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PROPS and DROPS from the Broncos' loss to the undefeated Colts in Indianapolis yesterday:
DROPS: Defering the coin toss is usually something that happens in the college game for two reasons. One, the weather is butt-ass awful in say, Ames, Iowa and you have to account for 50 MPH winds. Two, you have a ravenous home crowd in a big game and want your defense to ride their momentum on the first series. Josh McDaniels plays in the NFL, not college. The game yesterday was in a dome, so their was no wind, rain, or weather other than the whirl of a heater. Finally, the game wasn't in Denver and there wasn't 20,000 drunk college kids yelling at the top of their lungs. Simply put, throw all the "research" out the door and remember the one variable that cancels your Moneyball type stats: Peyton Manning.
PROPS: Brandon Marshall is alone with 21 catches as the top WR game in the history of the league. If you played him in your fantasy league you will forever hate him from now until he retires. Marshall was all over the field and was simply uncheckable by the Colts defense. The other Donk receivers could've got manicures on most pass plays.
DROPS: Colts coach Jim Caldwell- does he talk? Does he smile? Can he look in any direction other than straight? Does he blink? Does he turn around and look at his players or assistants? Is he a mannequin?
DROPS: For all the talk of how good the defense played, they bent too much in the wrong time of the game, allowing Peyton and company (sounds like a Saturday afternoon kids show) to drive down the field and essentially take the entire fourth quarter. Still the defense had one chance to stop the Colts on a short yardage play. Someone named Mike Hart broke a Mario Haggan's tackle and sputtered forward to take the first down. An outside run should've been money for the Donk D, but they only had one guy out there and he couldn't make the play.
DROPS: The Indy crowd looks like an opera gathering when Peyton is doing his thing and methodically working down the field in the early going. Pass for first down (clap clap), run for six yards (light clap); pass across the middle for 20 (polite applause); score a touchdown (muted cheer.) "Good heavens, Betsy, but Mr Manning was superb on that drive! It was easy picking s there, now pass me a crumpet (clap clap.)"
DROPS: Dallas Clark: Pro Bowls, best tight end in the game, Peyton looks for him, he is fast, runs crisp routes. You probably saw him in film study. He was probably on the scouting reports. He was in the defense's game plan. You should probably cover him.
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