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Formation Chicanery

I thought that this observation from Jeff Legwold of the RMN was very interesting, and I certainly hadn't noticed it. Nor have I heard of anything precisely like it, strategy-wise, though I wouldn't claim to be an expert. Has Shanny done this before?

On a first-and-10 play in the third quarter from the Atlanta 11-yard line Sunday, the Broncos got the matchup they wanted by moving some people around in the formation.

They lined up tight end Daniel Graham on the outside of one side of the formation and tight end Nate Jackson on the outside of the other side. Receiver Eddie Royal then was tucked in the slot on Graham's side while receiver Brandon Marshall was tucked into the slot on Jackson's side.

This left the defense, on what was a run down against a run-oriented package in terms of personnel, to try to decide quickly whether to put the smaller defensive backs inside on the receivers where Jay Cutler then could check to a run if he wanted.

In the end, the Falcons were left with linebacker Keith Brooking on Royal, a mismatch of speed in Royal's favor. Royal easily had a step on Brooking in the scoring zone, so the defender had to pull him down before the ball arrived from Cutler.

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