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Posted on: December 18, 2011 5:56 pm
Edited on: December 18, 2011 6:00 pm
 

Patriots lead Broncos, 27-16 at the half

Denver started fast against New England before giving up 20 unanswered points in the 2nd quarter. (US PRESSWIRE)


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Posted by Ryan Wilson

It's a battle of strengths in Denver: The Broncos' running game vs. the Patriots' passing game and 30 minutes into this week's Game of the Century, the New England Patriots lead 27-16 at the half.

Denver got off to fast start, scoring touchdowns on their first two drives, and converting a field on the third. The Broncos also racked up 175 rushing yards in the first two quarters, averaging a whopping 8.8 yards per carry.

Tim Tebow completed 5 of 8 throws for 68.

Brady, meanwhile, was 12 of 22 for 171 and two touchdown passes, and he rushed for another.

The Broncos' offense looked unstoppable in the first quarter but turnovers by Lance Ball, Tebow and Quan Cosby led to the Patriots scoring 20 unanswered points to take a 27-16 lead at the break. Denver had just seven offensive plays in the second quarter.

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Posted on: December 18, 2011 9:38 am
 

Jesus visits Tim Tebow, Broncos in SNL sketch

By Will Brinson

Tim Tebow gets enough talk these days that it shouldn't be surprising in the least to see Saturday Night Live bust out a skit on the Broncos quarterback.

But the way they did it is impressively funny -- Jason Sudeikis, dressed as Jesus, busts into the Broncos locker room during Tebow's post-game speech and tells the quarterback to "take it down a notch."

The big guy also makes a few salient football points: focus, stretching is important, as is reading the playbook, the Patriots are really good and the Broncos kicker deserves some love.

"Matt Prater, I pray to you brother," Jesus said.

Jesus also has some pretty funny lines for Tom Brady and Bill Belichick.



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Posted on: December 17, 2011 5:33 pm
Edited on: December 29, 2011 5:28 pm
 

For the gambler in you, week 15

Potential Miami coachs

By Josh Katzowitz

Each Saturday, we’ll take the best -- and most clever -- odds collected by Bovada for the upcoming week and give our take. This is important stuff, perhaps the most important post you’ll read all week. Because if you can’t lose money while watching a game in which you have absolutely no effect, what’s the point of watching sports at all?

Will the Miami Dolphins hire one of these high profile coaches (Bill Cowher, Jon Gruden, Jeff Fisher, Brian Billick, Tony Dungy)?       
  
Yes -200

No +150

No, they’re going to go with a “young Don Shula” and none of the aforementioned qualify. Billick might have some interest, but I think the Dolphins might go with a top-notch assistant.

Who will be the head coach of the Kansas City Chiefs for Game 1 of the 2012 regular season?

Romeo Crennel 2/1       

Josh McDaniels 5/2       

Kirk Ferentz 3/1       

Jeff Fisher 7/2       

Bill Cowher 7/1      
 
My brain wants to say Josh McDaniels, but my heart says Crennel. Actually, I think McDaniels wouldn’t be a good choice, and I think Crennel could become of the league’s better coaches if he gets another opportunity. I’d go with Crennel, because Ferentz never goes anywhere and Fisher and Cowher won’t want a personality like general manager Scott Pioli hanging over them.

Who will have more turnovers in the game Week 15?

Tom Brady (NE) QB +145    

Tim Tebow (DEN) QB -175    

Unless you’re a pirouetting ballerina like Chicago’s Charles Tillman on his amazing interception of Tebow last week, Tebow rarely turns over the ball. Neither does Brady, but Denver’s defense is better than New England’s unit. I’ll go with Brady on this bet.

Tim Tebow -- completion percentage Week 15?          

Over/Under 49%     

On the season, Tebow is at 48.5 percent, but the Patriots defense is allowing opposing quarterbacks to complete 63.7 percent of their passes. I’d go with over, especially if the Broncos are close in the second half.

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Posted on: December 17, 2011 2:12 pm
 

Antonio Gates on Ravens, Norv, Tebow, Snapdragon

By Will Brinson

Antonio Gates knows the Chargers are up against it. (Getty Images)

The Chargers are fighting for their lives to make the playoffs right now and their toughest test comes Sunday against Baltimore in San Diego. For that game -- and the rest of the season -- the Chargers are renaming their home field "Snapdragon Stadium."

