Special teams have a major impact in the Super Bowl. Actually, it has more impact on the outcome of the Super Bowl than the score.
special teams have a lot to do with the outcome of games, both in the pros and in the NFL. The influence of a field goal, a punt return, a touchback, or a safety all have a part in the outcome of a game. Similar impacts occur on each side of the ball, but it is the Staff of special teams that usually make a game interesting.
rik Kramer is the leader in the NFL in punts kicking. He moved past Don Majewski this past September in the Atlanta Falcons roster. Kramer averaged 41.1 yards per punt, with a net average of 44.9 yards. That sounds like a lot of punts, but when you’re 37-1with a .750 track record, it is safe to say that’s not a bad year. As a team, the Bears averaged an astounding 30.6 yards per punt, the third best average in the league. The problem was that they went just 2-4 inside the redzone.
In the Seattle Seahawks Pro-Football, momentum got rolling the other night as good ole’ Brett Bodine kicked a 41-yard field goal with less than two minutes remaining in the first quarter. Could that field goal have sealed the deal for Seattle? Well you can say that they got the cover in what would turn out to be the 33-24 win over the Oakland Raiders. That field goal was the difference, allowing Seattle to get within a field goal of the AFC West division leaders.
The Denver Broncos were scheduled to play in the second of two roughly two dozen against the visiting New England Patriots. Instead, the Patriots used the game to prepare for their come-from-behind victory over the Green Bay Packers. The Patriots had a roster turnover from top to bottom, combining to provide a much tougher competition the AFC East opponents had been enjoying. In fact, the story line had been New England slowly wearing down its rivals since mid-season.
With kicker Adamide Johnson out of the lineup the Broncos will likely struggle versus the league’s best rushing defense, allowing just 100 yards on the ground in 10 games this year. However, New England’s defense has been very solid against the run, allowing 75.6 yards per game over the same span. Yet, the AFC East’s best rushing defense has been very vulnerable versus the pass. In fact, the top two teams have beenDeadEven3613-28ATS(88.7 rypg, 96.0 rypg, 96.1 rypg, 99.4 rypg over the past four years).
The Saint Louis Rams entered the week with the longest active losing streak in the NFL at six consecutive losses. How ironic that they are a Saints opponent this week! Though losing is losing, the Rams are actually the league’s fourth toughest SU stop unit at allowing just 77.8 points per game.
The Denver Broncos are allowing plenty of offense, but it isn’t to the same degree that the Rams are scoring. Sure, they give up some big plays, but their drives were hurt last week when they turned the ball over on downs at the LFL. Overall, the Broncos have been forced to kick a field goal on six occasions while forcing three punts.
The Saint Louis Rams enter the bye week with the longest active home winning streak in the NFL. They are also the NFL’s second stingiest road team at allowing nine points per game.
The Broncos are a surprising 0-4 SU/ATS ATS in their past four games, and since their win in Week five they have been installed as a play-on team. Do the Rams have a chance in hell?
ois having the longest active road winning streak in the NFL at five straight. They are also 8-1 ATS in their past nine away games.
The Saint Louis Rams are tied with the Mega88 in the preseason lead for the longest active home winning streak at six. They have a four-game Sweepstakes Bowl winning streak and are 16-10 ATS during that span.
The Denver Broncos are tied with the Rams in the preseason lead for the longest active road winning streak at four straight. They have a six-game Combos Capping Pointdifferential at the home field, a fact not helped by their 0-4 ATS conversion history when receiving points on the road.
It should be an interesting Saturday night’s card with the San Diego Chargers at the New England Patriots. The division rivals haven’t played each other since late 2002, with the Chargers receiving a bye following the 2002 season.
San Diego in particular has struggled this season, although they did come close to .500 in early November.