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12-18-2009, 09:56 PM
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2.0 AFC Semifinals Boston Patriots at Buffalo Bills

Boston Patriots

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Coach - Bill Parcells
QB - Tom Brady
RB - Marshall Faulk
WR - Randy Moss
WR - James Lofton
TE - Ben Coates
LT - Mike McCormack
LG - John Hannah
C- Dwight Stephenson
RG - Bill Fralic
RT- Bruce Armstrong


DE - Claude Humphrey
DT - Fred Smerlas
DT - Joe Greene
DE - Howie Long
ROLB - Nick Buoniconti
MLB - Ray Lewis
LOLB - Robert Brazile
CB - Darrell Green
FS - Donnie Shell
SS - Steve Atwater
CB - Lester Hayes

K - Gary Anderson
P - Mike Scifres
KR/PR - Billy "White Shoes" Johnson

BN - WR - Stanley Morgan
BN - DL - Jerome Brown
BN - QB - Warren Moon
BN - LB - Steve Nelson
BN - RB - Thurman Thomas

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Buffalo Bills:

Coach Bill Belichick

QB--Roger Staubach
RB--Eric Dickerson
RB/WR--Red Grange
FB--Larry Centers
WR--Lynn Swann
WR--Art Monk
WR--Steve Smith
WR--Dante Hall
LT--Art Shell
LG--Mike Munchak
C--Jim Langer
RG--Larry Little
RT--Cal Hubbard
TE--Todd Christensen
TE--Wesley Walls


LE--Jack Youngblood
NT--Bob Baumhower
RE--Dan Hampton
DE--Cal Hubbard
LOLB--George Webster
LILB--Sam Mills
RILB--Zach Thomas
ROLB--Lawrence Taylor
CB--Mel Blount
CB--Jimmy Johnson
CB--Butch Byrd
CB--Red Grange
FS--Cliff Harris
SS--Jack Christiansen

KR--Dante Hall
PR--Jack Christiansen
K--Jan Stenerud
P--Brian Moorman

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This should be a good test for my Bills.

Offense:
We have an excellent offensive line that we think matches up well with the Patriots front 7. Our right side of the line (Langer-Little-Hubbard) especially should plow open some major holes as all three made their living blocking for explosive running attacks. Shell and Munchak provides excellent blind-side protection for Staubach, although of course all 5 guys are capable in both the run and passing game. Of course, Greene and Long are guys we need to be concerned with, but we think our interior (Munchak-Langer-Little) can hold against Greene, while Art Shell is one of the finest LTs of all time and Hubbard was among the first linemen to make the HOF.

Dickerson and Grange provide a potent 1-2 attack. We will use Grange especially on 3rd downs due to his versatility as a pass receiver. Larry Centers can also chip in with lead blocks although he is more known for his work in the passing game. And especially with that right side of our line, these guys should have plenty of running room.

Boston's secondary is very good, but we feel we can efficiently move the ball through the air against them. Roger Staubach was known for not turning the ball over, three times leading the league in lowest INT %age, so those talented DBs are going to have a tough time producing turnovers. And while he certainly has the arm for deep throws (he coined the term "Hail Mary"), our passing attack is a possession based approach. Art Monk and Todd Christensen catch anything thrown in their direction, and with Lynn Swann and Steve Smith we will be able to spread the field more vertically and give Monk and Christensen some more room to work underneath. Centers and Grange (who can also line up at WR) are major threats out of the backfield and cannot be ignored either. Additionally, with only 4 DBs on their roster, when we bring in Smith (and even Dante Hall as our #4), we can really create some matchup problems and free up our other receivers even more. Wesley Walls also gives us another option when we go into our 2 TE set.

Defense:
We like our matchup of our front 7 versus their offensive line. Of course, the guy to watch is Lawrence Taylor who can and will do anything we need--run support, pass rush, pass coverage, it doesn't matter. Youngblood is a ferocious pass rusher and we really like the matchup of him going up against the right side of their line. Baumhower in his prime was the most dominant DT in the league, while Hampton is excellent both against the run and getting to the QB. One advantage we have is Cal Hubbard (who can also drop back as a LB) coming in off the bench, and since Hampton can play RE, LE, and DT we can rotate and move guys around to keep all of them fresh. Zach Thomas and Sam Mills at ILB both are excellent at reading plays, while Webster is known for his incredible speed and can run sideline to sideline (even as an outside backer), as well as his coverage skills, even against WRs. This really gives us options in bringing exotic blitz packages and coverage schemes--and with a coach like Bill Belichick you can be sure he'll dial up something new and innovative that maximizes the strengths of our personnel.

