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  • #61
    Originally posted by rst08tierney View Post
    I think we are finding out who's a closet Cowboys fan in this thread.....

    Be ashamed

    Be very ashamed
    They really should. The Cowboys have not made the play offs in the past several seasons and after a five game win streak, everyone is jealous. The Broncos have been the #1 seed for two years in a row, are 8-1 against their Division in the past three seasons and are the AFC favorite again this year.

    The Cowboys have won five games in a row and people are acting like they've already won the Super Bowl.

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    • #62
      Originally posted by Hanzo the Razor View Post
      They really should. The Cowboys have not made the play offs in the past several seasons and after a five game win streak, everyone is jealous. The Broncos have been the #1 seed for two years in a row, are 8-1 against their Division in the past three seasons and are the AFC favorite again this year.

      The Cowboys have won five games in a row and people are acting like they've already won the Super Bowl.
      Very true.
      It seems like everyone wants to put the hot team for the week up on a pedistal.
      A couple of weeks ago, when the Bengals were 3-0, some were saying this was THE team. now look at them!
      Dallas is a good team this year, but i would be suprised if they make it past one game in the playoffs.

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      • #63
        Wrong thread.

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        • #64
          And hey, Football Outsiders posted their DVOA rankings for week six. Guess who's number one?

          The Broncos are at 34.6% -- 12.6% higher than the next team, at 22% (Ravens, ugh).

          The Cowboys are at 8.1%.

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          • #65
            Originally posted by Hanzo the Razor View Post
            They really should. The Cowboys have not made the play offs in the past several seasons and after a five game win streak, everyone is jealous. The Broncos have been the #1 seed for two years in a row, are 8-1 against their Division in the past three seasons and are the AFC favorite again this year.

            The Cowboys have won five games in a row and people are acting like they've already won the Super Bowl.
            That is the difference of expectations.

            The Cowboys are surprising everyone. Expectations were low and most predicted they would be in the cellar because of their defense. They are over achieving and it makes a good story. They seem to have found a nice balance on offense though. Dominating run game and capable passing. Going to be interesting to see if they can sustain the success. Lets not fool ourselves though. The hype is due to them surpassing the poor expectations.

            As for the Broncos. They were expected to be dominating. They have not been. So that is the story. Even though they win the commentary is more about the weaknesses then the strengths to most. The bar is set so high for the Broncos. There is only one final result that makes this season a success. A Superbowl win.

            Any real or perceived weakness is hyped. Because it is not about how well or how poorly the played against the Jets that matters. It is the speculation of how it will compare and compete against the elite teams in the playoffs and the SB.

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            • #66
              The main difference in Dallas' D appears to be Rod Marinelli as the DC.
              "Stultum est timere quod vitare non potes." ~ Publilius Syrus

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              • #67
                I watched both games on replay. Watching the Cowboys, I thought "Oh, that's what run blocking looks like." Their line didn't win 1-1 across the board, but enough of them pushed downfield to open large lateral gaps between defenders. When you watch Den, NO lineman get a push. It's just a wall moving backwards with 1 or more defenders having slipped through with no more than a chip. It's not just Manny and Clark either. Clady is sucking just as bad (though doesn't whiff as often). Our line is physically inferior to the d lines we've played, excepting the second half of the cards game when injuries and fatigue were factors.

                The other thing that stood out in the Cowboys-Seahags game is the penalties against Seattle. They actually got called on most of their holds, offsides, etc. Carroll was staring down the refs in disgust. Now he knows what it's like to be a Broncos fan and watch the flags come out after every positive play. Speaking of, the holds in the Jets game were mostly deserved, but I also saw a lot of holding by green jerseys. No consistency. And Webster getting flagged for hands to the face on the punt when the jets player had his hands to websters face mask the whole way down the field. They were both guilty, so why so one-sided?

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                • #68
                  Originally posted by samparnell View Post
                  The main difference in Dallas' D appears to be Rod Marinelli as the DC.
                  You really have to tip your hat to him. He's taking a bunch of castoffs and no-names and turning them into a terrific defense.

                  Of course, Seattle played right into their hands -- their weakness is run defense and what didn't Seattle do too much of? Running the football. Lynch was getting 6.1 yards a carry, but they only gave it to him 10 carries. 28 passes, 18 rushes.

                  Meanwhile, the Cowboys? 32 passes and 37 rushes. Maybe this game will convince people that it's worthwhile for Denver to develop a running game? I mean, you look at the teams that have beaten the Seahawks in the past two seasons...

                  Cowboys - 32 passes / 37 rushes
                  Chargers - 37 passes / 37 rushes
                  Cardinals - 25 passes / 43 rushes
                  Niners - 29 passes / 33 rushes
                  Colts - 29 passes / 29 rushes

                  And all these games were pretty tight, points-wise -- there wasn't a ton of running to kill the clock. It was commitment to a well-balanced offensive attack that forced the defense to stay honest. As Pete Carroll said to his team during the Super Bowl...

                  "Don't worry about them running the ball! They will not commit in doing it because it is not how they think they will win and because simply they just can't"!
                  Last edited by Hanzo the Razor; 10-16-2014, 05:11 AM.

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                  • #69
                    Originally posted by FR Tim View Post
                    As for the Broncos. They were expected to be dominating. They have not been. So that is the story. Even though they win the commentary is more about the weaknesses then the strengths to most. The bar is set so high for the Broncos.
                    But how could anyone look at the schedule the Broncos have this year and the one they had last year and expect them to match that level of offensive dominance?

                    In all of 2013, including the playoffs, the Broncos played two top ten defenses in the Texans and Giants -- and it's fair to say both teams' offenses were disasters and didn't allow them to be competitive with any kind of defense.

                    This year, as it currently stands, Denver has already faced two top ten defenses in the Seahawks and Chiefs, with many more top defenses to come in the Niners, Bills, Dolphins, Rams, Chargers and Raiders (I'm surprised about that last one too).

                    Denver won't be putting up tons of 40 and 50 point games this season. They will need to grind out more games. It doesn't mean they're bad -- it's tougher competition for the Broncos this season.

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