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27 Sep 2009

Week 3 Open Discussion Thread

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Posted by: andrew on 27 Sep 2009

9 replies , Last at 29 Sep 2009, 4:56pm by Zheng

Re: Week 3 Open Discussion Thread
by andrew :: Sun, 09/27/2009 - 4:39pm

That was amazing by Favre. I was a critic of his coming back. I stand corrected.

That's up there with any of his great combacks.

Re: Week 3 Open Discussion Thread
by navin :: Sun, 09/27/2009 - 4:48pm

Here comes my rant on the MIN-SFO game:

1) Dre Bly needs to hold on to that interception for a pick-6 and put the game away on Minnesota's next to last drive. Favre got away with so many bad throws with only one INT.

2) Running three times into the line. At least run a PA fake bootleg on one of them. Even Detroit threw downfield to burn the clock.

3) Rush the passer on the last drive! Favre had forever to throw on the last drive. SF had been doing a wonderful job bringing pressure and on the last drive they just let him sit back and move the team down the field.

That is all for now. I'm still fuming from the loss. I'd also like to address a non-predictable play vs. a lucky play later (re. the SF FG block).

Re: Week 3 Open Discussion Thread
by GuruOfChem (not verified) :: Tue, 09/29/2009 - 2:20pm

It has often been said that Favre will serve up 3 picks a game - if the defenders can catch them...

Re: Week 3 Open Discussion Thread
by Packerpalooza (not verified) :: Sun, 09/27/2009 - 8:11pm

It's the end of the game. How can SF not have 7 guys in the end zone?

Re: Week 3 Open Discussion Thread
by navin :: Sun, 09/27/2009 - 8:32pm

The play actually started earlier, Favre ran around for about 10 seconds.

Re: Week 3 Open Discussion Thread
by rengewnad (not verified) :: Sun, 09/27/2009 - 10:45pm

What's the key to the new broncos D success?? holding opponents to 7, 6, 3 points in games 1, 2, 3... sure, the wins were against easier opponents, but then bengals just beat the steelers (the STEELERS) by putting up 20+ points (and 31 on the packers in wk 2), the Raiders put 20 points on the Chargers in wk 1, and the browns put up 20 points on the Vikings in wk 1... all teams with "better" defenses according to preseason predictions. What's the secret, and the answer can't be "easy opponents" based on the results of the other games by those opponents.

Re: Week 3 Open Discussion Thread
by a969c1 (not verified) :: Sun, 09/27/2009 - 11:43pm

Basically the success of the transition from 4-3 to 3-4. The 4-3 that was in place was easily exploited and not effective. Elvis Dumervil has 6 sacks in two weeks so the amount of pressure being put on the qb is obviously having an effect.

Re: Week 3 Open Discussion Thread
by GuruOfChem (not verified) :: Tue, 09/29/2009 - 2:28pm

Hold the horses there, hoss - Cleveland and Oakland are both pretty woeful teams by anyone's measure. The win against Cincy occurred because of one of the flukier plays in recent memory. The Steelers are clearly not the team we expected them to be, especially defensively without Polamalu, so to gauge Cincy's strength (and thus that of the Broncos) on that win seems a bit suspect. Let's see what Denver can do as a 3 point home dog to Dallas Sunday...

Re: Week 3 Open Discussion Thread
by Zheng :: Tue, 09/29/2009 - 4:56pm

Here's a theory regarding the surprising performance of certain defenses: defensive headsets. That only started last year, but my thinking is that defensive coordinators took a year to figure out what to do with them. Now, defensive coaching can have a bigger impact in-game, since the DC can broadcast detailed schemes and plays directly into the skull of the defensive captain. I figure that matters for the 49ers, Broncos, Packers, and Jets at minimum.

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