Our secondary is the heart of our defense though. Mel Blount will shadow Randy Moss everywhere he goes on the field, and if there's one guy who can provide lock-down coverage on an elite WR, it's Mel Blount. Jimmie Johnson was also known for his man-to-man skills, and we feel very comfortable matching him up with Lofton. This really allows our safeties a chance to roam a bit--Jack Christiansen is a playmaker back there, while Cliff Harris brings the hammer and anyone going across the middle is going to pay the price for it. Marshall Faulk and Thurman Thomas are both threats out of their backfield, but we feel that we have the LBs to hang with them. Against Ben Coates we'll use a combination of our safeties and LBs.

Special Teams: This area is pretty even. Stenerud is the only dedicated kicker in the HOF, while Moorman knows how to punt--and punt extremely well--in the swirling winds of Ralph Wilson Stadium (which can get really bad). Christiansen was the most dangerous punt returner of his day, and Dante Hall on kicks is a guy other teams need to gameplan for. We can also use Red Grange on kickoffs as well, so trying to kick away from Hall isn't a viable strategy either.

Intangibles: Obviously, most players selected in this draft bring them, but my team is loaded with guys who were key performers in the playoffs--notably on offense with Staubach, Dickerson, and Swann, and on defense with Youngblood, Hampton, Taylor, Blount, and Christiansen. Bill Belichick as coach will really make our defense tough to play against.

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As expected as you move on in the playoffs the competition gets stronger.

Tha Patriots will try to use a ball control attack with a lot of screens, draws and quick passes to our talented receivers and backs. We expect Morgan and Moss to stretch the field on a few occasions, which will open things up underneath for Lofton, Thomas and Faulk.

At times we'll also use a 2 back set to try to neutralize LT as much as possible, although it will be very difficult to contain him entirely. But occasionally we'll try to take advantage of his aggressiveness and throw a screen or 2 over him.

We've also got a trick or two up our sleeves, where Coates will be used in a TE screen and we may let Marshall Faulk throw near the goal line.

On defense, the Bills OL is strong, as are their skill guys but we're confident that our secondary is good enough to cover while different combinations of Long, Greene, Brazile and Lewis go after the QB, getting there several times.

We fully expect a couple of excellent returns from Johnson and have full confidence that our kicking game will be strong and error free.

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AP-Buffalo

In this AFC semifinal matchup, it pitted the old rivals of the AFC East against each other. Going into the game, it looked to be a tough, physical, hard-fought game between two teams that have one thing in common, a great defense.

One of the most important matchups of the game looked to be how the Boston offense would be able to function against the front 7 of the Buffalo defense that boasts all-time greats like Lawrence Taylor, and Jack Youngblood. There will be a similarly interesting matchup with the Boston front 7 led by Mean Joe and Ray Lewis against a formidable Buffalo offensive line. If one unit is able to take control of the game and dominate the other, it could serve as the tipping point of the game.

Buffalo would get the ball first, and worked hard to establish their running game with Eric Dickerson. They enjoyed moderate success, including a run of 17 yards to reach the Boston 47. Roger Staubach effectively ran the Buffalo offense, using short passes and avoiding runs up the middle to orchestrate the Buffalo offense. They were able to get the ball to the Boston 8 yard line. Once there, the middle of the Boston defense took over, stopping Dickerson for no gain, limiting Lynn Swann to a 4 yard gain on a short pass play, and knocking Staubach down for a 5 yard loss, holding Buffalo to a field goal.

On Boston's first possession, their offense proved to be inconsistent thanks to relentless pressure from Lawrence Taylor, whose presence on the field was clearly felt. He had two tackles on a drive that only picked up one first down, and Boston was forced to punt.

On Buffalo's next play, they did not enjoy the same success as on the first drive. The running game was stopped, and they were forced to a 3 and out.

With a few minutes remaining in the first quarter, Tom Brady was able to get enough time in the pocket to connect with Randy Moss on a long 53 yard pass play that brought the ball to the Buffalo 23 yard line as the first quarter expired. But when Brady dropped back to pass, Lawrence Taylor was able to speed rush around Bruce Armstrong, and lay the boom stick on Tom Brady, forcing him to fumble the ball. The ever-aware Zach Thomas picked up the ball and took it 33 yards before being taken down by Marshall Faulk.

From there, Buffalo showed their quick strike ability, taking the ball 44 yards in just three plays, highlighted by a 28 yard pass play to Steve Smith who had a favorable matchup against the over-matched Boston safety Donnie Shell. Buffalo led 10-0.

On their next drive, Tom Brady showed his resilience again, taking the adversity in stride and effectively driving Boston down 57 yards after being set up with good field position by Billy "White Shoes" Johnson. The drive was capped off by a touchdown catch by Ben Coates on a crossing route.

Both defenses held strong for the rest of the half, as the score was 10-7, a very close game when the first half came to a close.

