Enjoy the games, everyone! Here are the day's inactives.
The Broncos will be without Brian Dawkins, David Bruton, Mike Mohamed, Manny Ramirez, Tony Hills, Julius Thomas, and Derrick Harvey. New England's inactives are Patrick Chung, Shane Vereen, Brandon Spikes, Sebastian Vollmer, Deion Branch, Ryan Mallett and Nick McDonald.
According to Mike Klis, rookies Rahim Moore and Quinton Carter will start at safety for Denver. Uh oh.
Good Morning, Broncos fans! Unfortunately, it appears Denver's re-signing of Kyle McCarthy was prompted by the injury to Brian Dawkins, who sat out yesterday's walkthrough and is unlikely to play today, as is backup safety and special-teams ace David Bruton. Obviously, this could create a major problem for Denver's pass defense, especially as they face the triple threat of covering Rob Gronkowski, Aaron Hernandez and Wes Welker. Did I say earlier today this game was going to be close?
The probabilities give the Broncos a 35.14% chance of winning today.
Enjoy the games, everyone.
Video: In SNL sketch, Jesus tells Tebow to ‘take it down a notch’
Taran Killam played the wide-eyed Tebow, Andy Samberg was kicking hero Matt Prater and Jason Sudekis played the man responsible for Denver’s second-half success, who advises the Broncos to take care of the game themselves instead of having Him come in and bail them out every fourth quarter.
Interesting matchup today, right? Have you ever seen so much talk about a regular-season game featuring an eight-point spread (the third-biggest one behind Packers/Chiefs and Saints/Vikings)? It's pretty bizarre, but that's the power of Tim Tebow. He's all anyone ever wants to talk or read about (just ask Skip Bayless about his show's ratings), except of course for when the author/commentator's viewpoint doesn't match that of the readers/viewers/listeners.
This is the animal we're dealing with. Anyway, big betting line or not, this is an exciting day to be a Broncos fan, because we get to see how our team measures up against NFL royalty (if not the far-from-perfect class of the conference). Let's see how the two teams match up.
Tim Tebow attempted 40 passes last week, so he finally qualifies to be ranked in NFL QB rate stats. In terms of traditional QB rating, Tebow sits at 14th among 32 qualifiers at 83.9, and in terms of PFR's NY/A and ANY/A he ranks 29th and 18th, respectively, out of 32 quarterbacks.
Those rankings aren't so bad, especially relative to the criticism lobbed at Tebow's play from folks like, well, this guy. Of course, the whole point of doing this is to see how much Tebow's running adds to his offensive contribution to the Broncos as compared to other QBs who run less, or not as well. Let's see how the numbers have changed since the first and second weeks we've done this.
Tebow to suspended students: Obey rules
Though he is impressed by their courage, Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow is asking high school students who have been punished for Tebowing at school to play by the rules. “You have to respect the position of authority and people that God’s put as authority over you,” Tebow said. “So that’s part of it and just finding the right place and the right time to do things is part of it, too. But I think it does show courage from the kids, standing out and doing that, and some boldness.”
Need I say more?
Three New England Patriots players originally listed as questionable have been downgraded and won’t play in Sunday’s game against the Denver Broncos. The team announced Saturday that wide receiver Deion Branch (groin), linebacker Brandon Spikes (knee) and running back Shane Vereen (hamstring) have been ruled out. The Patriots also ruled out two others—safety Patrick Chung (foot) and offensive tackle Sebastian Vollmer (back/foot)—who were originally listed as doubtful.