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17 Dec 18
New Delhi Times

Whether it was “The Fumble” or “The Drive” in the playoffs in the 1980s or the 11 consecutive times Denver had dumped Cleveland, the Broncos always served as the Browns’ biggest bugaboo. With John Elway watching from his suite at Mile High Stadium, Baker Mayfield capitalized on Denver’s depleted cornerback corps and dubious coaching decisions […]

17 Dec 18
Sentinel Colorado

DENVER |  Case Keenum wasn’t the cautious quarterback his coach complained about last week. Instead, he was the careless one who made Broncos fans wonder why John Elway had spent $36 million to replace the much cheaper and just as effective Trevor Siemian. The Broncos (6-8) were eliminated from playoff contention Sunday, marking the third […]

17 Dec 18

Here is the list of awards that were announced last week and how I voted. League MVP Christian McCaffrey (Jake) Reason: McCaffrey went on a tear in the 2nd half of the season to lead Jake to 11 wins. His transformation into a bonafide star and top 5 dynasty player. Scored double digits every game, […]

17 Dec 18
Browns Wire

3 issues the Browns need to clean up to keep on winning

17 Dec 18
The Denver Post
“We’re playing to win, not to keep it close and not to lose. That’s the message to our entire team.” — Broncos coach Vance Joseph last Tuesday What changed in a span of four days? What happened to turn Joseph’s go-for-broke mindset into one of cautiousness and passiveness? Trailing by four points and less than five minutes remaining Saturday against the Cleveland Browns, Joseph opted for a field goal instead of going for it on fourth-and-1 from the Browns’ 6-yard line. “I trust our defense to get a stop there (after the field goal),” Joseph said. The decision flopped when the Browns drove down the field before giving up possession with 1:49 left and the Broncos reached only midfield in a 17-16 loss. Denver’s playoff elimination was sealed on Sunday when Tennessee won, 17-0, at the New York Giants. The Broncos (6-8) will be postseason observers. Again. Since winning Super Bowl 50, the Broncos have three consecutive playoff-less seasons, tied for their second-longest drought in 41 years (1980-82) behind a five-season streak (2006-10). After the 2010 season, John Elway returned to the Broncos and hired experienced head coach John Fox and, a year later, signed quarterback Peyton Manning, to kick-start an organizational revival that included five consecutive AFC West titles and two trips to the Super Bowl . As much as Broncos fans via social media want Elway to be culpable for the failures, his status isn’t expected to change. After all, the team is run by a three-person trust that is unlikely to make such a move. The focus now shifts entirely toward Elway. If he fires Joseph, Elway will run his fourth coaching search. If he so chooses, Elway can point to several turning points this year as reasoning to make a change. Showing no discipline at Baltimore (13 penalties). Showing no close-out ability against Kansas City (10-point lead squandered in the fourth quarter) and Houston (missed field goal as time expired). Showing no resolve six days later against the New York Jets (323 rushing yards allowed).  And simply no-showing in the first half against San Francisco (trailed 20-0). But Saturday night was the topper. “It’s like every loss; I’m not happy about it,” Joseph said. “17-16 is a tough loss.” Joseph should have felt emboldened with his decision making. He had just won a challenge — just his second in nine attempts; not to mention it was a spot-of-the-football challenge, which is difficult to win. The Broncos had first down at the 15-yard line, which turned into a second down from the Browns’ 8 after Phillip Lindsay’s seven-yard run. Definite four-down territory given the score (down by four), and time remaining (around five minutes), right? Running against an eight-man Browns box, Lindsay ran up the middle for two yards. On third down, a toss to the left went for no gain when cornerback T.J. Carrie ducked under left tackle Garett Bolles to get enough of a piece of Lindsay to stop him for no gain. The Broncos were 5 of 7 on fourth down against the 49ers in Week 14, so they