Good Morning, Broncos fans! If yesterday felt like Groundhog Day, that's because it basically was. The Broncos have found a winning formula, one with several parts stellar defense (22 tackles from Von Miller and D.J. Williams, three sacks from Von and Elvis Dumervil, 36 points allowed in three weeks), a few parts punishing running attack (208 yards including 117 from Willis McGahee), one part excellent special teams (a huge 31-yard PR by Eddie Royal which led to their first score), and a dash or two of luck (two missed FGs by Nick Novak, two Denver fumbles but none lost) and opponent blunders (Norv Turner's Andy Reid-style handling of the clock before halftime) thrown in for good measure.
Denver and San Diego needed OT to reach a combined 300 net passing yards, and the Broncos did Herman Cain proud with their continued offensive futility: nine pass completions, nine punts, nine penalties. But no matter, because a win is still a win, and this 16-13 victory moves the Broncos over .500 for the first time since being 8-4 in 2009 and losing four straight. It should be mentioned that Tim Tebow made some key throws late in the game, and seven of his nine completions went for first downs. Denver has now won five of six and four straight, including three road division victories in a four-week span - a remarkable feat in any season and no matter the circumstances.
Quick, I know how we can settle this Broncos quarterback controversy very quickly.
Clone Von Miller.
Miller did a little bit of everything today except throw the football. He got to the quarterback. He beat the double team. He made the Chargers' offensive linemen look like they were on skates. And when the Broncos needed him most, he slithered through the line and knocked the ballcarrier out of field goal range. As a result, the Broncos won in overtime 16-13.
Miller is pure mayhem. He changes games the way Lawrence Taylor did. He's the single best draft pick of the 2011 draft class.
Watching Miller play requires you implant a swivel on your neck and suspend your belief that a linebacker can be out of this world against the run or the pass. He's turned the Broncos defense into a dominant force in a matter of months.
Before I prop up his candidacy for President of the United States, let me say one more thing.
It doesn't matter who the quarterback is as long as the Broncos have Miller in the game.
Lloyd’s 30th catch upgrades Broncos draft pick
The former Broncos receiver caught his 30th pass of the season for the St. Louis Rams today, officially upgrading the pick the Broncos will receive in next year’s draft to a 5th rounder.
Video: Tim Tebow talks to CBS Sports about season
Sharpe: Do you believe this organization is 100 percent behind you?
Tebow: I believed that I am very blessed to play for this organization.
Sharpe: That wasn’t the question I asked you—whether or not you were blessed. I asked do you believe John Fox and John Elway 100 percent believe Tim Tebow is the guy that’s going to get them back to winning championships?
Nate Jackson: With Tim Tebow, Broncos defying NFL wisdom
John Elway is the Denver Broncos. If anyone will put his heart and his mind into the task at hand — winning football games — John can be trusted to do it. His reputation is on the line. When he said last week he wasn’t quite sure if Tim was the guy yet, he meant it with the objectivity of a man who is trying to do the job he has been hired to do. There is no conspiracy here. Behind closed doors, there are football men who are running a professional football team who are trying to win games. That’s it…But let’s not expect men who have spent their adult lives playing and coaching the game of professional football to so quickly turn their backs on the cornerstones of their trade…The Broncos defense and special teams are playing beautifully. It’s hard to tell exactly why, but it seems as if they are playing more passionately, more cohesively, more like a team.
Enjoy the games everyone, and Go Broncos! Here are the day's inactives.
Denver has not promoted QB Adam Weber from the practice squad, and they will dress only 52 players and two QBs today. They will be without Quan Cosby, Quinn Johnson, Manny Ramirez, Tony Hills, Julius Thomas and Derrick Harvey today, while San Diego WR Bryan Walters, CB Marcus Gilchrist, G Louis Vasquez, G Tyronne Green, T Marcus McNeill, WR Malcom Floyd and DE Luis Castillo are inactive.
Good Morning, Broncos fans! Nate Winkler previews Broncos/Chargers for CHFF, and he points to the ludicrous fact that Tim Tebow has averaged more yards per rush than per pass. Now, granted - part of that is because Tim is sporting a remarkable 6.9-yard average on his carries, but the flip side is that Blaine Gabbert is the only other QB to have thrown 100 passes this season with a lower YPA. But as Winkler stresses, Tebow has also done a great job of not turning the ball over, and his only two giveaways since taking over as the fulltime starter came during the blowout loss to Detroit.
Winkler believes the game will come down to third-down conversions, and there may be no better medicine for Denver's woes there than the San Diego defense. He also says it's a prime opportunity for Tebow to show he can chuck it better, as both the Chargers and next week's opponent (Minnesota) have allowed opponents to post very high QB ratings (unfortunately, so have the Broncos - 96.4 ZOMG!).
Stop me if you've heard this one.
Doug Lee, TJ Johnson, and Mike Silver walk into a bar.
Lee and Silver walk out a little happier. TJ just gets wasted.
Welcome to another week of our staff picks, where we're out to prove you really can screw up your picks when you use shot glasses.
This week, the numbers say the Broncos have roughly a 33% chance of winning.
The numbers are wrong; the Chargers are in meltdown.
I've been steadfast in my defense of Tim Tebow in one area of his game--pre-snap reads.
Accuracy is another issue, but let's put that aside for the moment. Let's continue to focus on Tebow's ability to read a defense when he comes to the line of scrimmage.
Last week's game against the Jets presented a greater challenge than Tebow had faced in previous weeks. The Jets typically mix their coverages pre-snap; they did so again when facing the Broncos.
The challenge for Tebow then (as with any quarterback, for that matter) was getting to the line of scrimmage and knowing where he needed to go with the ball.
We'll take a look at the first play of the game last week, which resulted in a 28-yard gain. Was it just luck? Or was it Tebow?
The Broncos are undoubtedly in the thick of things in the AFC West, and a victory tomorrow could all but end the Chargers' chances to take back the division they had ruled for five out of six years prior to last year's stumble. San Diego is reeling, having lost five straight games (the first four by a single score) and turning the ball over an astonishing 14 times during that stretch. Of course, the Broncos are on the upswing, have won four of their last five, and they've given it away just once in three games. Just how likely is Denver to pull of their (previously unimaginable) third road divisional win in four weeks' time? Let's check out the Stats That Don't Lie to find out: