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Patriots helped show Broncos how to play fast on offense

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When the Patriots defense faces off against the Broncos offense on Sunday night, they’ll be facing a unit that runs the most plays per game in the NFL.

That’s a change from last year’s meeting between the two teams. The Patriots offense was the one running 89 offensive plays in that game, which ended as a 31-21 New England victory. The Broncos ran 66 plays, which was pretty much their average through the first 12 weeks of the season. They then stepped up the tempo and offensive coordinator Adam Gase said this week that watching the Patriots was a big inspiration for speeding things up.

“I know we were interested in it and we were kind of curious what they were doing,” Gase said, via the Denver Post. “It really didn’t get brought up until way later in the year. We were still kind of figuring who we were at that time. I think we did change a little bit as the season progressed.”

The Patriots are averaging 70 snaps a game this season, down about five snaps from last year but still good for fifth in the league, and they’ve dipped down to 66.7 per game over the last three weeks. It shouldn’t take much for them to ramp things back up on Sunday if need be, however, and it wouldn’t be surprising to see both teams pushing the envelope of pace.

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26 Responses to “Patriots helped show Broncos how to play fast on offense”
  1. jnbnet says: Nov 22, 2013 11:43 AM

    this should be a game that is worth staying up late to watch.

  2. richiebburg says: Nov 22, 2013 11:45 AM

    Peyton Manning invented the hurry up, no huddle, make the call at the line of scrimmage.. Brady just sped it up a little

  3. azarkhan says: Nov 22, 2013 11:52 AM

    The 31-21 New England victory over Denver was a fascinating game to watch. The speed of the NE offense was incredible and clearly it wore the Broncos defense down. I also recall thinking the Patriots would have scored at least two more TD’s but for the outstanding play of Broncos linebacker Von Miller. He was all over the field that day, making big stops.

  4. azarkhan says: Nov 22, 2013 11:57 AM

    richiebburg says: Peyton Manning invented the hurry up, no huddle

    Actually the hurry up, no-huddle offense was pioneered by the Cincinnati Bengals with Coach Sam Wyche and QB Boomer Esiason and perfected by Jim Kelly and the Buffalo Bills offense.

  5. 6ball says: Nov 22, 2013 12:05 PM

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    The team who runs the ball most effectively will be victorious. Going one dimensional is a losing proposition.

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  6. grabgrabgrab says: Nov 22, 2013 12:13 PM

    On paper, a true shootout in the making here!!! Should be a great game to watch. I suspect both defenses will need to be carted off at games end.

  7. pabillsfan says: Nov 22, 2013 12:13 PM

    richiebburg says:
    Nov 22, 2013 11:45 AM

    Peyton Manning invented the hurry up, no huddle, make the call at the line of scrimmage.. Brady just sped it up a little

    I take it your not old enough to remember Jim Kelly’s K-gun offense with the Buffalo Bills?

  8. jimmyt says: Nov 22, 2013 12:19 PM

    richiebburg says: Peyton Manning invented the hurry up, no huddle

    Neither of these fine QB’s have invented anything, the NFL has been around a bit longer than you think. That said, Manning is head and shoulders above the level of Brady in every aspect of the game. Brady is a very good QB, Manning is so much more than that.

  9. EJ says: Nov 22, 2013 12:21 PM

    richiebburg says:
    Nov 22, 2013 11:45 AM

    Peyton Manning invented the hurry up, no huddle, make the call at the line of scrimmage.. Brady just sped it up a little
    ——————————————————–
    No, actually It was Bill Polian that started the No Huddle Offense, way back when he was GM for the Buffalo Bills, over Jim Kelly and company. He just installed the same Offense In Indianapolis as GM there. Manning was the beneficiary of an Offensive game plan that made the late 80’s early 90’s Buffalo Offense as dominant as it was. Sometimes running almost double the Offensive snaps as the Opponents own Offense. It is a smart game plan, but does have a weakness. Not all teams have the personnel to run it. You need a strong long winded Offensive line and wide receiver’s and Running back’s that don’t need to take plays off to run it. Fortunately for the Broncos, they do have the right players for the job. New England no longer does though.

  10. gisellichek says: Nov 22, 2013 12:23 PM

    This is gonna great game… Should be a shootout… The team that makes the fewer mistakes will win… Weather is agoing to play a big role in this game… it is going to be cold … windy… running the ball and preventing turnovers will be a huge factor in who wins… could be the game of the year so far.

  11. patriotinvasion says: Nov 22, 2013 12:25 PM

    Even when the Patriots lose, it’s usually by 1 score and in controversial or miraculous fashion. Just shows how incredibly good they’ve been for so long.

    In a league where teams win one week and get annihilated the next, the Patriots have only lost by double digits 3 times in the last 5 seasons. Unreal.

  12. ravenswhat says: Nov 22, 2013 12:35 PM

    Brady has just done so much more than Peyton with far less weapons. This can be said for their entire careers. As much as Peyton fanboys hate to hear it, it’s the truth. Sometimes the truth is hard to hear.

  13. sportsfan18 says: Nov 22, 2013 12:42 PM

    And when the Broncos asked for film from the Pats to help show them this, when they ran the film, they saw a film of them conducting their OWN walk through.

    Poor video guy at the Pats headquarters sent the wrong video tape to the Broncos!

