they should
Denver moves it 80 yards in five plays and scores on a 52-yard strike from Orton to Decker; 24-15 Broncos
Doug: I hope we don't go super conservative on offense here
Ted: Larsen had a great cut block there
TJ: he's played well today and has been versatile
Doug: Actually, I guess you can go conservative with the way Willis has been running
Ted: That play to Larsen has been really effective, and it has the added benefit of giving linebackers a read where they're indecisive about attacking him inside
TJ: They actually rolled out ORTON! That was a great rollout call. More of a boot, actually - a stretch boot
Ted: That was well-executed and schemed all the way throughout. Cincy even had a good coverage on, and Orton and Decker beat them
Cincinnati responds quickly, going 93 yards through the air on three plays following a sack of Dalton by Von Miller. Dalton caps it off with a surgical 5-yard pass to a tiptoeing A.J. Green; 24-22 Broncos
TJ: Von Miller's first sack!
Ted: Like he was shot out of a cannon
TJ: And the Mile High Salute - love that someone brings that back
Ted: He's got such suddenness
Doug: More classic Denver tackling, and a horse collar they didn't call
Ted: Wow, look at Dalton knowing exactly where to throw it against Cover-2. Mays didn't get his depth
TJ: Dalton is gonna be good. Honestly, his footwork and reads are better than a lot of guys
Doug: That was quite a throw/catch
TJ: The touch, and that was a hell of a throw right there. Ted, you think his arm isn't strong?
Ted: I think it's average at best for the NFL
TJ: Really? Guess I see it differently, but I watched him play four years, too
Ted: He hummed that one, but I've never really seen him drill the deep out
TJ: I'd say he's stronger than Tebow right now
Doc: I liked Dalton at TCU - still do. Wish Denver would stop the pass there - not much pressure this drive
Ted: That long one was too quick to pressure - the TD, too. That's what I'm really impressed with from Dalton... he knows where to go right away, and he goes there
Doc: He gets the ball out fast, too
TJ: Argh, more momentum changes
Ted: There goes Cincy stacking the box
Doc: Decker's making up for early mistakes, isn’t he?
TJ: His mistakes were pretty big, so he ought to
Ted: I really like the punt coverage in both of the first two games. I'm quickly becoming a Chris Harris fan
Doc: He's a beast on ST. Haven't seen enough in coverage yet, but he's promising.
TJ: Larsen having one of his best games today, STs as well. Okay, who is wearing down? Which DT got owned on that one?
Doug: Vickerson was kind of on skates on that draw play - he had zero leverage
TJ: Thanks, I needed to know, really - he's on my bad list today, so that confirms it
The two teams exchange scoreless possessions
TJ: Broncos seem less than confident, but Joe Mays still bringing the leather. Ayers down
Ted: He'll be okay, he got gut-punched. Green has superstar ability
TJ: Yeah, Ted, I think you're right
Doug: Wow bullet dodged, big time - could've been a TD
Ted: OMG Simpson failed epically. That throw was fine, Beuerlein
Doug: Pressure from Mays helped though - it was a bit behind the receiver. Not a bad throw, just probably affected by Mays
Ted: I would have made that catch! I caught some chick's purse on a roller coaster at 70 mph yesterday, so I feel like a badass
Doc: LOL - the Broncos need ya, Ted
TJ: Play action, NOW - this is the down to do it. Okay, how about a screen right here on 3rd down? Haven't run one yet, perfect time for a screen
Ted: There's a really good reason not to
TJ: Screen, McCoy! I think Ted is onto something with the screens - why don't we ever call them?
Doug: Well we know Orton's not very good with them
Ted: If you could combine Tebow's best throws (deep ball, screen) with Orton's best throws (intermediate), and Tebow's running ability, you'd have a hell of a player
Britton Colquitt blasts an 82-yard punt which had flipped the field from the Denver 8 to Cincy’s 10, but it’s nullified by a penalty on Chris Harris, who was flagged for running out of bounds after having been pushed out of bounds by a Bengal.
Doug: WOW what a kick
TJ: Stupid, stupid returner - 82-yard punt
Doug: Better not be holding. OH NO, that is a big minus. 81-yard punt bye bye
Ted: We need Colquitt to boom another one
Doug: Hello EPV lost? How many points you think that was worth?
Doc: Can't believe that Harris made that mistake. Live with rookies, live with their errors
Ted: Wow.... that penalty was probably worth a field goal
Doug: 45-yard penalty
Ted: In a two point game
TJ: Oh my, this is going to come down again unfairly or not to Kyle. I actually feel bad for him - no WRs
Ted: Kyle has mostly played well today, but I don't feel like we know anymore about him than we did yesterday
TJ: Whoa, strange dive by Dalton. They are going for it. Come on, Bunkley et al! If they line up I-Near and run off LT, they are just dumb, with the LT being the weakside
Ted: Total run personnel there. Cochart, Pressley. That was a big-time play by Ayers! He is off to a really good start this season. The sack counters won't know it, though
TJ: Ayers was just nails - great smarts to not bite
Doc: So much for the 'Ayers sucks' fan club
TJ: He's solid so far this year
TJ: Don't go conservative. Come on, Fox! Play to win, Fox
Doug: How about a screen pass here? Ugh, even better - run it out of bounds. That was REALLY dumb. Way to not kill the clock, Broncos
TJ: WTFFFFFFFF? What you talkin' bout, Willis??
Doc: Weird call - although I understand the idea of avoiding the INC - but then Willis pulls a rookie error - the mistakes and penalties are killing them
Following an exchange of possessions, Cincy is now backed up on their own 5-yard line after a penalty during a punt return. Dalton drive the Bengals as far as the Denver 48, but ultimately they turn it over on downs and Denver wins the game 24-22
Doug: That's a huge penalty - ball on the 5 instead of 30
Ted: Yeah, really big Doug, a huge EPV shift
TJ: Yeah, big time shift - I should look at that next week, along with the 82-yard punt
Ted: Woodyard has had a good game today
TJ: I think he might have double digits in tackles. As you've said, he's better than D.J.
Ted: He's been where he's supposed to be - 12 tackles, 1 for loss. Broncos are losing turnovers and total yards, but have a two-point lead.
Doug: This is where we miss Champ.
TJ: Did someone report on double moves earlier in a scouting report?
Doug: Did they? Hahaha nice job TJ
TJ: Wow, the rook has 320 yards with 2 TDs. 3 downs and 15 yards separate the Broncos from victory
Doug: THERE WE GO! Wilhite?
TJ: Bad sack to take, dumb dumb dumb sack
Ted: That was a great call, and Dalton finally looked like a rookie
Doug: Big play Wesley - that could have been a huge gain
Ted: That was the game-winner if he didn't get it. That was a really low-percentage throw against that defense.
Doc: 1st win on a tough home game - gotta love it. That was an odd final call on the pass, but I'll take it