In advance of the first ever game in Snapdragon Stadium on Sundya night, we talked to all-world Chargers tight end Antonio Gates about his health, whether the Bolts can make the playoffs, how much Norv Turner's job security is one the line, the upcoming Ravens game, why Philip Rivers struggled so much during the early part of the season, whether Tim Tebow's getting too much media attention and much more:

Will Brinson: Alright, so the Chargers are changing the name to Snapdragon Stadium, can you talk about the what's going on with that and the process involved?

Antonio Gates: I'm actually looking forward to it, playing in Snapdragon Stadium for the first-ever time Sunday. For people who don't know know, Snapdragon is the heart of your smartphone and it does so many different things. It allows you to watch HD video, play video games, it allows you to search the web without draining your battery, so it's definitely going to be a fun experience, it's definitely going to be an amazing experience and I'm just looking forward to it this Sunday.

WB: Cool deal - big crowd, blackout's lifted and you've got just five catches to break Charlie Joiner's franchise record for receptions. Is that something you're eying for Sunday night?

AG: I'm not trying to go out of my way to get it. It's not like Sunday night's game is about me getting five catches. But it would definitely be an honor to be able to break the record at home, if that's in the midst of the game, if you will, because it's whatever helps us win the game. We still have an opportunity to go to the playoffs if things fall our way.

WB: Yeah, you guys have been hot. You've got 36 catches, 400 yards and five touchdowns since November and you haven't been on an injury report since December 3 that I can see. Just how healthy are you with the plantar fascitis right now?

AG: It's definitely getting better -- it's allowing me to do more physically which ultimately gives me a better chance which helps our football team win the game. I think you see glimpses of that at times, me making catches,  me having pretty good games -- last week I had a pretty good game -- so you see glimpses of it, but it's still an ongoing process.

WB: Yeah, it's a nasty injury. Look, there was a Yahoo Sports article and there was someone who said you'd looked like you'd gotten older … it was kind of disparaging from an unnamed source I'd say. Did you see that and did that motivate you at all?

AG: Nah, it had nothing to do with my motivation at all. To me, outsiders never had any impact on what I do day to day. I've always said that I control my own destiny, and part of that was me just getting back to being healthy. Like I said, there wasn't anything motivating me from the outside of me trying to put this team in the best position to win and go after a championship.

WB: Right on. Philip Rivers was an enigma early in the season and no one could really figure out what was going on, but he seems to have really hit his rhythm in December. Do you guys have any clue why he was struggling early on?

AG: Well, one thing about this league is that the perception is that the quarterback is struggling. It's not always the case. Things could be broken down in other areas but somehow the quarterback takes all the responsibility. And I think that's what was the case when I hear people say things about Philip or about guys on this team.

There's just so much with the one person you see on a consistent basis. Guys will see Philip throwing the ball and if it's an interception, you say "Wow he keeps throwing interceptions," but what people fail to realize is that protection schemes or the wrong route probably played just as big a role in that interception as him actually throwing it.

WB: Yeah, that makes sense. The hidden injury theory's gotten blown out the last couple of weeks -- Ryan Mathew's been on fire the last few weeks. Do you think he's capable of stepping up and becoming a legit feature back?

AG: He definitely has the ability and the potential to be one of the elite backs in the NFL. You can see the maturity level, you can see the growth and that's always a positive thing for a young player who comes in the league.

WB: A lot has been made, at least in reports, that Norv Turner's job is on the line. Is that something you guys worry about when focusing on the next game?

AG: Yeah, a lot of people like to point that out and use the coach as a tool like that. But if his job's on the line that means the rest of the players jobs are on the line. So I think collectively we understand that this is a performance-driven business and with all due respect, we want to the do the right things to enhance our performance, or else you find the best man for the job. I think that's just the nature of this business.

WB: So you guys recognize that he could be out at the end of the year then?

AG: It's just the reality for anyone playing in this league or coaching in this league. To me we're trying to do what we can control, which is win the next game. I think you come in, you prepare, you go about everything first class and then at the end of the season you have to wait and see what happens. There are things that just aren't in your control. And what you can control is how you prepare and how you continue to be a first-class citizen in how you go about your way. And that's definitely the case with this organization and this coaching staff. They continue to come in and work as hard as they can and put us in the best position to win.


