I agree that the first drive against Tampa Bay, and especially the two completions to Moose, kept Tampa on their heels and forced them to bring a man out of the box, thereby opening up our ground attack.
Now why wouldn't we do the same against a depleted Denver secondary that ranks 27th against the pass (and 26 against the run)? Yes, we'll probably have success running the ball on them regardless, but we could dominate the game if we force them to acknowledge Smith, Muhammad and Jarret. It worked against one of the best secondaries in the league, it should work against Denver.
Another thing to consider is Denver's ability to quickly put points up on the board. Denver has a much better passing game than Tampa. Whether we start fast or slow, we've got to be able to match their scores. I don't know that we'll be able to match them blow for blow by just running the ball.
Edited by Beaux Berry, 11 December 2008 - 07:39 PM.