The game sounds like a blowout, but look closer. The Ravens beat the Broncos in real scoring drives in the first 2 v 1 (not counting one play drives)
The Broncos went in to half time, made some adjustments, and that was it. The Broncos avoided the box, attacked wide, and Baltimore speed on D was exposed. There didn't seem a lot of disruption on the line by Raven D, so the Denver blocking looked perfect like how you draw it up in practice. The screen was really well done. DT is fast.
Having said all that, the classic sit back Fangio strategy can frustrate Manning IF we can bring the heat with four. Williams will help here. Especially if we sub maybe Willis/Bowman with Lemonhead for TE/RB coverage. Lemonhead has the speed. No hot read for Peyton. Plus, there is the blitz option with Lemonhead that will keep peyton guessing.
The defensive backfield needs to see the ball early. We will get picks if we can jump on the ball. Very well targeted balls by Manning, but no velocity. It will only get slower as the season moves on. Force him to throw bloopers wide If we can keep the ball for 5 minutes per posession, I am not overly concerned. I am optimistic the game would not be exciting.
We need to have a different look on D after the half though. Denver will adjust.
[ Edited by brodiebluebanaszak on Sep 7, 2013 at 8:40 AM ]