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in Themen von S-T-U 05.03.2019 04:46
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There are only five games left remaining in the 2018 regular season and everyone of them has significant playoff implications for teams still in the hunt. Both the Denver Broncos and Cincinnati Bengals are on the outside looking in sporting 5-6 records and are just one game shy of a wildcard berth. Sunday’s gridiron battle between both franchises is a must-win for both sides with the loser likely falling out of the postseason race all together.Despite being in different divisions Bradley Roby Color Rush Jersey , Sunday’s matchup will be the seventh time the two have faced each other in the regular season in the past eight years. The Broncos have won four of those games while the Bengals have won two, with their most recent victory being a 20-17 win in the Mile High City last November. In the past the Broncos have registered some big wins in Cincinnati and all of Broncos Country is hopeful that will happen again tomorrow. Here is a deeper look at the Bengals and what the Broncos can do to come away with a much needed “W” to improve to 6-6 and keep the playoff momentum going.A glance at the Bengals’ offense The Cincinnati Bengals’ offense is quite ambiguous. They are twelfth in the National Football League in respect to points scored, but have a lowly ranking of twenty-fifth when it comes to yardage. Their passing offense is their strength averaging 240 yards per contest which is middle-of-the-road league-wide, but are fourth-worst averaging only 94 yards a game on the ground. With Andy Dalton out due to injury, it will be up to third-year pro Jeff Driskel to navigate the Bengals’ offense on Sunday.Tyler Boyd and A.J. Green are their two top receiving options. The two have combined for 108 catches and over 1,500 receiving yards and twelve touchdowns this season. Second-year wideout John Ross is their third option at the position, but only has 14 catches for 176 yards to date. That being said, his speed could pose problems for the Broncos’ defense. When he gets the ball in his hands he can go all the way, which is supported by the fact that five of his fourteen receptions have gone for touchdowns.The running back due of Joe Mixon and Giovanni Bernard sport an impressive 4.6 yards per carry, but seem to be underutilized and only have 181 combined rushes. It doesn’t help matters that the team is almost always playing from behind but sixteen rush attempts per game isn’t necessarily a winning recipe for success. While the two might not get enough carries, they are certainly utilized in their passing attack and have 52 receptions between the two of them.As far as other tidbits go, they are mediocre when it comes to third down conversion percentage. A big bright spot of the unit is the offensive line which has only given up 22 sacks on the season and has done a great job in pass protection, but left tackle Cordy Glenn is likely out for Sunday’s game which should provide the Broncos’ edge rushers a bigger opportunity to get after the aforementioned and athletic Driskel.A glance at the Bengals’ defenseIf you are wondering why Cincinnati fans are tearing their hair out this season it is because of their defense. Without question, the bane of the Bengals’ this season has undoubtedly been their defensive unit which ranks dead last in almost every major category. Giving up over 30 points and nearly 450 yards per contest isn’t easy to overcome which is the primary reason why the team is 5-6. It’s a stark difference compared to the past five years or so where the team has routinely been ranked in the top ten defensively.Their rushing defense is in complete disarray and their ability to combat the pass is just as horrendous. I am very optimistic that Phillip Lindsay and Royce Freeman are going to have huge games on the ground. Moreiver, I believe that Case Keenum will be able to hit Emmanuel Sanders and Courtland Sutton for some big time plays. The Bengals have given up a lethal amount of big plays all year long and I expect the same trend to continue on Sunday.That being said, defensive linemen Carlos Dunlap and Geno Atkins have combined for 14 sacks on the season and will be a tough test for the Broncos’ offensive line. If they can keep them at bay, I think the Broncos will be able to do some great things on offense and notch a big-time win that will keep Denver’s playoff aspirations alive.Keys to the game As mentioned above, I believe the rookie running back duo of Lindsay and Freeman are in store for big games. I would love to see Denver commit to the run early and execute well, which should open up things for Keenum in the play-action passing game. Additionally, I want the Broncos’ pass rushers to dial up the heat and have a better performance than they did against the Steelers. If the Broncos’ defense can fluster Driskel and keep their trend of takeaways going that will help them out tremendously.Hart’s PredictionAfter two wins in a row Von Miller Jersey , I am a lot more optimistic about the team than I have been at any point this season. Given the Broncos’ ability to force turnovers on defense and the Bengals’ inability to stop opposing offenses, I believe Denver will notch their