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The Linc - How to Stop the Denver Broncos

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5 Broncos observations you may not have heard - JimmyK,
If you just took those drops away and subtracted them from Manning's pass attempt total, his completion percentage would be 82.4%. It's unlikely that the Broncos' receivers are going to keep dropping passing at that rate, which is bad news for the Eagles.

Stopping the Broncos - Tommy Lawlor, Iggles Blitz
The Broncos offense is actually somewhat simple. They just happen to have a brilliant QB who can get the team into the right play almost all of the time. Manning is the best pre-snap QB in the league. Maybe ever. He also adjusts well after the snap. He’s going to have them in the right play or make the right adjustment within the play. That makes him brutally hard to stop.

Wulf's Den: How Young Are The Eagles? - Bo Wulf,
So where do the Eagles rank? With a snap-weighted average age of 26.45 through three games, the Eagles stand as the 15th-youngest team overall. The offense, which does rank atop the league with 7.0 yards per play, is among the older offenses in the league with a snap-weighted age of 27.78. It's no surprise that the offense as a whole is older than last year's version (the 2012 Eagles ranked as the 16th-youngest offense with a snap-weighted age of 26.8) considering the return of Jason Peters, Michael Vick and the additional year for the returning players.

Cheat Sheet: Eagles Offense Vs. Broncos Defense - Sheil Kapadia, Birds 24/7
1. There has been a lot of talk this week about the Chiefs providing a blueprint for stopping the Chip Kelly offense. I just don’t see it that way. Kansas City slowed the Eagles down because it had talented players, and the Birds helped out by making too many mistakes (Jason Kelce’s snap, Damaris Johnson’s fumble, Michael Vick’s interceptions, etc.). In reality, the Chargers used a similar defensive strategy the week before, but they didn’t have the players, and Vick had a career passing game. The Chiefs dominated up front and had corners who could cover one-on-one. Just not sure other teams the Eagles face will have the personnel to accomplish those things.

Chip Kelly, Two Point Conversions, and Failing Unconventionally - Chase Stuart, Football Perspective
At a baseline level, let’s recognize that a team has a roughly 50/50 chance of converting on a two-point conversion. For a good offense with a mobile quarterback, that number may be even higher, but let’s just use the 50/50 number now. If that’s the case, then teams early in the game should be indifferent between kicking the extra point and going for two. Consider this hypothetical example: if a team had the option of kicking the extra point or flipping a coin — and heads gave them two points, tail giving them zero — would choosing to flip the coin be a poor decision?

Digesting the Eagles - Ted Bartlett, IAOFM
It’s easy to look at what Philadelphia is doing, and say that it’s the same thing that Washington or Seattle did last year. It’s not, though. That was about creating discipline conflicts in run defense, much like the Broncos did under the Shanahan regime, and the Texans do under Gary Kubiak. If you force a defense to be disciplined and stay at home in all eight gaps, it’s easier to win in the one gap in which you’re actually trying to run.

3 reasons the Eagles could upset the Denver Broncos on Sunday - Andrew Kulp, The700Level
Offense Can Hang With Anybody
Not that the Eagles necessarily needed those other advantages, although they help of course. Yeah, Manning is great, but Philadelphia’s offense is right behind Denver’s in the rankings – they’re one and two. The only thing that’s stopped the Eagles so far this season is the Eagles. In Washington, they took their foot off the gas pedal too early. Against San Diego, dumb penalties and lack of execution prevented them from running up the score. Versus Kansas City, it was entirely too many unforced turnovers.

Podcast: Number 5 Retired – EaglesFanCast 149
The Philadelphia Eagles lose their second game of the season, and slip to 1-2, with the unfortunate prospect of going to Denver to face the powerful Broncos this coming weekend. The Kansas City Chiefs, helmed by new head coach Andy Reid, handed the Eagles yet another home loss. Now the Eagles have not won a home game in over a year. Eagles fans, nonetheless, welcomed Andy Reid back with much applause and cheers, properly thanking him for many years of successful Eagles teams and many years of hopeful seasons.

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