On Boston's first possession of the second half, the screen game with Marshall Faulk and James Lofton proved very effective, neutralizing Taylor's pass rushing ability with short passes. Boston's goal this drive was to lure Buffalo's secondary into a false sense of security, and when they reached Buffalo's 43, Brady ran a play action pass with the intention of going over the top to Lofton. Buffalo was in their 3-4, and Lawrence Taylor was able to get enough pressure on Brady to force an errant throw that was picked off by SS Jack Christiansen, who took the ball all the way down to the Boston 22.

Once there, it only took one play for Eric Dickerson to bounce the ball outside and dive into the endzone, making the score 17-7.

From there, both defenses held strong, and each team was only able to add another field goal, making the final score 20-10 despite a late game push by the Patriots that was thwarted on 4th down by a sack by Lawrence Taylor.

LT was named the MVP of the game with 8 tackles, 2 sacks, and a forced fumble despite being double covered the majority of the game.


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AP-Buffalo

In this AFC semifinal matchup, it pitted the old rivals of the AFC East against each other. Going into the game, it looked to be a tough, physical, hard-fought game between two teams that have one thing in common, a great defense.

One of the most important matchups of the game looked to be how the Boston offense would be able to function against the front 7 of the Buffalo defense that boasts all-time greats like Lawrence Taylor, and Jack Youngblood. There will be a similarly interesting matchup with the Boston front 7 led by Mean Joe and Ray Lewis against a formidable Buffalo offensive line. If one unit is able to take control of the game and dominate the other, it could serve as the tipping point of the game.

Buffalo would get the ball first, and worked hard to establish their running game with Eric Dickerson. They enjoyed moderate success, including a run of 17 yards to reach the Boston 47. Roger Staubach effectively ran the Buffalo offense, using short passes and avoiding runs up the middle to orchestrate the Buffalo offense. They were able to get the ball to the Boston 8 yard line. Once there, the middle of the Boston defense took over, stopping Dickerson for no gain, limiting Lynn Swann to a 4 yard gain on a short pass play, and knocking Staubach down for a 5 yard loss, holding Buffalo to a field goal.

On Boston's first possession, their offense proved to be inconsistent thanks to relentless pressure from Lawrence Taylor, whose presence on the field was clearly felt. He had two tackles on a drive that only picked up one first down, and Boston was forced to punt.

On Buffalo's next play, they did not enjoy the same success as on the first drive. The running game was stopped, and they were forced to a 3 and out.

With a few minutes remaining in the first quarter, Tom Brady was able to get enough time in the pocket to connect with Randy Moss on a long 53 yard pass play that brought the ball to the Buffalo 23 yard line as the first quarter expired. But when Brady dropped back to pass, Lawrence Taylor was able to speed rush around Cal Hubbard, and lay the boom stick on Tom Brady, forcing him to fumble the ball. The ever-aware Zach Thomas picked up the ball and took it 33 yards before being taken down by Marshall Faulk.

From there, Buffalo showed their quick strike ability, taking the ball 44 yards in just three plays, highlighted by a 28 yard pass play to Steve Smith who had a favorable matchup against the over-matched Boston safety Donnie Shell. Buffalo led 10-0.

On their next drive, Tom Brady showed his resilience again, taking the adversity in stride and effectively driving Boston down 57 yards after being set up with good field position by Billy "White Shoes" Johnson. The drive was capped off by a touchdown catch by Ben Coates on a crossing route.

Both defenses held strong for the rest of the half, as the score was 10-7, a very close game when the first half came to a close.

On Boston's first possession of the second half, the screen game with Marshall Faulk and James Lofton proved very effective, neutralizing Taylor's pass rushing ability with short passes. Boston's goal this drive was to lure Buffalo's secondary into a false sense of security, and when they reached Buffalo's 43, Brady ran a play action pass with the intention of going over the top to Lofton. Buffalo was in their 3-4, and Lawrence Taylor was able to get enough pressure on Brady to force an errant throw that was picked off by SS Jack Christiansen, who took the ball all the way down to the Boston 22.

Once there, it only took one play for Eric Dickerson to bounce the ball outside and dive into the endzone, making the score 17-7.

From there, both defenses held strong, and each team was only able to add another field goal, making the final score 20-10 despite a late game push by the Patriots that was thwarted on 4th down by a sack by Lawrence Taylor.

LT was named the MVP of the game with 8 tackles, 2 sacks, and a forced fumble despite being double covered the majority of the game.
Hubbard plays for me.

Anyways, congrats to the Patriots. They put forth an excellent team, but I just felt we had enough advantages to pull it through.

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Hubbard plays for me.

Anyways, congrats to the Patriots. They put forth an excellent team, but I just felt we had enough advantages to pull it through.
All of these games would be amazing to watch in real life, if that were possible somehow.

Anyway, thanks to all who participated in this.

It was lots of fun.

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