First and foremost. Let me take a moment to acknowledge severe flooding and devastation that's going on in Colorado. I hope all your families are safe and that our amazing state will recover quickly from this natural disaster.
It's the Manning Bowl, as I'm sure you are aware it's been dubbed, perhaps for the last time. The Giants are a notoriously hard team to read as they can look awful and highschool team one week and superbowl caliber team the next. However, Manning is 2-0 vs his little brother which, in the grand scheme of things doesn't mean anything, but it's a nice statistic nonetheless. The Broncos left for NY early Friday morning as John Fox custom to leave for east coast games 2 days early to get use to the time difference somewhat. Champ Bailey has been ruled for this game as he is still only doing conditioning and nursing that ankle injury. Chris Harris (25) will start in his place.
Offense - Manning admitted last week the lightening storm had an effect on the Broncos slow offense start in which they could not get into a rhythm. After the first few 3 and outs, they switched from the 3 wide-receiver set to the 2-tight end look to get the ball rolling before switching back near the end of the second half and the beginning of the 3rd quarter and the offense never looked back. I expect them to start out in this set just to get everyone settled and comfortable. Moreno should continue to be the starting tailback as Hillman and Ball are not up to par with blocking assignments yet and they weren't last week. The Giants believe in a very strict 4 man pass rush and will test Manny and Beadles specifically to get to manning. Moreno is the more experienced player to help block or peal off into the flat for pass as the cowboys had very good success with that last week. Finally, the Quadruple threat appears to be something for the ages. The first outing in which we hung 49 points on the @*#&$*(#&*(#&$*(# Ravens was a beyond joyous occasion. There is no way one receiver can't be open as Thomas squared are too fast to be covered by linebackers, Welker finds specific seams in the slot and across the middle constantly, and Decker often will benefit from single coverage as teams will now be worried more about T2. Throw Hillman into the mix and we may very well have the greatest Aerial show the NFL has ever seen.
Defense - The unsung hero of the defense last week was Rogers-Cromartie (45). He blanketed Torry smith who didn't have a meaningful catch until the 4th quarter. RG was targeted once during that entire game, yes, you heard correctly, once! He negated half the entire field, which is Bailey esq! Expect him to be blanketing Victor Cruz this weekend wherever he is. Secondly, is the play of starting saftey Duke Ihenacho (30), who led the team in tackles but plays with controlled abandon. We have not seen the likes of such play since John Lynch in his early days with the broncos which speaks volumes, the sky is the limit for this kid. Finally, continue to look out for Danny Traveython (59), yes he had that ridiculous drop the ball incident before the goal line, but the kid is a stud in the making. His instincts are killer, especially with being mentored by Woodyard and doing an outstanding job as OLB thus far, as the trio did a great job of eliminating most of the catches over the middle and with crossing routes, our Achilles heel last year. Finally, Shaun Phillips was a signing that cannot be overlooked. The guy still has juice! He had 9 sacks last year (that's only two less than Dumervil) and he just got 2.5 last game. He is a worthy replacement until Miller gets back (Speaking of Miller, the story of extra traffic tickets, warrents, etc, are unfounded and his 6 game suspension will stay just that, FACT!)
Hope to see you this Sunday as the meeting last Thursday couldn't have been any better. I want to thank you all for coming so late on Thursday night! We love, support and bleed orange and blue any and every day of the week and it was on serious display!
I am a Broncos fan and I believe. I believe in Mile High Magic and Bleed Orange and Blue. I celebrate the drive and the Mile High Salute. I create the THUNDER, share in the common dream and will forever be a proud citizen of BRONCOS COUNTRY!