The Game Ball Thread: Wk 15 @ Broncos

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This defense. Just like BB's teams of yore, it's coming together nicely down the stretch.

MILE HIGH GAME BALLS!!!
  • Entire D: three points from what BB called an "explosive" offense
  • The Puntator: gets too little credit for the job he's done this year -- not from this poster!
Look at this picture of domination:



Bonus: a giant FU to TJ Ward. LOL.
 

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Also very good to see Lewis cut back more. He's starting to get those 3-yarders-into-8-yarders runs. BB doing it right by bringing back slowly.

LGBT + Lewis + White may be the most versatile RB trio in the Brady era.
 

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It'll be so, so, so sweet for TJ Ward to watch the playoffs at home.
All I want for New Year's is a live feed of a playoff viewing party at Rex Ryan's home, with Ward, Suggs, and the entire Colts front office in attendance.

Game balls go to the secondary, Matthew Slater, Ghost, Edelman and Dion Lewis. Fantastic game all around. It felt like a throwback to 03-04 when the team just played on a different level than the competition and dominated in all phases of the game.
 
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Great team win.

Offense: Lewis, Cannon, Edelman

Defense: Flowers, Butler, McCourtey

ST: Allen, Gost

Edit: Forgot Ryan
 

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Allen was big in a field position game.

Lewis was up to carrying the load.

The D is just a great group effort
 

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Special Teams were really good today, something not to be taken for granted when playing in Denver.
 

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McDaniels and Brady

They knew the only way for Denver to stand a chance was for NE to shoot themselves in the foot/some kind of big play for the DEN defense. It must be frustrating never getting the Porsche above 3rd gear. Kudos on the patient approach.
 

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Truly a team win, but a huge shared game ball today to both Dante Scarnecchia and David Andrews. Going against a DLine today that had had a league leading 8.0% adjusted sack rate, and only allowing two today (Ray, Crick), on 34 dropbacks, good for only 5.9% sack rate.

Honorary mention to strong secondary play, particularly Butler shutting down Sanders hard, as well as McCourty a couple of times with awesome hits on Thomas late that were clean, hard, got the ball out, and were crucial, especially the 4th down one.
 

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I went to look up who played with Jamal Lewis and Priest Holmes on the 2000 Ravens. Answer: Nobody. Just 2 RB all season (they had Ayanbadejo and Sam Gash at FB)
Hell, even if we're just thinking of Priest Holmes the 2004 Chiefs with Holmes, Larry Johnson, and Derrick Blaylock was pretty damn good too.
 

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Josh for staying away from seam routes where Ward could break someone's leg.
 

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Ward isn't a Burfict level scumbag but he's the next tier down. Glad to see him look like a clown out there .
 

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Butler
Ryan
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Flowers
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LGBT
 

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Dion Lewis
Lewis was great tonight, but no game ball for me. Unless it's fourth down or the end of the game, you can't try to extend the ball over the goal line in traffic unless you're sure you have it. That could have been a huge mistake. I would like to think replay would have called it a TD if he hadn't gotten lucky with the ball rolling back to him, but can't leave it to chance. Better it happen now than later, though.
 

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Name a better trio ever, let alone the Pats Brady era. This has to be near the top.
Talent wise 2005 Chargers had LaDainian Tomlinson, Michael Turner and Darren Sproles, although they didn't use Sproles a ton.
 

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I will contribute to this thread once my erection has subsided.
 

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They clearly aren't the best ever, but point is they are really good, and one of the best in the modern era. The 2005 Chargers are a good call.

As another aside, it's gonna be funny when Belichick franchises Develin and Felger blows up. I'm half kidding (if they choose not to on Hightower, why not?)

Edit - Gotta check to see if FB count as RB for franchise numbers...
 

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Trey Flowers and James Develin. I'm starting to think Develin's importance is grossly underrated.
+1 for Develin and Dion Lewis as a combo. Dev was regularly taking on DTs with relish and winning the battle, leading to repeated 5 yard gains by DLew. And not just the hybrid LB/DT types that are slightly larger or heavier than him, but the 300+ pounders in the middle of the line, allowing other lineme to pull out and hit an LB or safety. It's those transactional runs - not just a push from a giant line, but shifts all over the place, that made this win truly sweet.
 

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Trey Flowers and James Develin. I'm starting to think Develin's importance is grossly underrated.
Agreed 100%. I was literally just talking about this with my father-in-law tonight. Not having a viable fullback definitely changed their approach to running the ball last year. I was a big fan of the completion to Develin that made it first and goal where he was just hanging in the flat with literally no-one covering him