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Posted on: December 14, 2008 12:10 pm
 

Week 15 Broncos at Panthers Preview

I’ve been reading the Broncos message board, the news papers, and web sites this week leading up today’s game.  The whipping the Panthers put on the Tampa Bay last week, particularly in the running game have the Broncos heavy underdogs this week.  The projection on one site is DEN 18 vs CAR 28.  The same site has the Panther’s DeAngelo Williams rushing for 117 yards and a TD along with Jonathan Stewart’s 71 yards.  The good news, Jake Delhomme is only projected for 198 yards and a TD with Steve Smith held to 85 yards.  The Broncos on the flip side are projected to rush for 81 yards with Tatum Bell responsible for 45 yards.  Jay Cutler is projected to pass for 238 yards with a one TD/INT.  The majority of the yards will go to Brandon Marshall (71) and Eddie Royal (61).   

The Broncos have played well on the road this year and have had the NFC South’s number (3-0).  The Panthers are undefeated at home, sound familiar?  Yes, so were the Falcons until the Broncos beat them.  You just have to wonder if after how explosive the Panthers were on MNF, if they aren’t due for a let down and a potential trap game? 

Posted on: November 18, 2008 7:36 pm
 

AFC Week 11 Break Down

Overview.  In Weeks 8-10 this post has compared the AFC West to the other divisions.  For the remainder of the season the entire AFC will be reviewed from a head to head perspective.

The AFC North’s two top teams Steelers and Ravens had tough matchups.  The Steelers defeated the Chargers who are still contending for the AFC West lead.  This was a low scoring game 10-11 with a controversial finish.  Another blown call by the official against involving the Chargers.  This call however would not have changed to outcome, just the score.  The Ravens played the defending champions and division leading Giants.  On paper it looked to be a good defensive matchup but the Giants prevailed and posted 30 point on the number 2 rushing defense.  The AFC North as a division is 18-21 and has scored 770 points with 800 point scored against them.  The Ravens have scored the most points in the AFC North with 222 points while the Steelers have given up the least amount of points at 150. The Bengals WR T.J. Houshmandzadeh (3) was a weekly top performer with 149 yards on 12 receptions one being for a TD.

The AFC South front runners are the Titans, who have a strangle hold on the top spot in their division and are still undefeated.  The Colts are still making a push but can’t make up any ground.  They still have a reasonable chance to obtain a Wildcard position.  The AFC South as a division is 23-17 and has scored 916 points with 852 point scored against them.  The Titan led their division in points for and against.

The AFC East has a new leader as the Jets defeated the Patriots in overtime Thursday night.  The AFC East as a division is 24-16 and has scored 936 points with 830 point scored against them.  The Jets have scored the most points in the AFC East with 289 points while the Patriots have given up the least amount of points at 194.  Matt Cassel was this weeks leading passer with 400 yards.

The AFC West front runners Broncos had a road game against the Falcons who were previously undefeated at home and won while the Chargers lost another close game on the road against the Steelers and top their rated defense.  The division as a whole has the weakest records at 13-27.  The AFC West has scoring a total of 795 points and giving up 1,008 points.  The Chargers led the division scoring a total of 245 points and have given up the least amount of point with 229.

Top Performers.  This section will be devoted to reviewing individual performances for each of the following positions QB, RB, WR, and TE within the NFL community of players.  The criteria for a players rating will be based strictly on yardage.  To be considered a top performer the player must be rated within the top 3 at the position.  The Offensive and Defensives unit will be noted in the “Stats at a Glance” section below and not included in this area.  At the QB position, Jay Cutler (3) is the only top performers with 2,838 yards passing.  No AFC RB rated in the top 3 for rushing yards in the NFL.  Andre Johnson is the NFLs leading WR with 995 yards.  Tony Gonzalez is tied for the number 1 position for receiving yards at the TE position.

Playoff Analysis.  The following predictions are from Accuscore.com and are considered the percent chance the team has to obtain a playoff position.  Titans (100), Steelers (87), Jets (70), Colts (66), Broncos (63), Patriots (53), Dolphins (52), and the remaining teams have less than a 43% chance of making the playoffs.

Stats at a glance                       Defense                                                           Offense

                         Pts             Total YPG      PYds/G        RYd/G          Pts          Total  YPG     PYd/G     Rush Yds/G

AFC West

SD (4-6)        22.9 (19)      372 (27)       267 (32)     105 (14)         25.4 (7)       335 (14)        242 (7)        93 (27)

KC (1-9)        27.3 (28)      402 (32)       237 (27)     165  (31)       16.5 (29)      292 (26)       181 (26)      111 (16)

DEN (6-4)      27.1 (27)      386 (29)      243  (29)     143 (26)        24.8 (8)       388   (3)        280 (3)       109 (18)

OAK (1-9)     27.1 (27)      357 (25)      199 (13)      158 (29)       12.8 (32)       256 (30)       137 (32)      118  (10)

AFC North

PIT (7-3)       15.0  (2)        237  (1)       168   (1)       69   (1)         20.9 (24)      300 (25)       200 (18)       99 (23)

BAL (6-4)      18.0  (6)       267  (3)       188   (8)       79   (3)         22.2 (17)      318 (19)      171 (29)       146  (3)

CLE (4-6)       22.1 (15)     368 (26)       206 (15)      131 (23)       13.8 (31)      242 (32)       158 (30)       83 (30)

CIN (1-8-1)    24.9 (24)      337 (20)      194  (10)     138 (25)        13.9 (31)      238 (32)       151 (30)       87 (30 )

AFC East

NE (6-4)        19.4  (9)       308 (12)       204 (14)      104 (13)        21.9 (21)     346 (10)        214 (12)     132 (8)