WB: Alright, talk about this game on Sunday -- the Ravens defense is obviously stout and typically limits tight ends pretty well. You got anything you guys are planning on gameplanning to throw the Ravens off their game?

AG: Well we know it's a tough challenge. We know they're a very physical defense and a very good football team. In my opinion, they're probably one of the best football teams in the league right now, just because they can do so many different things. They can beat you so many different ways -- they can throw the ball down the field, they can run the ball, they can stop the run, they can cover. They're great in special teams, they're well-coached, so it's gonna be a tough challenge on Sunday night.

WB: OK, I'll get you out on this -- I gotta ask you about this guy first and I feel bad about asking you, but Joe Flacco was complaining about him and all we hear these days is "Tebow" and you guys play him in the division, so are you guys sick of hearing "Tebow, Tebow, Tebow" all the time yet? Are you tired of it yet?

AG: You know, I feel for the other 10 guys that's on the field with him. Really, I do, because the perception is it's about Tim Tebow. And I think the world of him, I think he's a very good football player, but I can honestly say that it's more than Tim Tebow on that team. That's the reason they're winning those football games.

At some point, the credit does go to the quarterback, but that defense is phenomenal, that run game is phenomenal and the offensive line is protecting him to the point where he's not getting touched either. There's so many factors in the game, and I have no problems with them talking about it, but it is what is and I understand he's not doing it all by himself.

WB: Haha, that's a wise answer, my friend. Hey, thanks again for talking to us.

AG: No problem man, take it easy.

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Posted on: December 16, 2011 8:29 pm
 

Finley: Media's Tebow coverage 'disturbing'

FinleyBy Josh Katzowitz

You might have noticed that for the past, oh, two months or so, we’ve gotten a little Tim Tebow crazy on the Eye on Football blog*. That’s because, well, the dude is 7-1 as a starter, because he’s so hated and so loved at the same time, because he’s a leader of men, a winner (via Clark Judge) and a terrible quarterback (via Pete Prisco).

*Not that we’re any different than the rest of the football-loving world.

Me, I love the storyline, because it grows more improbable each week. Sure, if a network is devoting hours a day to Tebow coverage, yeah, that’s a bit much. But it’s a fun ride, and in our view, we’re having a blast with the view Tebow is providing (and what happens, pray tell, if the Broncos actually beat the Patriots on Sunday?).

That said, others NFL players aren’t quite as pleased at how much coverage Tebow has received since taking over for Kyle Orton in Denver.

Take, for instance, Packers tight end Jermichael Finley (by the way, a guy who doesn’t seem to mind a little attention). Finley told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that his quarterback, Aaron Rodgers, should be receiving the attention that Tebow has gotten this year.

“I sit at home, start watching TV and all I’m seeing is Tebow,” Finley said. “That’s kind of disturbing. We have a guy here that’s breaking records every week and you have a guy in Tebow that’s saying ‘God’ every word and he gets coverage. Of course I love my faith and God but come on man.”

Also, this:

Flacco“He’s telling everybody what they want to hear,” Finley said. “You see him and he’s patting everybody on the back saying, ‘You’re going to make this catch. I promise because God said,’ And he makes it happen. Stuff like that. It confuses people. People that don’t know the game outside of the fans, of course they’re going to hype it up. But guys that see a good player and a good quarterback, they know what kind of guy he’ll be down the road when he gets exposed. Everybody who knows the game knows what kind of player Tebow is going to be.”

That could be, and like Finley implies, Rodgers is light years ahead of Tebow (and probably light years of where Tebow ever hopes to be) when it comes to playing quarterback. But let’s face it: the Packers have gotten plenty of coverage this year, and you can’t turn on a football game without seeing that Discount Double Check commercial starring Rodgers as a dancer and a robot.

Finley, though, isn’t alone in his critique of the media coverage surrounding Tebow. Like CBSSports.com’s Ryan Wilson told you the other day, Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco is offended by all the Tebow love as well.

"I like Tim, but you have a tendency to want to, I don’t want to see Tim do bad, but look what happens after he wins a football game," he said. "If you watched SportsCenter [Monday] it was Tim Tebow then something else, Tim Tebow then something else, and Tim Tebow then something else. When we beat the Steelers, were we on TV? No. I couldn’t even find a Baltimore Ravens highlight. I think that’s kinda the way it is around Baltimore. We don’t always get our respect but you gotta deal with it and go out there every week and just win football games.”

