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.
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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.
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“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?
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?
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.
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.”
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.
Fans petition Broncos, Tim Tebow to support gay youth
A growing group of fans and activists are petitioning the Denver Broncos, specifically QB Tim Tebow, to join the ‘It Gets Better’ campaign in support of gay teens. Says petition organizer and Broncos fan Andy Szekeres: “It’s the good Christian thing to do.” The project, founded in September, 2010, is an effort to curb suicides among lesbian, bisexual, gay and transgender teens.