Anyone who tells you they haven’t had this game circled on the schedule is lying. From you and I to Kraft to Bellichick and Brady down to the water boys and the talking heads, this is “ The One “. It’s Pats- Broncos, it’s home field it’s Brady-Manning XVI. Honestly what other regular season match up is deserving of Roman Numerals. This is a rivalry so big it has its own Wikipedia page. That’s Bird – Magic, Frazier-Ali kind of respect. But I’m not here to go over the previous XV, I’m here to tell you all what the Pats and Tom need to do to win the Sundays match up between the two best QB of their generation. So lets get to it.
Fast and Furious: Brady and co need to storm out of the gate Sunday. Let clock control come from moving the chains no taking the play clock down to three two or one. Don’t give this Broncos defense time to breath much less switch out personnel.
Run to Darkness: I can hear you saying to yourself, Darkness? Murph you mean daylight don’t you? No run to darkness, what else would you call DeMarcus Ware and Von Miller? These aren’t exactly the Sunshine Boys. Ware and Miller have been wreaking havoc on opposing QB this season, this one of the most vicious sack combinations in the NFL and how do you combat this kind of Evil? Run at them all day long. Quick pitches to Vereen and off tackle gut check runs to Mr. Grey are just the ticket to keeping these two and the rest of the Oompa Loompa ‘s off balance and Tom standing tall.
Release the Kraken: The Kraken being our Tight Ends who did you think I was going to say, Amendola? While the outside of the Denver defensive backfield is stout the middle of the field is where you want to attack. Once again Tom needs to utilize Gronk and Tim Wright to open the field and force Denver into single coverage’s on the rest of his weapons.
And now for a commercial announcement
WIN THE TURNOVER BATTLE
Back to our program
KISS: Keep-It-Simple-Stupid. The Best corner in Football plays for you. Put him on Demaryius Thomas and let him do his thing. Let Browner Jam up Julius Thomas at the line allowing you to Flood the secondary and force Manning to hold the ball until he either takes a sack or tosses a flutter-ball into the arms of McCourty, Ryan and the aforementioned best in the business Revis.
The Quick and the Dead: The KISS technique I outlined above will beg Denver to run the ball. And Manning will be only too happy to oblige. Ninkovich, Willfork and Chris Jones need be quick to fill the running lanes and set the edge allowing Hightower, Jamie Collins and Ayers to leave the Denver Running backs for dead.
Pin their Ears Back: Punting was a rarity last week, lets hop that’s the case again but when things don’t go as planed the coverage teams need to be on point. The longer the field the more opportunity the D has to turn Peyton over. Make them travel the length of the field.
That’s it folks, I think I hit all the highlights. Oh you want a prediction? Ok
Follow/give me on Twitter @Tmurph207