As the Denver Broncos prepare for the New England Patriots, there’s one game tape I’m sure they’re looking closely at. When the Pats played the Indianapolis Colts two weeks ago, they gave up 21 fourth-quarter points to a Manning-less offense.That’s just how bad this defense can be at times.
“I think probably the biggest factor is they usually have a big lead and people are trying to catch up, so you open it up a little bit and they take a softer approach,” John Fox said. “That’s why yards aren’t that important. It’s about points.”
We all know that the Broncos take their game to another level in the fourth quarter (and beyond). During their six game winning streak, 44.8% of the Broncos points have come in the 4th quarter/overtime.
“I don’t think it’s ‘Tebow Time;’ I just think it’s ‘Bronco Time,’ Tim Tebow said after the win against Chicago.
The Broncos have gone to overtime three times this season, and they have won all three contests.
“In overtime you go into the game thinking what are the things that we do best or what have you learned from what the opponent’s done,” offensive coordinator Mike McCoy said. “More often than not, teams have stayed with the same plan and so you go with the flow of the game. You’ve learned a lot about them from the 60 previous snaps. ”
The reason why the Broncos have been able to excel at the end of games is they have been able to adjust their game plan effectively on the fly. Most teams need the full week after the game to tweak struggle areas. The Broncos, however, have the brain power to make the changes during the game.
We don’t want to have to see another comeback against the Patriots. We prefer a nice comfortable lead that the Broncos can hold on to for the duration of the game. However, if it does come down to the last quarter, all bets are on the Broncos.