The Daily Lard 11-18-11

Happy Friday, Broncos fans! Hard to believe it, but after beating the tired and bumbling Jets 17-13 (box score), the Denver Broncos are 5-5 and a half-game behind the Raiders for first place in the AFC West, pending this weekend's games. That makes three straight wins and four out of five, and the formula remains the same: dominant play from Von Miller and timely, fortuitous plays on both defense and special teams.

I mean, how else do you win a game in which your offense generates 10 points, 229 net yards (134 before the 95-yard game-winning drive), 4.1 yards per play, 11 first downs, nine pass completions, eight possessions of three plays or fewer, and eight punts? At this point, maybe it's just best not to ask why, and roll with it. Because Andrew Lady Luck is most definitely on Denver's side right now, and you're not supposed to look John Elway in the mouth or you may find that lady is really Sexy Rexy singing, right? BTW, you know who else was on the Broncos' side last night? The NFL schedulers, who did the Jets (SNF game followed by a Thursday game at altitude) like they did the Chargers (three games in 11 days).

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Gut Reaction: Week 11 - Broncos vs Jets

When you are winning a war, almost everything can be claimed to be right and wise.

John Fox is the wisest man in the land tonight.

I really am at a loss for words right now, but I swear I saw this film in Miami.

Can we save Broncos fans the drama and just throw out the first fifty minutes of each game?

I prefer to watch the good stuff, if you don't mind.

Let's rewire Tim Tebow's internal clock.

It was a great win by the Broncos.  Look out, Oakland.  The Broncos are coming. And Von Miller hits hard.

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Simmons is laying the points and taking the Jets

The Sports Guy's Thursday NFL Pick
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What happens if Denver falls behind? How will it make up the points? How will it score in this game, period? And shouldn’t it matter that a pretty good Jets team is coming off an embarrassing loss and can’t possibly afford to fall to 5-5 right now? May God and Tebow both forgive me …

Plus, Pat Kirwan discusses the matchup for CBS Sports, and he predicts a late comeback victory for the Jets.

Open Thread - Thursday Week 11

Enjoy the game, everyone - and Go Broncos! RB Willis McGahee is active tonight, while the inactives are WR Quan Cosby, S Rafael Bush, FB Quinn Johnson, G Manny Ramirez, TE Julius Thomas, OT Tony Hills and DE Derrick Harvey. The absence of Cosby means that Eddie Royal is likely to handle the PR duties, with Eric Decker also available for returns. The other surprise is Orange Julius, who had been listed as probable with an ankle injury. For the Jets, WR Jeremy Kerley, RB LaDainian Tomlinson, S Brodney Pool, TE Shawn Nelson, CB Ellis Lankster, QB Kevin O'Connell and DT Martin Tevaseu.

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McGahee to play, barring setback

Broncos' McGahee to play vs. Jets despite hamstring injury
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Denver’s cautious approach to Willis McGahee’s injured left hamstring has paid off, as a league source said Thursday that the Broncos’ running back will play against the New York Jets, barring a setback in warm ups prior to kickoff.

Plus, pregame thoughts from Andrew Mason.

Thoughts on Broncos/Jets from Vegas

Jets-Broncos Thursday night betting primer
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The Jets will probably get bet late, so we’ll most likely need the Broncos by game time. I can see the game getting bet under, too…In regards to traveling across the country on short rest, I don’t know if playing on a Sunday night means anything for the Jets, because they’re in a situation right now where wins are very crucial. You have to come back and be fully motivated to play.

STDL: Week 11 - Broncos vs Jets

The Broncos and Jets open Week 11 tonight, and the rest of the country will get its first look at Tim Tebow as a starting NFL QB. What will they get? Three yards and a cloud of dust from both teams, with the defenses and punters as the stars of the show? Or will Sexy Rexy's defense dare Tebow to air it out and find a willing adversary? Some are suggesting that Rexy's D won't allow the Broncos to run the ball with any sort of success, while the extra-short week (the Jets played Sunday night) and travel across two time zones and up to altitude could help to level any talent deficit Denver may be facing. Let's see if the Stats That Don't Lie will offer any hints:

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Mike Tanier tells us what he really thinks of Tebow-as-QB

Tanier: Forget the platitudes, Tebow's going to fail
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Can the Broncos win with almost no passing game? Is the option a viable NFL offense? Were we wrong to bury Tebow after his embarrassing effort against the Lions? Has Tebow’s running ability changed the way pro football will be played? The answers are no, no, absolutely not, and get serious…What their offense is doing, with the exception of the Raiders game, is scoring 17-18 points against awful opponents and getting blown out by good ones…Tim Tebow is truly a one-of-a-kind quarterback. He’s Benjamin Button. He is going in the wrong direction, not blazing a new path.

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The Playbook Abides - Cover Zero

Tonight's game should be fascinating if speculation about Denver seeing a Cover 0 from the Jets is true.

The thinking is that in order to stop the Broncos' running attack, Rex Ryan is going to go to the Cover 0 more often than not.

If that's the case, it won't be boring.  Exciting football is dangerous football, in which the defense operates on the razor's edge of risk and reward.

The Cover Zero says, Throw at us, we dare you.

Let's take a quick peek at what it looks like:

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