PFF: Denver defense a mere shell of itself sans Von

Re-Focused: Broncos @ Vikings, Week 13
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If a player’s worth is defined by what his unit does in his own absence then Von Miller’s stock should be on the rise in every single award category out there. Be it Rookie of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year or even MVP; he needs to be at least on those ballots. A defense that has been so stifling for the last month on the Broncos winning streak suddenly looked a shadow of itself against a Viking offense that has hardly been tearing up the league. Without Miller the productivity of the pass rushing nosedived, netting pressure on only 13 pass rush attempts of the 261 times that Denver defenders rushed the passer.

Jared Allen: Tebow lit us up

Most valuable? Gotta be Tebow right now
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A group of students at Harvard calling itself the Harvard Sports Analysis Collective, wrote an article entitled “A Statistical Analysis of the Miracles of Tim Tebow.’’ That’s fun, using stats to determine miracles. The study used a lot of numbers and acronyms—DVOA and EPA—and talked about how the Broncos’ poor record under Orton was not surprising based on a Pythagorean expectation. Broncos fans had been thinking exactly the same thing, which is why they responded to Orton with “boo.’’ Basically, the study says that numbers and expectations for the offense have fallen since Tebow took over, and the defense has improved only slightly. So why the highly improved record? Apparently, that’s the miracle. After Sunday’s game, Vikings’ defensive end Jared Allen was surely pondering Tebow and Pythagoras when he said, “I mean, the dude lit us up. ... I would have bet my paycheck that he would not have beat us passing the ball.’’

Hey Jared, if you're serious, Tebow knows of a good charity that could put that paycheck to good use.

The gist of this article was value, not numbers.  It asks the basic question: Who is most valuable to his team?

Edholm: Wondering why Vikes didn’t let Broncos score at the end

Shorts and Shells: Week 13
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At this point, knowing that they can’t stop the clock again or force much worse than a 21-yard field-goal attempt, the Vikings needed to let the Broncos score. It’s what many people feel the Packers did to the Broncos at the end of Super Bowl XXXII. Otherwise, the Broncos could just milk the clock and kick the game-winner…A week after foolishly going for it on 4th-and-goal down 10 points at Atlanta — although showing some nerve in the process — Frazier went soft. He was outcoached. Now maybe a smart player such as Tim Tebow sees the Vikings are allowing the Broncos to score and he takes a knee before the goal line, a la Maurice Jones-Drew against the Jets a few years ago or Brian Westbrook against the Cowboys.

MMQB: Hey McDaniels haters, u still mad tho?

Rodgers, Tebow respond with the pressure on in Week 13
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If there’s been a story like Tebow’s in the 27 years I’ve covered the NFL, I’m having a hard time recalling it. An aside to Bronco Nation: Still furious at the McDaniels Era? He is, after all, the man who drafted the best story in sports. Shoot, and maybe the best story overall…What exactly are we watching here, other than the nuttiest story in recent sports history?

Benoit: One-week snark hiatus for Tebow

Week 13 Quick Hits: In Praise of Packers Receivers
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Tim Tebow played well enough to get a one-week reprieve from the smarmy sarcasm that has pocked the Broncos’ Quick Hits capsules for the last month and a half. Tebow had the luxury of facing a Vikings secondary that was iffy even before losing five of its top six players. As a quality quarterback would, he took advantage of the Vikings’ attrition.

Silver: Self-loathing in Minnesota post-Tebow

Yates ready to put arm to good use for Texans
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It’s always something, with a common theme – Tebow and his teammates are finding ways to win games that many others in their situation don’t. Consider that overarching theme when assessing these comments from several Minnesota players with whom I communicated after Sunday’s game. Vikings Player 1: “I can throw to wide-open people. Let’s face it, we suck.” Vikings Player 2: “He gets it done somehow. Our DBs could not cover their receivers. I can’t explain it. He looks so bad in warmups throwing it, it’s crazy. Maybe he is the second coming.” Vikings Player No. 3: “It’s very hard to deny at this point that he’s got something special.”

Hey, he made the throws.

The Daily Lard 12-5-11

Good Morning, Broncos fans! The Denver offense must have set their watches wrong upon arrival in Minnesota, because they did their thing about an hour earlier than usual in leading the Broncos to a 35-32 victory over the Vikings and into a first-place tie with the Raiders. Instead of waiting until the last five minutes of the game to show up as has been their trademark, Tim Tebow & Co. came out firing after halftime.

Following their fourth-consecutive brutal first half (48 net yards, one first down, zero points), the Broncos scored 28 second-half points and Tebow was a sparkling 6-of-9 for 173 yards with two TD passes to Demaryius Thomas - the first a beautiful strike on a busted coverage by the Vikings and the second a catch-and-run by Thomas after Tebow bought time outside the pocket before making a patient throw.

True to form early on, the Denver defense kept the Broncos in the game and provided all of the team's first-half points with a pick-six from Mario Haggan, who was subbing for the injured Von Miller. But Willis McGahee was caught for a safety on the Broncos' first play from scrimmage, and a fumble by McGahee and another by Tebow led to a pair of Vikings field goals, helping Minnesota to a 15-7 halftime lead.

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Forte has Grade 2 MCL sprain, likely to miss next week’s game

Sources: Matt Forte has Grade 2 sprain
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CHICAGO—Chicago Bears running back Matt Forte suffered a Grade 2 MCL sprain in Sunday’s loss to the Kansas City Chiefs, according to the initial diagnosis, sources close to the situation told ESPN.com.

Injuries such as these typically sideline players two to six weeks. There are four games left in the season.

The Broncos get more good injury luck, in advance of a big game.

H/T my brother ChrisB860 (an occasional poster) who called me on the phone to tell me.

Gut Reaction: Week 13 - Broncos at Vikings

Don't look now, Denver, but the Broncos are in first place!

This was a game the Broncos should have won, but who would have thunk it?

Like this?  Yeah, just like this.  The Broncos' high-octane offense put up 28 points on the road, my friends. 

Their offense was a second-half juggernaut.  It came at just the right time.

On a day in which the Broncos needed Tim Tebow to pass as well as he's been running the football, they got exactly what they needed. Tebow had his best passing day as a pro.

Their remaining schedule has them playing at home three out of four.

Do you believe? You'd better start.

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Open Thread - Sunday Week 13

Enjoy the games everyone, and Go Broncos! Unfortunately Von Miller has been ruled out of the game today; joining him among inactives are Rahim Moore, Quinn Johnson, Mike Mohamed, Manny Ramirez, Tony Hills and Julius Thomas. Minnesota will be without CB Asher Allen, RB Adrian Peterson, CB Chris Cook, S Andrew Sendejo, OL Brandon Fusco, OL DeMarcus Love and DE D’Aundre Reed.

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