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Old 02-01-2014, 12:04 PM
 
Location: Beacon Falls, CT
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Would Peyton's picks be a bigger defect if he didn't throw so many TD passes?
I don't think so. Only 11 interceptions out of 738 attempts including the postseason is astonishing, even for someone of Peyton's calibur. But it's not just Peyton's mind & arm that has made Denver the juggernaut it is. As Richard Sherman correctly noted, Peyton does throw ducks and some of those passes escape him and turn into relatively easy picks. What really makes that offense great is the chemistry they all have. Look at younger brother Eli and his situation in New York. You look at the stats and say, "Wow, 27 picks. That's terrible." But go through and watch some of those Giants games and you'll see many of them were not his fault. He didn't have the chemistry Peyton has with his guys (and Hakeem Nicks in a contract year, no less, hardly bothered showing up in 2013). There was also the miserable offensive line and Kevin Gilbride to factor in but a lot of his intercepted passes were catchable and tipped in the air by one of the receivers or Brandon Myers and fell right into the hands of a defender. That doesn't happen in Denver.

Another thing to consider: While Wes Welker has % of targets caught of the 'big three' (catches the ball 65.8% of the time it's thrown to him), he ALSO has the most drops (one more than Thomas and two more than Decker despite catching at least 15 fewer passes than both of them). You look back to XLVI and yes, maybe Tom didn't deliver the best ball, but Wes does make that catch most of the time. It wouldn't surprise me at all to see a drive tomorrow where the Broncos decide to go for it on 4th and 1, say, just outside of Prater's range, Peyton looks to Wes and practically hits him in the chest but Wes drops it because he's focusing on the field in front of him before he secures the ball. A lot of people think he's going to have a big game if Sherman covers Thomas most of the time but if I'm a slot receiver, Seattle is one defensive unit that I wouldn't want to spend a lot of time crossing over the middle of the field. Especially considering that the pick that disabled Talib in the AFC championship game made national attention when Belichick complained about it, and the Seahawks will be watching for it. Watch for Julius Thomas to lead the team in catches and score at least one touchdown. He's only done the former twice (the game against Dallas - 9 catches and the AFC championship game - 8 catches) but I think he will have the most productive day in the air for the Broncos. Just a hunch.
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Old 02-01-2014, 02:20 PM
 
Location: Minnesota
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Ultimately that's right. Long as "my team wins", it could be 1 point or 30 points. Miss is as good as a mile to the loser.
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Old 02-01-2014, 04:14 PM
 
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Denver 31, Seattle 30.
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Old 02-01-2014, 05:42 PM
 
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Anything can happen in a football game. It's just one game, unlike other sports, so the best team doesn't always win. Bad calls, a dropped pass, fumble at a crucial point, bad penalty...anything can happen. It just comes down to whoever plays the best that day. Even the so called experts pick wrong half the time. But just looking at the numbers, weapons, and the importance of QB history and play, is the reason I'm picking the Broncos. But you never know!
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Old 02-01-2014, 06:20 PM
 
Location: Minnesota
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Can't do a series with this violent a sport. So lucky breaks like Brady's "tuck" count. Somebody'll win and the whole world will then explain how it had to be "the best team".
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Old 02-01-2014, 07:37 PM
 
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Broncos 24; Seahawks 17
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Old 02-01-2014, 07:52 PM
 
Location: Southwest Arkansas
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24-21 Denver in first ever OT Superbowl
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Old 02-01-2014, 11:08 PM
 
Location: Minnesota
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24-21 Denver in first ever OT Superbowl
Won by the best kicker? Wonder what percentage were determined by a last second FG?
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Old 02-01-2014, 11:33 PM
 
Location: Seattle, Washington
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Old 02-02-2014, 03:05 AM
 
Location: Bel Air, California
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pretty much true, with appologies to those six or seven fans that have stuck with them through thick and thin however....
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