third win in arrow on Sunday. I predicted a big-time win last week and I believe they will accomplish an integral road win tomorrow afternoon. Another week, another win for the Broncos. Let the playoff hype and dreams continue.Broncos 30, Bengals 17. On April 9th, 2018, I published a Horse Tracks article that detailed how Steve Atwater stacked up against other safeties/defensive backs already enshrined in the Hall of Fame. With just days to go before official selection takes place, I present you with that article once again. ***Could you tell the story of the NFL without mentioning the player’s impact on the game?This seems to be the rule-of-thumb that everybody who debates Pro Football Hall of Fame eligibility turns to when it comes to players. Has it always been this way? If you look at the history of the Hall of Fame, you’ll notice a bunch of names among the shining stars that you’ve most likely never heard of. In 1963, the Hall of Fame’s inaugural class consisted of 17 enshrinees. From Jim Thorpe to Sammy Baugh, there are plenty of recognizable names. But as the years go forward, there are names I’ve never heard of and I began to wonder... Could the NFL’s story be told without some of these people? Surely, there had to be someone not nearly as qualified as the Broncos’ own Steve Atwater and his candidacy for enshrinement. After these past frustrating years of Atwater not breaking through, there has to be someone fans could point out and say, “See?! If this guy got in, then why the heck isn’t Steve in?”It turns out that at the safety/defensive back positions there were only three names I didn’t recognize - Emlen Tunnell, Willie Wood and Yale Lary. Just who are these guys that got the nod while Atwater waits?Who is Emlen Tunnell?I was more than a little embarrassed that I didn’t know about Emlen Tunnell. He is without a doubt someone who left a mark on the game we all love. To quote his wikipedia page:Although he was by no means the first African American to play in the NFL, to break a color barrier at the time he did, was no small feat. Major League Baseball’s Jackie Robinson had only made his debut for the Brooklyn Dodgers the year before Tunnell’s career with the Giants began. The amount of racial prejudice and bigotry he must have endured just to suit up had to be immense...and to put up record-breaking stats like he did is nothing short of Hall of Fame-worthy. How does Atwater stack up? Atwater’s 24 interceptions, 408 return yards, and complete disinterest in the punting game doesn’t speak to a lack of qualifications on Steve’s part. It speaks to how incredible Emlen Tunnell’s career really was. It’s a travesty he’s not better known today.Who is Willie Wood? Via his Wikipedia page. How does Woods look compared to Steve Atwater?Atwater was voted First-team All-Pro in 1991 and 1992 Jeff Heuerman Color Rush Jersey , was a Second-Team All-Pro in 1996, and was UPI First Team All-AFC in 1993 and 1995. While Wood’s honors are indeed impressive, most were from a pre-AFL/NFL merger NFL.At most there were just 16 teams to draw these accolades from until 1970 when the merger was officially complete. After the merger, there were no All-Pro considerations for Wood. It’s needs to be said that Steve Atwater had to garner his recognition with at most 31 teams competing in the pool.Atwater went to eight Pro Bowls and was a member of the 1990s all decade team. Like Wood, Atwater won two Super Bowls. I know it drives our old school NFC friends a little crazy when we don’t weigh their pre-merger NFL Championships as heavily as we do Super Bowls, but let’s be honest... With only 13 teams in the NFL during Wood’s rookie year, how could a team not win championships more often? When it comes to league recognition and championships (that matter), Steve Atwater is right there with Willie Wood.Who is Yale Lary? Now for the last name I didn’t recognize on the Hall of Fame enshrinement rosters at safety - Yale Lary. Via his wikipedia page. Like with Wood, Lary played in an era of markedly fewer NFL franchises. In fact, when Lary came into the league his rookie year, there were just 12 NFL teams and one of them was the Dallas Texans in their first failed iteration. That’s not to take away from his accomplishments on the field. His stats are no joke and he is indeed worthy of his place of honor in Canton. Also like with Wood, Atwater’s Pro Bowl appearances and league recognition are on par with what Lary did. It’s tough to compare championships between the two since winning the AFC during Atwater’s career was much more difficult than winning all of the NFL in Lary’s time. I’m going to swing out and say that the stones in Atwater’s Super Bowl XXXII and XXXIII rings out number the stones in the Lions 1952, 1953, and 1957 combined championship rings for a reason. So what did we learn?We learned that even though I had never heard of these three men, they were in no way not deserving of their enduring recognition at the Professional Football Hall of Fame. What’s more, I learned that Steve Atwater checks all the same boxes when it comes to qualifying for enshrinement. Not only that, you can’t tell the story of the NFL without Atwater knocking Nigerian Nightmare square on his fanny.


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