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The season long Chiefs skid continues and on the road the anemic offense has avg’d 9 ppg, 14 FD/gm and 253 ypg. The “bad news” is that none of those 5 opp’s have a winning record. Denver knows they still have to win to secure a playoff bye but no way will they will risk the health of Manning and once a lead is established expects a conservative ground game. The Broncos are the ONLY NFL team with both their offense and defense ranked in the top 5 but in the last 7 weeks they’re avg only 28 ppg. The Chiefs topped 500 yds LW with 352 (7.6) rushing but those numbers will not happen against a Broncos team with a #2 rush D.
Atlantis, Stonehenge, the Bermuda Triangle and SD’s 2012 offense! The Chargers finished ‘10 as the NFL’s #1 unit and followed that up with a #6 finish in ‘11. They came into TY with 10 off starters returning and put up 416 yds in their home opener. But, after avg 9 ppg and 240 ypg the L/3 their home avg is 298 ypg. Injuries to Matthews and the OL can explain a lot but LW they got 2 OL starters back and still only totaled 223 yds. The Raiders snapped a 6 gm losing streak by shutting out KC in their home finale but went back to their previous form by losing at Carolina and they’ve now gone 8 straight Q’s without a td. They now have to travel again for their finale with rumors circulating of yet another coaching change (would be 8th HC in 11Y). Expect a spirited effort in Turner’s final game here.
There’s a lot of pressure on Cowboys QB Tony Romo, who has missed the playoffs the last two seasons and underachieved when making the playoffs with a 1-3 record in the postseason. But Rick Herron, one of The Linemakers on Sporting News, likes Romo’s chances of at least covering the spread this week.
“I think taking the Cowboys +3.5 is the way to go in this game just because of how well Romo has played in his last eight games, throwing for 17 TDs and only three interceptions. The Cowboys have won five of their last seven games, and I’m not so certain the Redskins can buck history here. Only one team since 1996 has made the playoffs after a 3-6 start (the Jaguars, who ended up beating Shanahan’s 13-3 Broncos in divisional playoff). I know they have won six games in a row and RG3 has been amazing, but the value is taking the points here.”
The 49ers simply have to win here to secure the NFC West Title. SF has dominated teams with a losing record at home TY going 6-0. They have logged a 22-14 FD and 394-238 yd edge in those games with a 31-10 avg score. ARZ inserted QB Hoyer who was claimed off waivers 12/10 due to system comfort after the half LW. It is quite likely he starts here despite just 105 yds (58%) with an 0-1 ratio LW in order to evaluate him. While ARZ’s OL is improved over the 1st meeting TY (4 sks, 7 yds rush, 0.8) SF’s opposing QBR of 78.7 prior to SEA was top 10. At the very least SF’s #2 defense will be making a big push for Aldon Smith (19.5 sks) to break Strahan’s sack record as he strives for DMVP. LW was only the 2nd time in 6 wks that ARZ broke 200 yds offense and their 241 ypg offense on the road is 33 yds less than what SF is giving up. SF is off a loss and Harbaugh will have his team charged up here.