MAI (6-4)       19.7 (10)      314 (14)       222 (20)      91 (9)            20.9 (23)     353 (9)          236 (9)       117 (12)

BUF (5-5)       21.8 (14)     312 (13)       202 (13)      109 (18)        21.9 (20)     306 (20)        207 (15)      99 (24)

NYJ (7-3)       22.1 (15)     321 (15)       239 (28)      81 (4)           28.9 (2)        336 (12)        211 (13)     125 (9)

AFC South

TEN (10-0)    13.1  (1)        282 (6)        186 (6)         95 (10 )        24.4 (9)       316 (20)         83 (25)       133 (7)

IND (6-4)       22.4 (17)       328 (17)      189 (9)        138 (25)        22.4 (15)     327 (17)         249 (6)        77 (32)

JAX (4-6)      21.0  (13)      328 (18)      215 (18)      113  (20)       21.2 (22)     314 (23)        196 (21)      117 (11)

HOU (3-7)      28.7  (30)     343 (22)      210 (17)     132 (24)         23.6 (11)    370 (5)           255 (5)       114 (15)

Source NFL.com

Posted on: November 10, 2008 4:47 pm
Edited on: November 10, 2008 8:18 pm
 

AFC North Break Down Aganinst the AFC West

AFC North and AFC West Break Down - Week 10. 

Overview.  The AFC North has two teams fighting for supremacy at the end of Week 10.  The Steelers and Ravens are both 6-3, while the Browns (3-6) and Bengals (1-8) are bringing up the rear.  In this respect the AFC North mirrors the AFC West.  Broncos (5-4) and Chargers (4-5) are leading the division with Raiders and Chiefs lagging behind.   The AFC North as a division is 16-20 and has scored 707 points with 720 point scored against them.  The Ravens have scored the most points in the AFC North with 212 points while the Steelers have given up the least amount of points at 140.  The Ravens are riding a four game winning streak while the Steelers dropped a game this week.  By virtue of the head to head play, the Steelers have the lead in the AFC North.

As reported last week the AFC West is quickly become known as the AFC Worst.  The division’s record is meager 12-24 as the Broncos and Chargers won and Raiders and Chief lost.  The AFC West has scoring a total of 726 points and giving up 930 points.  The Chiefs dropped a close game to the Chargers, but not being able to make the extra point after a TD early in the game, and were forced to try a 2 point conversion near the end of the game for the win, which failed.  The Chargers were certainly fortunate to pull this game out at home.

Top Performers.  Though Week 10 the two divisions have some high flyers.  Philip Rivers leads the NFL with an impressive QB rating of 106.3, but Jay Cutler (3) leads Rivers (5) in total passing yards with 2,616.  Cutler had an impressive performance this week throwing for 447 yards and three TDs.  Rivers had an unimpressive outing but managed over 300 yards with two INTs.  LaDainian Tomlinson ranks tenth in the NFL with 629 and is currently tied with Frank Gore who has yet to play this week.  Brandon Marshall (6) and Eddie Royal (10) are the only receivers in these two divisions in the Top 10.  Royals performance this week moved Vincent Jackson  out of the NFL’s top 10 as well.   The TE position is filled with quality players.  Two TE in the AFC West are ranked in the NFL’s top 10 for total yardage along with one from the Browns.  Antonio Gates leads the group with 6 TD but Tony Gonzalez leads the NFL with 544 yards at the TE position.  Kellen Winslow (7) also made the top 10 at the TE position.

Top to Bottom Analysis.  The AFC North teams are 2-1 against the AFC West through Week 10.  The Chiefs and Bengals play the last week of the year to see if the division record will end in a tie or if the AFC North will have dominated the AFC West.  Offensively the AFC West has the Chargers (5) and Broncos (9) in scoring while the AFC North is towards the middle or bottom in this category.  Defensively the AFC North’s Steelers (1) and Ravens (5) yield the least amount of points per game.  Conversely the AFC West is in the bottom 10 for yielding points to their opponents.

Outlook.  Both divisions leaders are starting to put some separation between them and the remainder of the field, but it is undetermined as who will emerge as the champion with no clear cut division leader at this point.

Stats at a glance               Defense                                                           Offense

                         Pts         Yds/G        Pass YPG    Rush YPG       Pts            Yds/G         Pass Yds     Rush Yds

AFC West

Chargers    24.2  (22)     368 (26)     265 (32)    103 (13)        27.1 (5)       349 (10)        253 (6)         96 (25)

Chiefs         27.0 (27)      406 (32)    233 (24)    172  (32)      16.1 (29)       288 (25)      179 (26)      109 (16)

Broncos      27.9 (28)      389 (29)    242  (28)    146 (27)       24.9 (9)        395   (2)         287 (3)      107 (18)

Raiders       24.2 (21)      357 (25)    199 (13)     158 (29)      12.6 (32)       264 (29)       139 (32)      124   (8)

AFC North

Steelers       15.6  (3)      240  (1)    171   (1)        69   (2)      22.0 (18)      288 (26)        191 (24)         96 (24)

Ravens        16.7  (5)      258  (2)    193   (9)        65   (1)      23.6 (12)      323 (16)        173 (28)       150  (3)

Browns        21.6 (16)     372 (27)    227 (22)     145 (26)     19.1 (25)      281 (27)       180 (25)        101 (21)

Bengals       26.2 (26)     331 (21)   194  (10)      138 (25)     13.9 (31)      238 (32)       151 (30)          87 (30 )

Note.  Source NFL.com.  Stats were before the MNF game and may be subject to change.

 
 
 
 
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