The Pittsburgh Steelers (2-1) crushed the Carolina Panthers 37-13 on Sunday Night Football last weekend, convincing the experts that they’re a solid pick against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0-3). Pittsburgh hosts the Buccaneers on Sunday afternoon and there are few who are willing to select Lovie Smith’s group. Tampa Bay is coming off an ugly 56-14 defeat at the hands of the Atlanta Falcons last Thursday.
Once again, the Seahawks allowed this because they used a defensive tackle to spy. This time Manning stepped right up through the void where the dropping defensive tackle should have been and bought enough time to let the route combination develop. Then he made the throw down the field.
By the time the ball gets there neither Chancellor nor Maxwell are close enough to affect the catch. That was a 42-yard completion that took the Broncos from their own 20 to the Seahawks 38-yard line.
Then for some crazy reason they tried to do some other shit. After a spike on first down, Manning missed on a short pass to running back Ronnie Hillman. Then he hit Demaryius Thomas on an out route for 12 yards. With 24 seconds left from the Seattle 26-yard line, somebody said screw it and they went scissors again.
That helps the Seahawks this time because nickel corner, Marcus Burley, actually stayed on Sanders the whole way through the wheel route, or at least tried to, instead of turning him over like he would have in zone. Sanders got separation, and Chancellor was a half a step late getting over the top of him. Peyton’s pass was a little too soft forcing Sanders to wait for half a second. By the time he had his hands on the ball, Chancellor knocked the hell out of him, and he wasn’t able to hold on.
However, the Broncos took note that the concept itself worked, even though Sanders dropped the pass.