  14. jnbnet says: Nov 22, 2013 12:50 PM

    jimmyt says:
    Nov 22, 2013 12:19 PM
    richiebburg says: Peyton Manning invented the hurry up, no huddle

    Neither of these fine QB’s have invented anything, the NFL has been around a bit longer than you think. That said, Manning is head and shoulders above the level of Brady in every aspect of the game. Brady is a very good QB, Manning is so much more than that.

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    Ha! jimmyt said that Brady is a very good QB.
    There must be snowballs in hell today.

  15. patriotinvasion says: Nov 22, 2013 12:52 PM

    sportsfan18 says: Nov 22, 2013 12:42 PM

    And when the Broncos asked for film from the Pats to help show them this, when they ran the film, they saw a film of them conducting their OWN walk through.

    Poor video guy at the Pats headquarters sent the wrong video tape to the Broncos!
    ____

    FACT #1 – Matt Walsh himself says the Rams walkthrough was never taped. Not only that, the walkthrough happened with media members and stadium personnel all over place so not exactly top secret.

    FACT #2 – Marshall Faulk says the Rams practiced red zone plays during that walk through. In the Super Bowl, the Rams entered the red zone 1 time and scored a TD. 100% conversion percentage so he can stop crying.

  16. azarkhan says: Nov 22, 2013 12:52 PM

    sportsfan18 says: Poor video guy at the Pats headquarters sent the wrong video tape to the Broncos!

    HAHAHAHA..woo…OMG! That is hi-larious!!! Come on now, tell the truth, are you a stand up comedian? No? Well you should be because you are like, SO FUNNY!

  17. jnbnet says: Nov 22, 2013 12:52 PM

    sportsfan18 says:
    Nov 22, 2013 12:42 PM
    And when the Broncos asked for film from the Pats to help show them this, when they ran the film, they saw a film of them conducting their OWN walk through.

    Poor video guy at the Pats headquarters sent the wrong video tape to the Broncos
    ===============================
    WOW! How long did take ou to come up with that? So original…..insightful…..so funny.

  18. brutus9448 says: Nov 22, 2013 12:55 PM

    This game will come down to whether the patriots get to cheat or not

  19. 3taintedchampionships2biglosses says: Nov 22, 2013 12:56 PM

    Brady invented whining to the refs constantly to get preferential treatment.

    We can also thank Mr. Bundchen for turning the game into flag football after his knee surgery.

  20. imodan says: Nov 22, 2013 1:04 PM

    If there was ever a Hall Of Fame for regular season wonders who consistently choked in the playoffs Manning would be the first enshrined, maybe the only member. To claim he is better than Brady is either simple homerism or jealousy of one of the winningest QB’s ever. In a results driven league where winning it all is the goal Manning pales in comparison.

  21. ratsfoiledagain says: Nov 22, 2013 1:11 PM

    Manning & Brady have met 12 times in the regular season.

    8 of the games @ NE
    4 of the games @ Indy/Den

    I admit I’m not well versed on how the NFL decides home games for non divisional, same conference teams, but I would have though it would have been slightly more centered.

    I’m not a fan of either team, but I do enjoy watching these two QBs play. I told my son if he ever wanted to be a QB to watch these two play.

  22. jasonculhane says: Nov 22, 2013 1:44 PM

    @ jimmyt

    How can you say Peyton didn’t invent calling out the mike’s and changing the routes at the line of scrimmage? He never invented the “Hurry up” but he took everything on a whole new level never saw before.

    Did he invent certain things? Yea, I’d say he did. He invented a whole new way for a quarterback to run a system based on read and recognition.

  23. jasonculhane says: Nov 22, 2013 1:49 PM

    jimmyt

    Again, I know your statement wasn’t critical. But for sure an “invention” of sorts took place and it started with Manning in 2003-04. After that, the game evolved with defenses using head sets to communicate, and mike linebackers really doing the same things Peyton’s doing on defense.

    Again, he took it to another level, we can debate whether he invented it or not. My opinion is he invented the “read and recognition” style qb’s use in todays game.

  24. randomjoeblow says: Nov 22, 2013 2:57 PM

    Manning gets the ball out so fast because he simply gives up on any play where he’s going to be hit, and never gets called for grounding. If they actually called it correctly, he would stall a ton of drives with his penalties..

  25. bcgreg says: Nov 22, 2013 4:34 PM

    @ richieburg

    Jim Kelly and the K-Gun were the first to use the no huddle as a primary weapon. Let’s not give Manning credit for stuff he didn’t do. Manning perfected the audible. Well, he perfected the dance he does while calling an audible.

  26. lanman11 says: Nov 22, 2013 5:32 PM

    I am pretty sure the games between the Pats and Colts in the new millennium were split 7/7 home & home. Only recently have we seen the Pays v Broncos games in New England. Prior to that it was probably the most lopsided series in the NFL with the Broncos hosting around 70 percent of the games. I mention this for the Manning Apologists that can’t get their minds around the fact that Brady is the winning-est regular season and post season QB of all time, and his 7 AFC Championship games, 5 Superbowl’s, and 3 Superbowl rings will never be matched by Manning.

    In addition, if you think Brady has done it with defense, think again, as he dragged the NFL’s worst defense of all time to the Superbowl just 2 seasons ago, and barely lost. Last years defense in the AFC Championship game was also no bargain. It seems as long as he is taking snaps for NE, they have real shot, not an imaginary hopeful shot, at going the distance. If you are at all objective, you can appreciate what this guy is.

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