All four AFC West teams in contention for division title
“We’ve got better odds than we had in 2008,” Rivers told The San Diego Union-Tribune after Sunday night’s 34-14 smashing of the Baltimore Ravens. “We’ve got a chance.” But that hinges on winning at Detroit—where the Lions will be looking to claim their first playoff berth since 1999—and getting help from elsewhere.
Sorry, Phil, you can only roll the dice so many seasons in a row. This time, you're going down--and your little dog, Norv Turner, too!
Patriots-Broncos helps CBS earn second-best preliminary NFL rating since 1998
The highly anticipated matchup between Tom Brady and Tim Tebow helped draw the second-best preliminary television rating for a regular-season NFL game on CBS since the network acquired the AFC package in 1998.
The New England Patriots’ 41-23 win over the Denver Broncos led to a 19.5 overnight rating and 36 share for CBS’s NFL coverage Sunday. Only the Nov. 4, 2007, games highlighted by a meeting of two undefeated teams, the Patriots and Colts, had a higher rating in the last 14 seasons on the network with a 22.5/39.
As far as I could tell on Sunday, Tebow’s main power seems to be to make football announcers abandon their critical faculties. When they weren’t hyping Tebow’s mere presence, the CBS team of Jim Nantz and Phil Simms were making excuses for his poor throws and his team’s mediocre play, while minimizing New England’s dominance. “It didn’t come out of Tebow’s hand clean, but it doesn’t matter,” Simms said after Tebow’s first completion of the day. When the Patriots took the lead for good in the second quarter, Simms said, “We sit here and I feel like it’s been all Denver up to the point.” At that moment, New England had possessed the ball for all but 12 of the game’s previous 478 seconds. CBS later showed side-by-side video of Tebow and Brady throwing, and Simms told us we were looking at “the exact same thing,” by which he must have meant a man throwing a football. When he finally admitted that Tebow had made a poor throw, Simms excused it—and, by extension, every other Tebow errancy—by claiming that his misses are due to an overabundance of caution. On the very next play, Tebow must have been feeling extremely cautious. Nantz reminded us that he’d have an entire offseason to get better.
In Case You Were Wondering, Yes, Sarah Palin Is A Tim Tebow Fan
“I am so pro Tebow…you know he is unashamed of his savior, Jesus of Nazareth. He knows that Jesus is gonna rock your world when you give it all over to him.”
Really, we can't make this stuff up.
I'm glad Palin clarified that she was talking about the Jesus from Nazareth, and not Jesús of Vegas, who hooked me up with some sweet Ray-Bans last summer. He definitely rocked my world. Keep on rockin' in the free world, Jesús...to that crazy casbah sound.
10 Things We Learned: Upsetting Week 15 edition
But Tebow played a heck of a good game against the Patriots, and his performance should be extremely encouraging to Broncos fans and management.
He’s shown huge improvement in just a half-season of play, going from a quarterback who couldn’t be trusted to make the simplest throws to a guy who had more than a few nice tosses against a willing New England defense. Assuming he can turn about 10 percent of his throws from errant to on-the-mark, he’s going to be a good one.
The debate over what the Broncos want to do next year should be moot. They hired John Fox to bring toughness and running to the organization, and with Tebow they’re in extremely good position to do that. If your QB has six turnovers in nine starts, in his first real action? You stick with that guy, period.
Happy Monday, friends. Even after a loss on Sunday, the Broncos are in very strong shape to make the playoffs as either the AFC West champion or as a Wild Card. Winning games in your division is of major importance, but winning ones in your conference ends up being very helpful to tiebreakers, as well. Let's examine the various paths the Broncos have into the postseason. The Broncos have earned their strong position by winning in the division, and by beating teams like Cincinnati and the Jets within the conference.
You can test these and other scenarios using ESPN's Playoff Machine, which is pretty cool.
12-19-11 The John Elway Show Part 1
“He’s got a get a feel for the game and where his matchups are…it’s always a work in progress…but Tim threw the ball pretty good yesterday…they’re going to keep their eyes on Tim…when you do run the option they way we have, there’s always the chance of putting the ball on the ground.”
Another week, another John Elway interview in which he tries to avoid saying much of anything. Can't say I blame him. He did confirm something that we've known all along, however--namely, that Tom Brady already knows where he's going with the football before the play even beings: "He knows what's coming early...He's able to get all of those reads early."
On a few other subjects, Elway said the Broncos "hold our destiny in our hands," and that he doesn't regret his decision to let Kyle Orton go: "Nope. Not at all...we made the move that was best for the Broncos at that time."
I don't buy the last part about Orton. If the Broncos lose to the Chiefs in the last week of the season, he may not say it, but Elway will indeed regret it. Who wouldn't?
Good Morning, Broncos fans! Unfortunately, the magic came early and did not linger, as the Patriots thumped the mistake-prone Broncos 41-23 after Denver had jumped out to a 13-7 lead. On their first two possessions, the Broncos racked up 162 yards on 13 plays (11 runs, two passes) and it looked like Denver actually had a chance to blow the doors off New England early. But on their third possession, John Fox curiously chose (again) to kick a FG on fourth-and-one from the New England eight-yard line despite the dominance of the Broncos' running game. One could never deem the explosive Pats to be against the ropes, but another TD there would have been quite a blow.
Denver's momentum was gone, the Pats went 80 yards to get within two points, and then the Broncos put the ball on the ground three times (Lance Ball, Tim Tebow, Quan Cosby) in a span of 8.5 minutes, leading directly to 13 New England points. Starting with that third Patriots possession, New England outscored Denver by a score of 34-7 the rest of the way.
Jeremy Shockey didn’t like the way Texans stood during anthem
“I was pretty upset in the way [Texans players] weren’t showing respect to America during the national anthem,” the Panthers tight end told SportsRadio 610. “There were about 10 players that didn’t put their arms across their chest. “This is America. You should at least respect America.”
Jeremy, do you really know what was in their hearts?
All winning streaks must come to an end.
We knew it wouldn't go on foreover. There's no shame in losing to a team like the Patriots.
Perhaps it's a blessing in disguise; this loss might just kick the Broncos back into reality.
They've got a little work to do. This season is ultimately about running, tackling, and not turning the ball over.
Let's hope the Broncos stop ignoring all of the press they've been getting the last six weeks; let's hope they cast aside terms like magic, destiny, and miracle; let's hope they replace them with some better form tackling and ball control.
It will probably take them further into the playoffs.