The Baltimore Ravens came into visit the Denver Broncos for their AFC divisional round playoff game, and so far have not blinked an eye. The few areas that were supposed to be a huge advantage for the Broncos was the mile high elevation, the crowd noise and of course, the cornerbacks. Unfortunately, someone forgot to tell QB Joe Flacco that as he continues to go after one of the best shut down corners in the game, Champ Bailey.
The Broncos defense, as a whole, has done their best bend, but don’t break impression, but WR Torrey Smith has already scored two touchdowns against a one on one with Bailey, and nearly a third, save for a long pass by Flacco. It seems as if Bailey has been looking for help on the deep passes, but that is not something the Broncos fans are used to seeing.
This would be a bad time for Bailey to have a let down game as half time approaches. As of now, the Broncos are going into the half with a 21-21 tie, but if Flacco comes out throwing in the second half as he did in the first, Bailey might need to step it up a bit. The Broncos secondary has been solid all year for the NFL‘s second ranked defense since they now have another shut down corner on the opposite side in Chris Harris.
But in these playoffs, when the level of players have took a tremendous leap from the personnel the Broncos have seen over their eleven game win streak, Defensive Coordinator Jack Del Rio needs to make some serious half-time adjustments, beginning with the pass rush and his coverage schemes. Let’s just hope that the 2012 Denver Broncos mantra rings true, as they have consistently been a second half team since week one.
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