Funny thing about Tebow: he just wins games and he always doesn’t get the respect. So, when you think about it, Flacco and Tebow are kind of in the same situation. Except nobody knows what the hell Flacco-ing is.

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Posted on: December 16, 2011 9:59 am
Edited on: December 16, 2011 10:12 am
 

Tebowing NY teens suspended by high school

By Will Brinson

The world, in case you didn't realize it, is obsessed with Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow.

The latest example was Rick Perry name-checking the Denver quarterback during Thursday's Republican debate.

As if Tebow didn't have enough unnecessary controversy surrounding him, though, there's a story coming out of a New York high school, where a group of teens were suspended for Tebowing in their school's hallway.

The logic for the suspensions? The students were clogging up the hallways.

Tebowing, in case you didn't know, involves going to one knee in a prayer-like fashion during normal, daily activities. And in this case, screaming "TE-BOWWWW! TEEEE-BOWWWW!"



"Basically I took part in this to show tribute to Tim Tebow," one student said. "He's an ideal role model. He's a winner, he's a leader he has great faith. I thought eventually they would tell us to stop but I didn't expect a suspension by any means. I think it's an overreaction.

"I don't think it's that big a deal -- we're showing tribute to a role model. He's not a guy doing steroids or drugs or anything like that. He's an ideal role model. People should look up to him."

The school rescinded a pair of the suspensions, but as I understand, two students are still in trouble.

"It’s wonderful that our students look up to sports heroes such as Mr. Tebow, but we can’t allow students to create unsafe situations in school," Riverhead superintendent Nancy Carney said. "Students cannot block hallways and prevent other students from getting to class."

Not mentioned in that statement: "if I let kids go buck wild with prayer-like gestures, I'm going to get sued!"

Perhaps in the future if the students want to to imitate Tebow, they should simply run around swinging their arms through the air like they have poor throwing mechanisms or something.

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Posted on: December 16, 2011 9:19 am
 

Pick-Six Podcast: Week 15 preview + Thurs review

By Will Brinson & Ryan Wilson

Thursday night's scorcher of a game between the Jaguars and Falcons kicked off Week 15's action, and the guys wonder whether Atlanta is getting hot at the right time, if Jacksonville has any hope and just how awesome Shahid Khan's mustache is.

Then they turn their attention to the rest of the week's slate, debating who's in more trouble if they lost Saturday between Raheem Morris and Jason Garrett, why Rick Perry is talking about Tim Tebow, how much trouble Sam Hurd is in and why he did the things he allegedly did, whether the Broncos can actually upset the Patriots, if the Eagles can make a run, why Joe Flacco is whining about Tim Tebow's media coverage and much, much more.

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Posted on: December 15, 2011 9:42 pm
Edited on: December 15, 2011 10:29 pm
 

Rick Perry: 'I am the Tim Tebow of Iowa caucuses'

By Will Brinson


Did you think Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow had taken over every possible aspect of your life? You were wrong -- Republican Presidential candidate and current Texas Governor Rick Perry said during the Republican debates Thursday that he wants to be the "Tim Tebow of the Iowa caucuses."

Tebow Saturation


No, really. This happened; Perry was attempting to point out that he's not a great debater (he's, um, not) but that he was getting the hand of things and he was ready to make a comeback.

"There are a lot of folks that said Tim Tebow wasn't going to be a very good NFL quarterback," Perry said on Fox News Thursday. "There are people that stood up and said well, he doesn't have the right throwing mechanisms, or he doesn't -- you know, he is not playing the game right. You know, he won two national championships, and that looked pretty good."

"We're the national champions in job creation back in Texas. But am i ready for the next level? Let me tell you -- I hope I am the Tim Tebow of the Iowa caucuses."



It's impressive that Perry's desperate wily enough to bust out a pop-culture reference in order to cull points with voters and try and make himself look cool and stuff. But if this works, watch out, because next thing you know he'll be the "Justin Beiber of New Hampshire" too.

Unfortunately, he obviously hasn't learned the lessons involved with Tebow: it's not about "not being a pretty football player." It's about having a great group of players around him, never saying things that are even remotely controversial and not forgetting basic facts.

Also, it's mechanics. Not "mechanisms."

Whatever, it's entirely likely that Perry will need a ridiculous late-game comeback to nail the Republican nomination, so maybe it's an appropriate analogy after all.

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