had plays that could have worked against Cleveland. [related_articles location=”right” show_article_date=”false” article_type=”automatic-primary-tag”] The issue: If Joseph trusted his defense, why didn’t he go for it? Had they failed to convert, hope remained because Cleveland would have started inside its own 10-yard line. Force a three-and-out and the Broncos’ field position would be manageable. But that game and the would’ve-could’ve-should’ve part of the Broncos season are over. All thoughts should look forward. Get through the final two games and see where the Broncos are drafting and where they rank among the desirable head-coaching openings. One more loss will clinch consecutive losing seasons for the first time since 1972. Sweeping changes should be in the offing. “I’m very fortunate to be a part of an organization that went to the playoffs and two Super Bowls,” linebacker Von Miller said. “We’ve still got a great team and it’s a great organization (that’s) just in a tough period right now.” Democracy depends on journalism, and journalists need your help. Support The Denver Post and get unlimited digital access — the first month is just 99 cents.
16 Dec 18
The Denver Post
Broncos quarterback Case Keenum played 17 consecutive quarters without an interception this season. That streak ended Saturday. Keenum tossed a pair of picks in the Broncos’ 17-16 loss against the Browns — in the second quarter to cornerback Jabrill Peppers on a deep fade to the end zone intended for wide receiver Courtland Sutton; and in the fourth quarter to cornerback T.J. Carrie on a deep crossing route intended to wide receiver DaeSean Hamilton near midfield. “First one, it was man coverage. Heck, when we’re in field-goal range, I’ve got to be more careful with the ball,” Keenum said. “Trying to give (Sutton) a chance and (Peppers) made a heck of a play coming from the middle of the field and intercepting that one. I need to get that ball up and down a little bit sooner. The second was just a really poor read by me. We were feeling good, wanted to take a shot, and they did a good job disguising the coverage. They rolled to a different form of cover two, and I didn’t see (Carrie). It’s not an excuse, but it’s ultimately what lost us the football game because they went down and scored right after that.” Coach Vance Joseph stressed the need for Keenum to be more aggressive passing after five games without an interception but only five touchdowns through the air. Keenum did not complete a touchdown pass Saturday. “I think it let me play loose,” Keenum said. “There are a few plays I want back, sure. I can’t make those mistakes, so there’s a fine line to play there. But I think you’ve got do a little it more.” Ray, Cravens benched. Joseph said the decision to deactivate linebacker Shane Ray and safety Su’a Cravens was based on production. “We’re playing the best players,” Joseph said. “Trying to win a game. Simple as that.” That created an opportunity for linebacker Jeff Holland and safety Trey Marshall, two undrafted rookies who made their NFL debuts. Holland played 21 snaps and had two tackles. Marshall played 11 snaps on special teams. The Broncos have used 11 true rookies this year (players who were in college in 2017). Coaching to win. After Joseph’s decision to kick a field goal with 4:35 remaining, Browns interim coach Gregg Williams faced a go-for-it-or-kick call with 1:53 remaining. [related_articles location=”right” show_article_date=”false” article_type=”automatic-primary-tag”] The Browns had fourth-and-1 from the Broncos’ 10. A field goal would have been a four-point advantage, but Williams opted for a Nick Chubb run. He was stuffed for a two-yard loss by defensive end Adam Gotsis. “The big thing was, we came here to win the ball game,” Williams said. “That’s the aggressive nature of this team.” Second disqualification. The Broncos had their second player ejection of the season when cornerback Jamar Taylor was penalized for throwing a punch at Browns receiver Breshad Perriman in the third quarter. Perriman was called for unsportsmanlike conduct but not ejected. Running back Phillip Lindsay was ejected in the first half of the Broncos’ Week 3 loss at Baltimore.
16 Dec 18
Broncos Wire

