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01/19/2014 02:20 PM
Chris Harris, CB, Denver Broncos (ACL, Out)

In the regular season Harris had 65 tackles and three interceptions, although he has not been statistically great in the postseason, That said, Harris has still been a key player in the Broncos secondary. Without the Broncos cornerback, the Patriots passing offense could take advantage of deep balls and passing plays. Harris has played more defensive snaps than any other Broncos player in the regular season and his versatility will be missed with the ability to play either side, outside or in the slot.
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01/19/2014 02:23 PM
Percy Harvin, WR, Seattle Seahawks (Concussion, OUT)

Harvin missed most of the regular season with a hip injury, but was deemed healthy enough to play in Seattle's divisional playoff win against the Saints. Harvin was injured once again after taking two big hits and is yet to be cleared to practice from concussion. The Seahawks have struggled passing the ball this season and if Harvin isn't cleared to play, the trend will likely continue. Seattle's passing game has been a concern during the postseason with Russell Wilson throwing for only103 yards and 0 touchdowns.
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01/19/2014 02:23 PM
The quarterbacks are a checkmark for both teams. Despite my incessant bleating about Tom Brady being Peyton Manning’s superior, neither will be the “reason” his team loses. Both will spend the day reading, adjusting and dismantling the other’s defense. Their 30 seasons of pro football are an indicator that, for the first 50 minutes they’ll will put their teams in position to win going into the final 10 minutes. One or the other might get picked or strip-sacked or throw a touchdown pass and we’ll react accordingly heaping praise or blame. But to me, the defenses are the X-factors and as such are the key to this game. Which one makes the play in the final 10 minutes or blows the coverage or gets outsmarted? Which one fails to stop the run or locks down the others wideouts in ways we didn’t expect?
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01/19/2014 02:25 PM
Seattle (starting in 2005): 68% ATS at home (52-24-2)
On road during same period: 42% (32-45-1)
If simply play on at home, against on road: 97-56-3 (63% winners)
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01/19/2014 02:25 PM
Here are the inactives:

Broncos — QB Zac Dysert, RB Ronnie Hillman, CB Marquice Cole, T Vinston Painter, G Chris Kuper, TE Joel Dreessen, DT Sione Fua.

Patriots — DB Justin Green, TE D.J. Williams, LB Steve Beauharnais, OL Chris Barker, WR Kenbrell Thompkins, DT Isaac Sopoaga, DE Jake Bequette.


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01/19/2014 02:26 PM
WHEN THE PATRIOTS HAVE THE BALL

The Patriots have been running with impunity. The Broncos – because of their ball-control and offensive efficiency – rendered the Chargers running game moot last week and were effective stopping the run against ineffective teams like Oakland and Houston in Weeks 16 and 17. But the Chargers showed in Week 15 that yards can be had on the ground and the Patriots have shown they can get them with LeGarrette Blount using himself as a human battering ram.

The Broncos’ front of Terrence Knighton and rookie Sylvester Williams matched up against the Patriots interior three offensive linemen matters to the running game. But keep an eye on the Denver linebackers as well. Paris Lenon, a 36-year-old journeyman, has taken over in the 4-3 base for the Broncos at middle linebacker. He and the explosive Danny Trevathan can run but they aren’t stout and neither is the very talented Wesley Woodyard. It’s a style mismatch that favors the Patriots if Knighton and Williams can’t hold up.

The Patriots ran it 20 times on first-and-10 last week and threw it six times. They averaged 8.6 yards on those runs (greatly aided by Blount’s 73-yard ramble). The Broncos meanwhile were awesome stopping first-and-10 runs last week (11 attempts, 19 yards) against a hobbling Ryan Mathews and Danny Woodhead. First-and-10 productivity will be vital for the Patriots because second-and-long – even with a Denver secondary that’s torn up without Chris Harris (ACL).

The study this week done by Tom Brady and Josh McDaniels at Denver’s tendencies on first-down and reactions to play-action will be huge factors. And Brady’s ability to zero in on mismatches in the secondary will be a key. Duke Ihenacho, an undrafted safety who went to Junipero Serra HS just like Brady, will be in the crosshairs as will Champ Bailey, the corner Brady’s always considered the gold-standard in coverage. Bailey could be in for a lot of attacks from Brady.

The Patriots will like their speed and underneath mismatches with Julian Edelman and Danny Amendola but the geometry of two small receivers being able to run past and go over cornerbacks just doesn’t work. Expect all shot plays downfield to be off of heavily-sold play action. Ihenacho and free safety Mike Adams can’t get sucked up in run-support. The Patriots offense will be a chess match through the air, a steel-cage match on the ground.
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