Monday, October 7, 2013

5 Ways the Denver Broncos Don't Win the Super Bowl

The Denver Broncos have won a regular season of games in a row, 16.  Going back to last year's regular season, the Broncos are on a dominant winning streak which won't probably end till late in this regular season when there is nothing left to play for.

The extended pre-season will probably start at game 13 or 14, unless Kansas City is able to keep up some pressure.  Peyton Manning plays for Super Bowl wins and it is unlikely for him to play in games that have no bearing on home field or the standings.

The Broncos are the big favorite to win this season's Super Bowl and they should be.  The win against the Cowboys Sunday showed how hard it is to beat them and how close to perfect a game teams have to play in order to make it close at the end.

Beginning with the obvious:  The Broncos Don't Win the Super Bowl if...

1) Peyton Manning gets hurt.  "Duh!," said Homer Simpson.  Peyton is the motor that makes the engine run.  His audibles, his brain, his decision-making, his pin-point passing, his reads and his athleticism (yes, I said it) make it difficult to replace him.

2) A team plays an almost-perfect game and the Broncos have a blown-call on defense at the end of the game (or some kind of mental breakdown at crunchtime).  Since the winning streak started from last season, the Denver offense has proven it can lead and not be caught for good.  It was a defensive lapse in last season's playoff game against Baltimore that put the Broncos in a bind and cost them the game. Baltimore had played a fine game to that point, but didn't deserve to win until a costly Denver defensive backfield error assisted them.  (Who knows, Denver could be going for two Super Bowls in a row this season, if not for that breakdown at the end of the game to Baltimore.)

3) Teams must go for it often on fourth down situations.  In order to beat Denver, a team can't beat itself and teams must be able to convert on unconventional kind of fourth downs.  For example, it's first quarter and fourth and four from the Denver 45 or early third quarter and fourth and nine from Denver's 38.  The point is to keep the ball out of Peyton's hands as much as possible, which leads to the next possible way the Broncos don't win the Super Bowl.

4) Teams must try onside kicks.  (It worked for New Orleans coming out of halftime against Peyton and Indianapolis in the Super Bowl.)  Any team playing the Broncos should be practicing onside kicks all week long in practice as part of their strategy to win.  Special teams has to play a big role against Denver, who by the way-has one of, if not, the best kick returner in all of the NFL, Trindon Holliday. Why kick off at all?  Just try an onside kick every time.  This should be Jacksonville's strategy this week, if they score (they will have at least one kick-off).

5) Teams must go for the two-point conversions on every touchdown scored.  Again, the strategy should be to practice them all week long in preparations for the game.  Go for an extra point every chance possible gives teams the potential to gain an extra field goal in a game if they score three touchdowns or by scoring twice on three attempts, one extra point could be the difference in tying or being ahead at the end of the game.

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