The Niners head to the championship round

Sonja Greenfield, Senior NFL Reporter NFC North, NFC East

By Sonja Greenfield // @Mom23RN

49ers 27- Vikings 10

It was the first playoff game played in Levi Stadium and it was a great one for the home team.  It started off being sorta close.  It really seemed like the Niners had some rust to dust off, and the Vikings were holding on to the momentum from their win against the Saints.

Thanks to some great throws by Niners quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo to wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders and tight end George Kittle with the touchdown pass to WR Kendrick Bourne, the Niners were up 7-0.

However, Minnesota was able to score and tie the game at 7 going into the 2nd quarter.  Then all the magic started to happen.

Continue reading “The Niners head to the championship round”

What Did We Learn From the 49ers Loss?

Matt Woolsey, Sports Writer

By Matt Woolsey // @Aresgodff

About the Author: Matt is a sports writer for @49ershub, @SportsTalkLine, and @TheScorecrow, and is a longtime San Francisco 49ers fan. He has been a 49ers fan since the days of Joe Montana, Steve Young, and Jerry Rice. Aside from Jerry Rice, his favorite player was Merton Hanks, loved his dance after he made an interception. Let’s go Faithful.

In hockey the standings are based on a point system and you still gain a point for an overtime loss. In the NFL a loss in overtime is the same as a loss in regulation. There are no moral victories in the NFL. Last Monday, the undefeated streak for the San Francisco 49ers came to an end when they lost in overtime to their bitter rival the Seattle Seahawks.

Retired army General Colin Powell once said, “There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.”

Continue reading “What Did We Learn From the 49ers Loss?”

Broncos defeat the Raiders in a classic 4th quarter comeback

Leora Ruzin, Denver Broncos Reporter

By Leora Ruzin // @LeoraKitty78

Raiders 19-20 Broncos

After coming from behind in the 4th quarter to beat the Oakland Raiders, the Denver Broncos remain undefeated.

It is way too early in the season to celebrate though, especially when you play in the same division as the scary-looking Kansas City Chiefs. This should give any Denver fan a reason to be cautiously optimistic.

The Broncos continue to struggle on offense, as quarterback Case Keenum works through the playbook learning curve. Keenum finished the night 19/35, with 222 yards, and one interception. These are stats that would make anyone itchy to hit that ejection seat.

His regression from Week 1 should not be an immediate cause for alarm, however. Halftime adjustments, particularly on the offense, helped the team finally find the end zone in the 2nd half. Keenum was calmer in the pocket during the 2nd half. He even scored a touchdown on a QB keeper early in the 4th quarter.

Continue reading “Broncos defeat the Raiders in a classic 4th quarter comeback”

2018 Denver Broncos Moves: All Talk, No Action

OTFB Broncos Reporter

By Julie Dixon // @ABroncoNole

In Broncos Country, the word is Rumors. Not Fleetwood Mac’s album, but the non-stop speculation from “sources”. So much talk, so little action.

Sources say defensive back Aqib Talib, wide receiver  Emmanuel Sanders, and quarterback Trevor Siemian are on the trading block. In addition, names like running back C.J. Anderson, outside linebacker Brandon Marshall and linebacker Todd Davis have also been rumored. Add defensive end Shane Ray to that list and you get the picture.

WR Cody Latimer is a free agent, as are WRs Bennie Fowler and Jordan Taylor. Tight end Virgil Green is one as well. WR Demaryius Thomas is due 1.1 to keep his contract going. Center Matt Paradis is a restricted free agent. Seems like I just listed 1/2 our team.

Here’s What I think: Sanders is on the block because he had a problem in Texas and the team didn’t know about it. A veteran like him should know to contact your team and that everything always comes out, so not contacting the team says a lot. He could be kept to entice a guy like QB Kirk Cousins; however, he and Thomas are aging and always hurt.

Talib is rumored to be available because the thought is Denver needs cap space for Cousins and that cornerbacks Bradley Roby and Brendan Langley can replace him. Talib has lost a step and I’m still mad at him because of the Week 17 loss.  I disagree on Cousins in Denver and that the other two can replace Aqib.  With that said, if Denver wants to bring in some fresh blood in a rebuild, I can see this, but not because of Cousins or that Roby is better.

Anderson returning seems like a dismal chance because of his age and in a run-first system, he barely got a 1,000 yards.  The offensive line was actually pretty good as run graters. Not to mention, they have two young backs they need to get going and most likely will draft a third.

Trading Shane Ray is ridiculous. He was injured last season and when he came back late in the year, he wasn’t 100%. I say they sign OLB Shaquil Barrett and keep Ray.  As far as the interior linebackers, I hope Denver drafts LSU LB Tremaine Edmunds. Marshall has too much dead money to cut him and a team won’t pick it up in a trade because of age and injury history. Not to mention, he was the lead tackler.  This will leave Davis on the hot seat.

 

Soon enough, all this talk will turn into action, and it’ll be fun to see what happens!

 

Talk Broncos with Julie on Twitter // @ABroncoNole 

#SmartWomen #SmartFootball 

 

 

 

 

 

The Broncos Have To Answer Some Questions

Official Denver Broncos Reporter

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.

Continue reading “The Broncos Have To Answer Some Questions”

What happened in Buffalo? A Denver Fan’s Take

Official Denver Broncos Reporter

By Julie Dixon // @ABroncoNole

Bills 26 – 16 Broncos

The perfect trap game? We won’t know until Denver plays a few more. A trap game implies or infers, depending on if you’re reading or hearing it said, that a bad team surprises a good team.

Whether Denver got out played by a better team, or shot themselves in the foot, we will know soon enough. For me, it was about being out coached.

Rick Dennison knew exactly how to beat Trevor Siemian and Mike McCoy either had more faith in his quarterback than it warranted or he got out coached. In my keys to the game with our Buffalo Bills reporter Mary Pesarchick,  it was exactly what Buffalo needed to do. They loaded the box and made Siemian throw where he’s not comfortable. The loaded box stopped the run (sort of), but also stopped the short pass game because the receivers couldn’t get YAC (yards after catch). This forced Siemian to take chances that weren’t successful.

They also gave him Emmanuel Sanders for much of the game until he became Siemian’s first read and then starting jumping his routes. The result was two interceptions, as well as two dropped ones, but Siemian was also off on most of his throws all day. This could be because they played Zone and kept giving him one look pre-snap and then changed it post snap.

Continue reading “What happened in Buffalo? A Denver Fan’s Take”