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What Did We Learn about Denver?
I'm not sure about you but every time I watch a big game it is always with a big group of people even if those people are complete strangers. And so it was that my wife talked me into watching our beloved New England Patriots at an upscale but not quite fine dining establishment which seemed a completely suitable location to have a bottle of wine, a few cocktails and some appetizers. We were greeted by a platinum haired hostess who pointed us to the bar when told we were here to watch the Pats. As I sidled up to the bar I noticed one troubling thing. The alternative jazz music playing in the background continued to - play in the background. That's right, no sound on the TV's kids and to make it even better they had the closed caption, replete with spelling errors, scrolling all over Mile High Stadium. That's what I get when I try to please both my wife and myself. It just ain't happenin'.
However, I did watch the game intently and seeing as I was viewing it amongst other New England fans there was not a great deal of noise to distract me as Peyton Manning and the Broncos were busy shutting the Patriots down and their fans up. It became apparent early on that this was not going to be Tom Brady's finest hour. He overthrew receivers all afternoon long and didn't get the engine started until it was too late. Denver was not going to allow another Lazarus-like comeback from the Patriots.
So now Denver has rightfully earned their spot as the AFC entrant into the 2014 Super Bowl. If there is a betting edge to be had for our NFL picks we learned that their defense, though battered and bruised, is far from impotent. They shut down the Patriots offense almost completely until the fourth quarter and by that time it was too late. We were also reminded that the Broncos have a not-so-secret weapon in Matt Prater, the best kicker on the planet. And finally, we also know that Demaryius Thomas is the most unheralded (outside of Colorado mind you) wide receiver in the NFL. The man is money and he torched the Patriots secondary yesterday as he collected seven receptions for 134 yards and a TD. That man may just ultimately be the biggest betting edge you will find in this upcoming Super Bowl. Yes, he's that good.