Originally Posted by Sorter
It was 31-11 in the 4th quarter. I think it is safe to say that Kubiak eased up on the breaks against his former team. He kinda still likes you guys or something like that.
I was wrong about the NE game being at Denver. Whoops!
Kubiak was crapping his pants, actually.
If you're really interested in why everyone says the team adapted in week six - I understand if you aren't - this is my opinion. In those three games we lost, the script was the same. Get behind big early, and storm back at the end - to the point where an onside kick or a 4th-down stop gets you the game. In each of those games, Peyton went no-huddle in the second half, and scored and scored and scored. Some of that was against deep zones. Most of it was against base defenses.
With week six, they finally figured it out to just let Peyton do that from the start. We've gotten up early, and our defense has been able to play to its strengths.
I'll be really bummed if they don't do damage in the playoffs. They seem like they have all the ingredients of a championship team. They're playing great special teams. Their defense has been opportunistic and smothering. Their QB doesn't make a lot of mistakes. They convert on third downs. I'll admit that I have real expectations.