WEEK FOUR: BUCKING THE TREND

Posted September 27, 2013

THIS game should be a shootout. I can even imagine this game hitting the 80 total point mark. Seriously. It bothers me how all the talk is about Manning vs. our lackluster Defense. You'd think all he was going to do is show up and play catch. There is dear friends, ANOTHER Offense capable of putting up points that will appear on that field that day. And in that very same game from what I'm told!.

Denver's hyper-aggressive front seven is not a strength this week. They're going against a scheme that is PREDICATED on deception. Add to that the fact that at all three levels (QB, RB, WR/TE), we have players with enough speed and open-field running skills to punish anybody who guesses wrong. 

As far as taking away Manning's strengths, I doubt we'll be good enough to do that, but we WILL manage to exploit one of his worst weaknesses. Mentally, he handles getting hit worse than most QB's I've seen. It takes him out of his cozy zone, and makes him rush reads, calls, and causes overthrows. (I had him in fantasy a couple times and became a stalker, STUDENT, of his game.) 

We suck at covering the flat and crossing routes. That's no secret. What's also no secret though, is we will trade those routes to hit the QB. I think the trick to this game is to be willing to bleed early, as we lay hit upon hit on Manning. If you can rattle him, you can deconstruct their whole offense. 

I said last week that the RAIDERS would be more competitive than most people thought. The RAIDERS stuck to what they do well, and as I said it was more lively than most thought it would be. If the EAGLES stick to what they do well, some people could go to bed rather surprised Sunday night. That all said, this guy is a HOF QB for a reason.

My Pick: 33 - 47 Broncos

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