Jets vs the No Fly Zone. Who’s left grounded?

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By Julie Dixon // @ABroncoNole

As far as who the winner may be between the New York Jets and the Denver Broncos, I have no clue. Flip a coin. All I can say is, this Jets team is beatable.

On defense, NY is in the mid-range of everything, except they do have ten interceptions. Since our quarterback likes to throw to the other team, I’m guessing they will add to that total, the only question is, how many?

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Denver’s Trip to Miami Left Them Swimming with the Fishes

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By Julie Dixon // @ABroncoNole 

New offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave drew up a game plan that was better than we’d seen in a while. It was aimed to take advantage of every weakness Miami has.

Unfortunately, our quarterback was bad; 1.8 QBR bad. Plus, the receivers didn’t help much. Our offensive line often gave quarterback Trevor Siemian time to throw, but the longer the game went on, the more Miami saw there was no deep threat, so they started rushing/blitzing often. 7 vs 5 isn’t going to end well.

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Denver vs Oakland review. AKA: please, make it stop.

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By Julie Dixon // @ABroncoNole   

It was long odds for Denver to pull off a win: on the road, rainy, new Offensive Coordinator, a quarterback in his third start and first in 11 months. Sadly, it may have been his last.

We’d been told that the new OC would tailor a game plan for the new guy. That would equate to being in the shotgun, lots of passes and some run pass option since the dude can run, drop backs limited to three steps.

What we saw instead was… I don’t know what. The exact opposite, only worse. Ten passes were called even though he needs, needed, every chance he could get. With only three days of practice throwing to the ones since August, you’d think getting the timing down would be a priority. It wasn’t. Plus, there was a right tackle in his second start at that position, against Khalil Mack. There was no run, didn’t even crack 60 yards total.

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Review Denver Broncos vs Oakland Raiders – The 2nd Half

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By Julie Dixon // @ABroncoNole   

 

The series of events that took place before the half pretty sums up the NFL life of Lynch. Missed opportunities, poor timing and bad luck. Despite a high ankle sprain, he threw a deep pass that few can do. It was over the shoulder, had perfect touch and into the bucket of our running back Devontae Booker for a TD.

On review, with only one angle to see and it was fuzzy, the TD is overruled. They decide he’s a 1/2 yard shy. On two plays, our backs couldn’t get anything. Lynch rolls to his left and throws a laser across his body right into TE Virgil Green. The ball bounces off, hits a Raider, bounces off him and drops into another raider as he’s falling down. It was a classic, are you kidding me, Blake unfortunate Bortles, interception. Had Green caught it, TD or had it dropped, we’d have kicked a FG.
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Fighting in the NFL: Crabtree, Talib Suspended

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By Kate Arhar // @ClvlndK8  

Today the NFL announced that Oakland Raider Wide Receiver Michael Crabtree and Denver Bronco Cornerback Aqib Talib would be suspended for two games without pay as a result of the fight that took place on Sunday.

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It’s Raider Hater Week and the Season Depends on Leaving the Black Hole With a Win.

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By Julie Dixon //@ABroncoNole

 

The 3-7 Denver Broncos travel to Oakland to take on the 4-6 Raiders. Every time I type 3, it hurts.

Oakland’s defense has been bad. We’ll now see if it was lack of talent or lack of coaching. To me, it’s 3/4 talent. I’m going to assume they have been thinking of this switch, but seeing us change quarterbacks and offensive coordinator was their perfect time. Not a lot you can do with three days of practice with a new defensive coordinator, but when your opponent is facing the same thing on offense, what better time?

Head coach Vance Joseph has made it clear he has no belief in quarterback Paxton Lynch, Denver’s first first-round pick who had two starts last season.  He’s told the media more than once that the game plan will be simple and for Lynch to run, not stay in the pocket (as if quarterbacks Trevor Siemian and Brock Osweiler were good in it) and basically act like a running back. Joseph is equating Lynch to former quarterback Tim Tebow. I wish he was just pulling a Bill Belichick, but this guy keeps little to his chest.

Based on this, Oakland could underestimate him. The combo of Raiders assistant coach John Pagano not having game film, not knowing if Lynch is as dumb as Joseph portrays him or if new offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave will have him use his cannon arm more than his fast legs, could help Denver.

What the combo of Musgrave and Lynch have going for them is using the RPO because of his legs and arm.  The question will be timing. Three days of practice with the ones, former quarterback Peyton Manning would laugh at. Lynch throws the ball quite a bit faster than Siemian and a little more than Osweiler. Four MPH faster rounds off to two yards per second. Plus, Lynch hasn’t thrown to the ones since August and hasn’t had a day of not splitting reps since last December…when he had three days.

