Posted Sun Dec 30th by Big Pete
Can the Broncos beat the Patriots
if when we meet them in the playoffs?
A few weeks back, I wrote an article diving into the all important playoff question… Can the Broncos beat the Patriots? Today, I’m re-examining that very question.
Eleven weeks ago, we played the Patriots in Foxboro, and after a rash of self inflicted wounds, we ended up in the 4th quarter with the chance to tie the game after we snared the game’s momentum into our favor. Our offense was still trying to find their way while Peyton Manning knocked the rust off after missing the entire 2011 season. Our defense was just plain horrible (ranked 30th) as Joe Mays and Tracy Porter were still in the starting lineup. Our special teams were vanilla and boring in every sense of the word. Yes my fellow Broncos fanatics, we were a middle of the pack team trying to find their way.
However, a strange thing started happening after that game; we started developing chemistry. When injury strikes a normal team, that team takes a hit. As strange and dreadfully wrong as this might sound, when injury struck the Denver Broncos, we got exponentially better. Out goes Tracy Porter, in comes Chris Harris and Tony Carter. Out goes Joe Mays, in comes Keith Brooking. Out goes Willis McGahee, in comes Knowshon Moreno. Yes, the injury Gods have been very kind to the Broncos indeed.
Today, we find ourselves sitting at 12-3 with the No. 2 defense and No. 4 offense in the NFL. Our special teams are once again a threat, and we are blazing a trail through the NFL. With the No. 2 Seed in the playoffs firmly in hand (and a very real possibility at the No. 1 seed), the Broncos are hitting the playoffs as the hottest team in the NFL. What’s even more frightening for opposing teams is that not only can the Broncos hang with every team in the league, but we haven’t even played our best football yet.
Onto the question at hand… Can the Broncos beat the Patriots? Yes! Emphatically, Yes! Not only can the Broncos beat the Patriots, but there is strong sentiment circulating around the media that the Patriots might purposefully tank the Dolphins game so that they can avoid playing the Broncos in the playoffs. There is also strong sentiment that the Patriots need the home field advantage in the playoffs more than the Broncos.
So let me get this straight, if a team needs home field advantage more, and might purposefully try to lose a game in order to dodge another team, how can there even be an argument saying that they can beat the Broncos? There simply can’t be such an argument. The Broncos are the most complete team in the league, and are the Vegas odds on favorite to win the Super Bowl. We don’t NEED to play in Denver in order to win, and we certainly won’t try to dodge anyone. Yes fellow Broncos fans, the Denver Broncos are THE team to beat in the NFL.
I can see it now, Moreno tearing up the off-balanced Patriots, and Peyton Manning carving them up through the air thanks to the ridiculously effective play action. As the game goes on, Tom Brady will get more desperate to make a play and start throwing picks. A few weeks ago, I said that no, we couldn’t beat the Patriots. Today however, yes, we can beat the Patriots. Not only can we beat them, we can beat them in convincing fashion. This game won’t come down to an end of game field goal, no, we can beat them by 10+. Make sure to bring the noise for our playoff game! Instead of picking holes in our game, lets ride this amazing ride and beat our chests like its 1998 all over again!
What do you think BT faithful? Agree? Disagree? Lets hear it in the comments below!