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    My Five Keys To Victory For The Patriots Against The Broncos
    By: Russ Goldman

    Please read my preview of the upcoming game for the Patriots against the Broncos. ...

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    Since the Pats seemed to follow my keys to the Bills game fairly well and it led to a victory I figured I'd post my in depth keys for this week as well.

    1. Pass well
    2. Run well
    3. Coach well
    4. Score alot
    5. Don't let the opponent score alot

    Let's see how well the Patriots can execute on these and how it correlates to success on the field.
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    These two go together. If the drives stay on schedule, 2 TEs stay on the field and the threat of the run is always there, Dumervil and Miller won't be able to pin their ears back and fly upfield. Consider:

    Dumervil 5'11", 260
    Woodyard 6'0", 229
    Miller 6'3", 247
    Brooking 6'2", 240 (36 yo)
    Johnson 6'1", 237

    The Broncos are undersized in their front 7 even if they stay in base. Just like last week, the TEs are big enough to handle any of these guys in the run game. Gronk can handle Dumervil, Solder and a pulling Connolly can wipe out Woodyard and Johnson/Brooking at the 2nd level and the rest can just be sealed off. If the Bronco secondary is making a lot of tackles, the Pats are in really good shape. Add to that Dumervil/Miller getting hit by linemen instead of running around them to the QB.

    It was mentioned that Denver is a top 10 run defense. That is a fact. However, the Pats will be the best rushing offense they will have faced (or at least comparable with the Texans). The Falcons are mediocre (and predictable) running the ball, the Raiders are terrible and the Steelers only run the ball because they get teased if they don't. Remember, the Bills were an average run defense in yards and average before last week.

    This is the reverse of the above situation. Wilfork and Love need to create a traffic jam against Koppen (1st start of the year), Kuper (1st appearance of the year) and Beadles (good on the move but underpowered when asked to drive/anchor). Keep the OTs on an island, keep the LBs clean and force McGahee to bounce outside. The TEs aren't blockers so they won't be of much help except chipping and double-teams.

    This makes Ninkovich the key player IMO. The Broncos run wide right pretty well. Ninkovich has to seal the edge effectively and turn them back inside into the trash.

    These 2 points go together as well. Wilson pressed up quite a bit against the Bills and he would seem to be a good counter to the Tamme/Dreessen/Stokley routes in the middle of the field. In an ideal world, this would be the perfect game to roll out Dowling and Dennard. They have the strength to smack around receivers off the line and the short-area quickness to be pests after the jam for a couple of seconds...which is all the time they need. Let Chung play the deep middle to erase anyone going after a wobbling deep post. Leave McCourty alone outside and dare Manning to go deep outside the numbers...knowing that McCourty has been gobbling up underthrows.
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    Thanks for that, that's a nice breakdown Metaphors.
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    This is an excellent point. The Texans gashed the Broncos for 151 yards on 34 carries with Arian Foster going for 105. They had an excellent run-pass balance. Look for the Patriots to do the same today.

    The defensive line of the Broncos is undersized, especially against the run with Fells and Gronkowski in there with the offensive line. The size and youth of the Pats offensive line is a strength that Belichick and McDaniels see as something to improve as the season goes along. There are more pulling plays and reliance on gap blocking with this quick group.

    The three-headed backfield (Woodhead, Ridley, Bolden) provides options that can be used as the game progresses and the matchups reveal where the Broncos are struggling against the run. Look for another 150+ yards rushing today against the undersized Broncos defensive front seven.
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    I agree with you on most of your thoughts but I'm not sure I trust Chung with the deep middle role vs Peyton Manning. He has a propensity to lose ball contain on deep plays. I'm not sure if it's just lack of speed or mental breakdowns that is causing this.
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