PROPS and DROPS from the Buffs win over Arizona and the Broncos 17-10 win in Kansas City:
PROPS: What in the name of the 1990 Colorado Buffaloes are the Broncos doing out there with this rushing attack? Fullback dives? Triple option? Option read? The WR in motion to run the option? Next thing you know, Navy and AFA will be sending their coaches to Dove Valley to study the playbook. End game is that it worked, and like the old school option teams, it demoralized the opponent. When a team, an NFL team no less, lines up and says "we're running" and then they do it to the tune of 200+ yards, it wears on the defensive line and LBs.
PROPS: Willis McGahee goes down and Knowshon Moreno comes in and is running like a man possessed (the "hurdle" run he had was a seat raiser.) Moreno comes in and you have Lance Ball (fantasy owners around the world are scrambling to even find his name) and runs well. If McGahee would've stayted in the game, the Donks win this game by three scores.
PROPS: Chiefs RB Jackie Battle: average back, coolest name. Sounds like a character out of a Blaxploitation flick. Question though, is he a good guy ("Man, Jackie Battle gonna come in here and shut down this heroin operation and save the neighborhood!") or is he a bad guy ("You messing with one of Jackie Battle's bitches, he ain't taking that lightly.")
PROPS: Lost in the shuufle of two pass completions and the ground game is the play of the defense, which was the best of the year. Yes, Matt Cassel and crew won't remind anyone of the 200 Rams, but Dwayne Bowe was a no factor thanks to Champ Bailey and DJ Williams and Von Miller were in the KC pocket all day. Cassel was battered and bruised and frankly looked a bit scared in the fourth. DB Chris Harris, an undrafted FA, was all over the field, running down WRs as they tried to save clock and knocking down passes.
PROPS: Brian Dawkins should thank the Chiefs for lining up wrong on that ridiculous play where the Chiefs WR caught the ball literally "around" Dawkins' torso. Tyrone Prothro of Alabama did that more than five years ago and they still show that clip.
PROPS: Did the Buffs do anything special in their win? Not really. The Wildcats are just not that good. Couple that with the lame duck "interim" status of the coaching staff (Arizona went for a 2pt conversion that made just no sense) and you have the recipe for a Buffs victory. Seniors Rodney Stewart ran at will and Toney Clemons played at WR the same way he should've been playing since last year.
DROPS: Summer baseball games at the old Candlestick park called and wanted to know what was up with all the wind at Folsom Field. There was debris blowing all over the field (yes, the joke of "wrappers" blowing on the field, ha ha, what "rappers"? Run-DMC, LL Cool J?)
DROPS: We kept hearing that after Andrew Luck, Matt Barkley, and Landry Jones, Arizona QB Nick Foles was the next NFL pick. I didn't see what he had to offer. Basically a poor man's Kyle Orton, which might be a real insult. He wasn't too mobile and telegraphed quite a few of his passes. Keep in mind he was working against a patchwork Buff defensive backfield of converted WRs, cheerleaders, and the guys who run the halftime frisbee dogs.
PROPS: Team Commish brought their oldest daughter to her first Buff football game. To see her face light up when she saw Ralphie for the first time could be Dad's favorite highlight of the year whether the team is 11-0 or 2-9. Keeps it in perspective that this is just football. That said, beat the hell out of that slimy Rick Neuheisel next weekend.
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