On offense, the key for Oakland is to have quarterback Derek Carr pass to receivers who can catch, wear down Denver’s defensive backs and linebackers. Especially if Carr is throwing to tight end Jared Cook. For their defense, show Lynch looks he’s not seen before and hope he throws some interceptions. Our last win was week 4, the only time our quarterbacks didn’t throw a pick; against Oakland.

On offense, the key for Denver is giving Lynch freedom to make plays any way he wants. Use him 180° from Siemian. I hope Billy puts Vance’s remarks and advice in the trash. Musgrave needs to be his cheerleader. Paxton Lynch has taken the biggest beating I’ve ever seen from any fanbase/media group ever, so having just one guy in his corner will be crucial to his confidence.

The defense needs to sack Carr, early and often. Send defensive end Derek Wolfe up the middle. Since Carr injured his back the last time these two teams played, I’m betting he’s got some bats circling the belfry when the defense takes the field.   He’ll want to dump the ball quicker than he should and that’ll set up the chance for our defense to get some picks.  Jam their receivers at the line. Just that one step, combined with throwing the ball early, should work.

The weather forecast for Oakland has projected rain, giving Denver the edge. Not that Denver gets a whole lot of practice in wet weather, but rain usually means more run. I’ll take our run defense over theirs. When it comes to catching wet footballs, I’d say both teams are equal.

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Patriots Dominate Broncos

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By Traci McCartney // @traciamc

Denver has always been a daunting place to play a football game unless, of course, you’re the home team. But the Broncos don’t look like the championship caliber team they normally are. There have been lots of changes since Peyton Manning retired and although the defense is pretty much intact, the offense is lacking, especially at the quarterback position.

Still, coming into this game the Broncos were 3-1 at home. Tom Brady’s Patriots have been 3-4 in Denver in the regular season, and an abysmal 0-3 in the playoffs, so this game wasn’t a sure thing for the 6-2 Patriots coming off of their bye week. But the Patriots played well in all three phases of the game and completely dominated the Broncos. At the end of the 4th quarter, Tom Brady was taken out and recently acquired Brian Hoyer subbed in. As the Broncos’ fans filed out of Sports Authority Field, chants of “Brady! Brady! Brady!” could be heard in the celebratory voices of the remaining Patriots’ fans.

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Best Offense Versus best… Defense?

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By Roxaan Herrera // @rxnlzbth

Eagles 51 – Broncos 23

Sunday’s game against the Denver Broncos was a bittersweet victory.   Wait…that’s a lie. It was a pretty SWEET VICTORY!   I really tried to not enjoy it as much as I did, but I couldn’t help myself. I watched every single minute of it.  Let’s be honest, though, it was over by halftime.

The Denver Broncos are my boyfriend’s team and he’s fully aware that the Broncos aren’t playing to their full potential.   All week leading up to this rivalry game, all I heard from him was “Eagles haven’t seen a real defense” (okay, guy),“Carson Wentz will finally see a real defense” (eye roll), and my favorite “Your running backs aren’t going to get more than four yards on my defense” (eye roll plus smirk). 

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Broncos Country Is Dealing With QB Issues

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By Julie Dixon // @ABroncoNole

Do you know what happens when you cut corners and deny? You get Denver the last two seasons. It’s a year overdue, but it appears Joe Ellis, John Elway, and Vance Joseph saw a mistake was made, took a deep breath and are undergoing triage on it. More importantly, Broncos Country needs to accept it’s going to be a while before the results are seen.

Changing quarterback isn’t an easy thing. For Denver, going with Trevor Siemian was about far more than skill, it involved money and fear and ego. Former Head Coach and current Senior Personnel Advisor Gary Kubiak wanted his hand selected choice, as did QB Coach Greg Knapp. Elway backed his friend.  That set the ball in motion which has lead to now.

When Peyton Manning retired, suites went unsold and Sports Authority Field went under. Result? The Broncos losing money. Because Paxton Lynch was basically red shirted.  His experience and knowledge are lacking.  How could Denver stop the money bleed by going with a QB the media and fans had decided was garbage?

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The Broncos Have To Answer Some Questions

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By Julie Dixon // @ABroncoNole

Los Angeles Chargers 21 –  Denver Broncos 0

24, 42, 16, 16, 10 and 0. That’s the combination to a locker full of questions.

It’s dreary outside and I’m sure it’s pretty dreary inside Dove Valley’s front office. After John Elway saw the writing on the wall last season, he burned down the offensive coaching staff.

He brought in a new Head Coach, offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. He also hired a special teams and tight end coaches. They brought with them a new scheme that was to be juicy and aggressive and score a lot of points. They brought in a lot of beef to man the offensive line. It was to be a team run from shotgun. We heard that all off season. Shotgun means passing. Hence Rivers being under Center a whole lot more in recent weeks to help their run game.

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