The Broncos won’t be able to make the 2018 NFL playoffs.

16 Dec 18
The Denver Post
A final look at the Broncos’ 17-16 loss to the Cleveland Browns on Saturday night: 1. Starting with the finish (Part 1): With 49 seconds remaining, the Broncos had third-and-10 from the 50. They had to know Cleveland was going to send extra rushers (five-plus) and they blocked accordingly (seven-man protection). But the route combination was flawed. All three receivers ran straight ahead beyond the first-down marker. Under pressure, Case Keenum threw out of bounds before being hit. Why not have one player run a five-yard route, just in case, which would have made fourth down semi-manageable? Unknown is whether one of the receivers should have made a sight adjustment when they saw a blitz. 2. Starting with the finish (Part 2): On fourth-and-10, the Browns rushed six against a six-man protection. But safety Jabrill Peppers blitzed unblocked from the Broncos’ right side. On the left side, the Broncos had a double team, which allowed the Browns to have a numbers advantage via Peppers, whose sack came in 2.51 seconds and ended the game. 3. The Browns sent five or more rushers at Keenum on 19 of his 53 drop-backs (35.8 percent). The 19 was a season high against Keenum and the rate was the third-highest, behind Baltimore (37.2) and Arizona (40.0). Keenum was 11 of 12 for 112 yards against extra rushers. Both of Cleveland’s sacks came with six-man pressures. 4. The Broncos rushed five or more players on 16 of quarterback Baker Mayfield’s 38 drop-backs (42.1 percent), their second-highest rate of the year (45 percent at Kansas City in Week 8). The two sacks came with a four-man rush. Defensive end Adam Gotsis beat left guard Joel Bitonio in 2.82 seconds, also forcing Mayfield to fumble. And linebacker Von Miller set the career franchise record when he looped inside for the sack in 2.91 seconds. 5. We booked the Broncos with five missed tackles, one apiece by cornerback Bradley Roby, linebackers Todd Davis and Bradley Chubb and defensive lineman Zach Kerr and Domata Peko. In rush defense, the Broncos had 11 “stuffs” (gain of three or fewer yards, not including plays that resulted in a first down). 6. The Broncos’ run game is nearly broken, if not already there. Against the 28th-ranked Browns run defense, the Broncos rushed 20 times for 32 yards. The 1.6-yard average was fourth-worst in team history in a game of at least 20 rushes. The record remains a 1972 win over Oakland (24 rushes, 13 yards, 0.54 average). Against Cleveland, the Broncos had 14 rushes of two or fewer yards. [related_articles location=”right” show_article_date=”false” article_type=”automatic-primary-tag”] 7. Following two three-and-outs, the Broncos woke up with a 13-play, 88-yard drive to tie the score at 7. On third-and-6, Keenum threw a good back-shoulder pass to receiver Tim Patrick (15 yards). Five plays later, on third-and-10, tight end Matt LaCosse turned a one-yard catch into an 11-yard gain. And on third-and-goal, the Broncos ran a one-man route, but LaCosse was covered and Keenum scrambled for the touchdown. 8. On their opening series of the third quarter, the Broncos moved into Cleveland territory before a missed opportunity. On third-and-8 from the 24, Keenum had time (2.88 seconds, four-man rush vs. six-man protection), but inexplicably scrambled right. His on-the-move throw was low and Patrick could not corral it on his shallow crossing route. Brandon McManus kicked a 42-yard field goal for a 13-10 lead. 9. The lead-up to Vance Joseph’s decision to kick a field goal from the Browns’ 6-yard line to cut the lead to one point. Phillip Lindsay gained seven yards on first down to the Browns’ 8 thanks to blocks by Patrick and LaCosse and a bad pursuit angle by cornerback Briean Boddy-Calhoun. But Lindsay gained two yards (missed block by right tackle Jared Veldheer) and no yards on the next play. 10. Joseph wanted Keenum to take more shots downfield, and he did, but with little success. On attempts that traveled at least 16 yards in the air, Keenum was 0 of 4 with two interceptions. (His first attempt had 25 “air” yards and receiver Courtland Sutton drew a pass interference penalty). The other results were 29 yards/interception, 28 yards/interception, 24 yards/incomplete and 32 yards/incomplete.
16 Dec 18
National Post

DENVER — Case Keenum wasn’t the cautious quarterback his coach complained about last week. Instead, he was the careless one who made Broncos fans wonder why John Elway had spent $36 million to replace the much cheaper and just as effective Trevor Siemian. The Broncos (6-8) were eliminated from playoff contention Sunday, marking the third […]

16 Dec 18
vinalfantasyfootball

Here are the 2nd-round (Semifinal) H2H Playoff Matchups for Week 15: (1) Mike vs. (4) Davey (2) Dicky vs. (3) Good Eye *************************** Jerry & Billy QB DeShaun Watson RB Christian McCaffrey RB Leonard Fournette RB Tevin Coleman WR Brandin Cooks WR Jarvis Landry WR Curtis Samuel K Ryan Succop D Jacksonville Jaguars *********** Mike […]

16 Dec 18

The Browns had not beaten the Broncos in Denver since 1990. Until last night however. Baker Mayfield overcame a rocky start to lead the Browns to a close 17-16 victory that came down to the final play of the game when Browns safety Jabrill Peppers sacked Broncos QB Case Keenum on 4th-and-10. Overall, Mayfield was 18/31 for […]

16 Dec 18

This week we will turn our attention to Fanball DFS to see if we can lock up a free NFFC Primetime or Classic entry in 2019. With a $50 entry at fanball.com you can earn a free ticket to next year’s Main Event worth$1,600. Quarterback Josh Allen ($6700) – Buffalo’s rookie has posted rushing totals […]

16 Dec 18
Reading in Pajamas

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16 Dec 18
Sentinel Colorado

DENVER |  Even down to one healthy cornerback, another spitting up blood, three sidelined with injuries and one ejected for throwing a punch, Vance Joseph trusted his defense more than his offense. The Denver Broncos’ embattled second-year coach sent kicker Brandon McManus out for a field goal rather than go for it on fourth-and-1 from […]