Posted on: October 15, 2009 12:39 am

The Blue and Orange Report (Week 5)

There is a lot to be optimistic about in Denver right now.  New coach Josh McDaniels has already turned this team into a playoff favorite and completely turned the defense around.  Denver's defensive unit was one of the worst in the league last year, yet this year is the #1 defense in the entire league in terms of points against. 

This last week against New England the defense continued to shine, allowing zero second half points for the 4th straight week.  However, the real story of the game was Kyle Orton and the play of the Denver offense.  Orton was named AFC player of the week for his excellent 4th Quarter 98 yard TD drive to send the game into OT.  Orton then marched Denver down the field at the beginning of Overtime to set Matt Prater up for the game winning FG. 

The New England game revealed a lot of positive signs for this Denver offense, as well as continued signs of dominance by the Bronco defense.  Josh McDaniels started out the game with a little gamesmanship, running the Wildcat offense with Knowshon Moreno.  Yes the same Wildcat that Miami unveiled last year in a dominating win against the Patriots.  The Wildcat was very successful and required Bill Belichik to call timeout and regroup.  Its yet to be seen if this was a one week strategy or if the Wildcat is here to stay in Denver.  Brandon Marshall continued his climb back into the top tier of WRs in the NFL, and Eddie Royal gave a performance reminiscent of his breakout rookie year.  Marshall had two big TD grabs, one requiring him to break several tackles on his way to the endzone.  Royal, on the other hand, had 10 catches and 90 yards.  If Orton, Royal, and Marshall can continue this type of play this Denver offense could be just as formidable as the defense.

The Broncos look forward to a Monday night meeting with their only real threat in the AFC West Division, the San Diego Chargers.

Posted on: October 15, 2009 12:01 am
Edited on: October 15, 2009 12:07 am

Week 5 Mock Draft

This is early for a mock draft, I know, but everyone I've seen thus far have been horrible.  I tried to get all the first round traded picks that I knew about, but I will be updating this as the season goes on so let me know if I forgot any.  Here are the one I know of:

SF gets CAR #1
DEN gets CHI #1
SEA gets DEN #1
1.  STL Rams                            -  Sam Bradford QB (Oklahoma):  Bulger and Boller just aren't gonna cut it.

2.  TAM Buccaneers                    -  Russell Okung OT (Okla. St.):  The trend of taking "safe" OT early continues this year.

3.  KAN Chiefs                          -  Trent Williams OT (Oklahoma):  Cassell will need some protection if he's going to succeed.

4.  OAK Raiders                        -  Ndamukong Sug DT (Nebraska):  After 3 straight skill position players, Raiders take care of the D.

5.  CLE Browns                          -  Eric Berry S (Tennessee):  Browns pass D is awful, Berry sure would help that secondary.

6.  TEN Titans                           -  Jake Locker QB (Washington):  Fisher mght stick with VY, but this is the move they should make.

7.  DET Lions                            -  Carlos Dunlap DE (Florida):  Offensive has some solid players, now time for a pass rush.

8.  BUF Bills                              -  Rolando McLain LB (Alabama):  The Bills LBs are awful and their D is one of the worst vs. the run.

9.  WAS Redskins                      -  Colt McCoy QB (Texas):  Bit of a reach, but after missing Sanchez last year WAS is desperate for a QB.

10. SF  49ers (via CAR)              -  Gerald McCoy DT (Oklahoma):  SF gets a bit of a steal (again) and bulks up the D Line.

11. HOU Texans                        -  Joe Haden CB (Florida):  Disgruntled CB Dunta Robinson is the reason behind this pick.

12. JAC Jaguars                        -  Greg Hardy DE (Mississippi): Jags need to get pressure to help shore up the poor pass D.

13. SEA Seahawks                     -  Derrick Morgan DE (GA Tech):  Seattle needs someone to begin replacing Patrick Kearney (32)

14. ARI Cardinals                       -  Marvin Austin DT (N. Carolina):  The run of DTs continues, and ARI could really use a solid NT.

15. MIA Dolphins                        -  Dez Bryant WR (Okla. St.):  Miami needs a consistent receiver to go along with deep threat Ted Ginn.

16. DAL Cowboys                        -  Taylor Mays S (USC):  Dallas needs help with pass D and Mays is a great value here.

17. SD  Chargers                        -  Jahvid Best RB (California):  SD's running game has been awful, and Sproles could be gone next year.

18. SF  49ers                             -  Jimmy Clausen QB (Notre Dame):  Clausen may not come out, but if he does the niners need a QB.

19. GB  Packers                         -  Bryan Bulaga OT (Iowa):  The GB O-Line needs some help, so does Aaron Rodgers ...

20. PIT Steelers                        -  Ricky Sapp DE (Clemson):  Pittsburgh's D-Line is one of the oldest in the NFL.

21. DEN Broncos (via CHI)          -  Arthur Jones DT (Syracuse):  The Broncos could use a solid NT for their new 3-4 scheme.

22. BAL Ravens                          -  Arrelious Benn WR (Illinois):  Joe Flacco could use some better targets, and Mason is getting older.

23. NE  Patriots                          -  Navorro Bowman LB (Penn St.):  Jerrod Mayo could use some help, Junior Seau is a one year band-aid.

24. NYJ Jets                               -  Brandon Graham DE (Michigan):  The Jets DEs are aging quickly, Kris Jenkins could use a fresh body.

25. ATL Falcons                         -  Brandon LaFell WR (LSU):  Matt Ryan could use a solid WR opposite Roddy White .

26. PHI Eagles                           -  Brandon Spikes LB (Florida): PHI could use another playmaking LB like Jeremiah Trotter was for them.

27. CIN Bengals                         -  Jermaine Gresham TE (Oklahoma):  Carson Palmer would love for Gresham to fall to the Bengals.

28. SEA Seahawks (via DEN)       -  C.J. Spiller RB (Clemson):  Great backup and eventual replacement for Julius Jones .

29. NO  Saints                           -  Sergio Kindle LB (Texas):  NO's LB corps is getting up there and could use some revitalization.

30. MIN Vikings                         -  Jevan Snead QB (Mississippi):  Tavaris Jackson is not the answer once Brett Favre leaves.

31. NYG Giants                          -  Patrick Robinson CB (Florida St.):  NYG looks to make their D even better by adding a solid CB.

32. IND Colts                            -  Javier Arenas CB (Alabama):  WR would be nice here, but IND will find value later on, they need a CB.

(Draft order based on recent Power Rankings)
Thanks for reading, give me your thoughts and comments (good or bad).  Like I said, I will continue to update throughout the season, so keep an eye out!

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