PROPS and DROPS from the Buffs Friday Night Lights beatdown at the hands of USC and the Broncos rushing assault of the Raiders:
PROPS: I came up during the Big 8 days when QBs and rushers were churning out yardage all over the field. So to see the Broncos and Tim Tebow amass 300 yards on the ground was a throwback thrill. The simplest of gameplans beat one of the supposed best defensive lines in football. JD Walton at center was the lynchpin, easily handling his man all game and allowing the Bronco backs to be into the secondary after one move at the line of scrimmage. Now, will this read option type of football work the rest of the way for the team?
PROPS: QBs and WRs certainly develop rhythms over a season or career, and it seems Eric Decker and Tebow might be that pair. Tebow appears to lock in on Decker when they need that five to ten yard gain.
DROPS: The Raiders are the most penalized team in football? Next thing you'll tell me is that water is wet. Al Davis may have passed, but the culture of the Raiders is the same as it was 40 years ago. The penalties cost them dearly in the game, and their over excitement to pund on Tebow made for some easy personal foul calls.
PROPS: The Bronco defense finally came to play in the second half, just in time when it appeared that Carson Palmer was wearing down. The Raiders seemingly draft fast WRs every year but never a top notch guy, as Champ Bailey feasted on whoever he was lined up across from. Two INTs later and Carson Palmer and the passing game were finished and the run game was stalled without Darren McFadden.
PROPS: If Matt Barkley of USC was throwing his hat into the audition to be the Bronco starting QB on Friday, someone get him a spot on the casting couch. The QB was accurate as the come (outside of one late first half INT) tot he tune of six TD passes at Folsom. Now granted, his WRs may be more talented than some NFL teams, and the Buff secondary wouldn't matchup with too many flaf football teams, but he was smooth none the less.
PROPS: Chants from the SG section to Barkley as the game went on: "Elway Hates You!" "Tebow is Better!" Six TDs later: "Play in Denver!"
PROPS: Never been the "uniform guy" but the Buffs all black with the black helmets looked pretty dope. Now, do they get to keep those helmets because I know this tattoo guy who...
DROPS: The Buffs got through the five game crucible of the schedule looking completely hopeless and out talented. The first quarter of the USC game was the only semblance of a competitive football team and Rodney Stewart and Toney Clemons were the only players who looked like they could contribute on another squad. I mean, there hasn't been any sense to even "break down" any of the games on here because the problems are damn obvious. Bottom line and we all know this now is the Buffs and Jon Embree have a ton of work ahead of them. To boot, there is starting to get some questioning of Embree and staff ten games into his first season.
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