Enjoy the games, everyone!
Move over, Todd Haley. It’s Handshake Harbaugh!
In a way, the Vikings are now starting to feel like the Broncos (although arguably even more disappointing), though obviously not exactly parallel. Veteran QB vs young QB, the fans are starting to clamor for the latter while the former struggles mightily. Their record is about to get even worse, they are basically already out of playoff contention, pressure is mounting…
Yes, McNabb is not quite same as Orton, and Ponder is a true rookie so may be even less ready than Tebow is/was, but situations starting to feel eerily similar to me nonetheless.
Good points, Drew. You see the differences in talent most years in the playoff games, but many of the teams are more or less equal and the things you listed are huge in terms of how much success they have. And, teams that win do draw players more easily - I was watching M. Thomas’ eight tackles against San Diego, next to Brodrick Bunkley’s efforts at nose tackle and could clearly see that while Denver needs to improve their depth in the defensive interior, they’ve got some very good pieces along that line. Von Miller learned what it’s like to be a rookie, and that was probably good for him.
As the season progresses, the offense of the line is playing better and better, Willis McG has shown himself to still be a top drawer running back and the defensive line is the strongest it’s been in years. Linebacking needs to improve even more, and obviously there are some concerns in the defensive backfield, but overall this is a stronger team than I expected to see. There is every reason to believe that they are going to be able to move up in the standings sooner than perhaps some of us expected.
Oakland Raiders starting quarterback Jason Campbell likely out for the season with a broken collarbone.
That’s exactly why I take all the ‘the Broncos are years away’ talk with a grain of salt. Talent is important, no doubt, but parity is more rampant in the NFL than most will admit. Chemistry, opportunistic coaching that bases scheme on maximizing existing talent, timing, and good old fashioned luck is what separates teams 5 through 28 most year.
Under, sadly we would have our hands full with Dolphins, Rams, colts.
After watching the Packers vs the Rams a bit today, I feel better knowing the Broncos… are better than the Rams. Or at least, have company in misery.
I had a feeling Eagles would come out firing today, a must-win game against a slightly overachieving Redskins team.
Rooting for the Lions against the Niners. Esp since I live in SF and Niners fans become intolerable whenever their team actually doesn’t stink.
OT but good point made by Max Broncos:
@MaxBroncos Big issue re: trades: Broncos need to get more than they would get in compensatory selections after players hit UFA. Otherwise, why deal?
How much has their roster changed since last year?
When was the last time a team that picked # 3 in the draft has turned into maybe a top 5 team? Especially since they essentially didn’t have any major injuries that affected them last yr.
I think I’ve got me some Dalton envy.
The Bills are an amazing story. They look like they are for real.
Panthers/Falcons on here. As much as I don’t want to like Cam Newton, he is fun to watch play football
Today, I am inactive. I’m drinking beer, and watching football.