This was an eventful week in Broncos Country to be sure. We won another game in convincing fashion, but we lost one of our best players in the process. That hurts, folks, but it might not be as bad as some of us fear. I have my own thoughts about that, but that is something for a different post. This one is mostly about this weeks game against the hated Jokeland Faders.
But before we get into that, in light of the requests that I received for them, I would like to share the results of last year's predictions. I will just keep it simple and not go into a whole lot of detail. Last year, I only did six of these. With the play-throughs, the predictions were accurate to what really happened twice and were wrong four times. It was the opposite with the sims, predicting correctly 4 out of 6 times.
As far as last week goes, the predictions were fairly accurate. Both the play-though and the sims average predicted victories. In fact, the best-case scenario sim almost had the score predicted exactly, with a prediction of 42-24. Now, on to this week's results.
Final Score: Denver 34, Oakland 13
This one followed the same script as both real life games have so far, in that the offense started slow and the game was close at half time, actually being tied in this case. But after halftime, the offense started to click, and the defense was dominant all game long. The only Oakland touchdown was scored on a long interception return when I got a little greedy in the redzone. Derek Wolfe had a monster game with four sacks, and Orange Julius was a beast in the redzone.
Passing: Denver - P. Manning - 18/27, 315 YDs, 3TDs, 1 INT
Oakland - T. Pryor - 15/21, 145 YDs
Rushing: Denver - R. Hillman - 9 ATT, 46 YDs, 1TD
Oakland - D. McFadden - 11 ATT, 18 YDs
T. Pryor - 4 ATT, 67 YDs
Receiving: Denver - J. Thomas - 6 REC, 60 YDs, 2 TDs
D. Thomas - 6 REC, 153 YDs, 1 TD
Oakland - J. Crier - 5 REC, 19 YDs
D. Moore - 4 REC, 77 YDs
Defense: Denver - D. Wolfe - 7 TCKLs, 4 TFK, 4 SACKs
K. Vickerson - 2 TCKLs, 2 TFL, 1 SACK
Oakland - M. Jenkins - 2 TCKLs, 1 INT, 1 TD
L. Houston - 5 TCKLs, 3 TFL, 1 SACK, 1 FF
Special Teams: Denver - M. Prater - 2 FGA, 2 FGM, Long, 52 YDs
T. Holliday - 2 Punt Ret., 48 YDs
Oakland - S. Janikowski - 3 FGA, 2 FGM, Long, 56 YDs
Sim 1: Denver 44, Oakland 10
Sim 2: Denver 27, Oakland 17
Sim 3: Denver 30, Oakland 7
Sim 4: Oakland 28, Denver 24
Sim 5: Denver 42, Oakland 16
Sim Average: Denver 33, Oakland 16
It's been so far, so good for the predictions to this point. This week's indicates that we should win this game handily, which I do believe we will. 19-0 until we ain't, baby! GO BRONCOS!!!!!