Thursday, October 21, 2021

Completing a 75% pass against Baltimore would put Teddy Bridgewater in rare company

Ten things to know about the Broncos and Baltimore Ravens’ entry into Sunday’s game:

1. A win over Baltimore would give Broncos quarterback Teddy Bridgewater a four-game winning streak for the third time in his career; He won five straight for Minnesota in 2015 and for New Orleans in ’19. Bridgewater is second in the NFL with a 76.8 completion rate (73 out of 95). If he reaches at least 75% against the Ravens, he will become the sixth quarterback in NFL history to reach that point in four consecutive games. First five: Kurt Warner (St. Louis, ’01-02), Carson Palmer (Cincinnati, ’04-05), Tom Brady (New England, ’07), Aaron Rodgers (Green Bay, ’14-15) and Alex Smith (Kansas City, ’16-17).

2. Helping Bridgewater’s completion rate is its accuracy on short-to-intermediate passes. According to the Denver Post’s game charting, he is making 47 of 44 passes (not counting throwaways) on attempts traveling 1-10 “air” yards—14 of 16 at the Giants, 18 of 20 at Jacksonville. And 11 of 11 vs. 11. Jet. When going downfield (at least 16 “wind” yards), Bridgewater is 12 out of 21 for 256 yards.

3. A hallmark of the Baltimore defense is foreign pressure—it can run four, but the offense is guessing where the four players are coming from. And when the Ravens run a five, it could be Safari or Nickel Back. My charting has 18 of 22 for 234 yards against bridgewaters and three touchdowns against extra rushers.

4. Rookie Pat Suren II will play his third game as an outside cornerback due to a hamstring injury from Ronald Darby. In man coverage against Jacksonville and the New York Jets, the quarterback is passing 7-of-12 for 65 yards and has an interception against Suren.

5. “Pat is making a lot of progress,” said defensive back coach Christian Parker. “Talking with Pat, he’s understanding the importance of the process over the course of the week — his preparation for the film, his technique, the way he strikes the various receivers and quarterbacks, and the looks they’re playing. The more NFL snaps he gets. “The more coordinators and quarterbacks and receivers he goes up against, the more comfortable he’ll be. He’s still a young guy, so he’s looking at things for the first time.”

6. The keyboard Twitter jockey, who had been suspecting outside linebacker Von Miller during the off-season, is now aboard the Miller train and got particularly brave after being named No.58 on Thursday as the AFC Defensive Player of the Month. His target? I. I disagreed with the Broncos’ decision to exercise Miller’s 2021 option (the team-high $22.125 million salary cap hit), suggesting instead a full divorce or an extended contract with her production and age at bay. Fourteen games left. One person asked me why I didn’t delete March’s tweet calling General Manager George Patton’s move a “big mistake.” why would I do that? Whoever has an opinion, one should always stand by it.

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