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Top Ten with a Twist: Why Broncos will beat Pats
eye-on-football.blogs.cbssports.com

If I had to bet my mortgage on the outcome of this game, I’d put my money on the Patriots. But … it’s possible Denver somehow pulls off the win, especially given its amazing run during the past eight games. Thus, in this week’s Top Ten (with a Twist), I’ve come up with 10 reasons why the Broncos will win. Sure, Denver will probably need to play the perfect game while catching New England on one of its lesser days in order to pull off the upset, but as we’ve seen, you always should believe in the power of Tebow.

It's not that crazy...

Burke: Tebow’s bizarre early/late split likely a confluence of several factors

Week 15 N.F.L. Game Probabilities: Explaining Tebow
fifthdown.blogs.nytimes.com

Perhaps opposing defenses are playing too soft with their fourth-quarter leads. Maybe Tebow plays too tight until the necessity and urgency of trailing in the fourth quarter allow him to play with abandon, a theory that is bolstered by fact that Tebow has played relatively poorly in his three overtimes this season. Is it by design? Perhaps the Broncos’ plan is to minimize errors and wait for opportunities for big plays while relying on their defense to keep the game close. Then in the fourth quarter, they roll the dice and become aggressive. My hunch is that it’s some combination of the above.

Nate Newton, small potatoes next to Sam Hurd

Bears WR Hurd facing federal drug charges after arrest
www.nfl.com

According to the federal complaint, Hurd was arrested Wednesday after meeting with an undercover agent at a Chicago restaurant. The complaint said Hurd told the agent that he was interested in buying five to 10 kilograms of cocaine and 1,000 pounds of marijuana per week for distribution in the Chicago area.

Man, Nate's got nothing on this guy. We're talking half a ton PER WEEK. If you're wondering, Hurd signed a three-year deal with Chicago in July which included a $1.35M signing bonus and a $685K salary for 2011 (via Rotoworld). Apparently, Hurd told the undercover agent that he was already responsible for the distribution of four kilos of cocaine per week, but that he needed more supply.

Trailer: Borderline Beast

Here’s the trailer for the movie about Brandon Marshall’s BPD
sports.yahoo.com

A documentary’s coming out in 2012 entitled “Borderline Beast.” Here’s the trailer.

BMarsh should be commended for his introspection, and his willingness to share his story and use it to help others.

Trotter: Tim Tebow Now in no way resembles Tim Tebow Then

In short form, Tebow the QB improving by leaps and bounds
sportsillustrated.cnn.com

Tim Tebow Now in no way resembles Tim Tebow Then—other than being able to make plays at the end of games for improbable wins. He looks so comfortable, so confident. Instead of talking about his shortcomings as a passer, we’re starting to talk about passes his receivers are dropping.

Erased: first 55 minutes of game

Tanier: An ode to Elway

Walkthrough: Dear John
www.footballoutsiders.com

Dear John,
I saw you on TV and you did not look thrilled;
That body language is really gonna get you killed.
There’s lots of people trying to make you out to be a villain.
I think your position is pretty clear, but they’re unwilling
To accept that this is business, all they want to hear
Is that you hate your quarterback, and it’s not true, and I get it.

The whole thing is pretty hilarious

Peppers wins the battle, Clady wins the war

Marquee Matchups: The Clady-Peppers Undercard
www.profootballfocus.com

The only real shame with the whole Tebow craze currently is that some really good football is being missed with the attention centered squarely on the quarterback and his individual merits…Peppers won the statistical battle against Clady, registering a sack and fives pressures, yet, in a game where Tebow passed the ball 41 times, Peppers was unable to make that decisive play in halting Denver’s comeback…Clady never quit on this matchup, the Broncos never quit on the game and they came out victorious in the end.

As always, terrific analysis from PFF

Not even Mets bloggers are immune to Tebow flaming

Only the Gunslinger can save the Mets
www.amazinavenue.com

Only the Gunslinger can save the Mets. Tim Tebow, by request (don’t ask). More grission than you can shake a stick at.

Denver coaches wowed by Tebow’s work ethic

Debunking the myths of Tim Tebow
sports.yahoo.com

The talk is instead about a man who is driven, who arrives early in the morning and leaves long after most of his teammates have departed…Now that he is in the NFL, his diligence is in improving his throwing and studying opponents…The hour doesn’t matter. It could be 9 p.m., maybe 10, but at some point every night the phone of Broncos quarterbacks coach Adam Gase will ring and Tim Tebow will be on the line. “I’ve been watching film,” Tebow will say. Then a string of questions: What happens if a defensive player moves a certain way? How should he go? And what about the receivers? Are there other options? Quietly, Tebow has dazzled the Broncos coaches with his deep understanding of complex offenses.

Nothing is more important than footwork. This is where the Broncos coaches believe Tebow will thrive next…For 30 minutes before every practice and 30 minutes afterward, they work on gliding back and stepping forward…What they couldn’t have understood before they drafted him was how much he would practice this.

h/t codygras

Another of life’s burning questions, answered

John Clayton Does Not Have A Ponytail, But He Does Have A Mullet
deadspin.com

The I-Team investigated this some time ago, only to be told by ESPN that NFL analyst John Clayton did not have a ponytail but only a “mess of hair in back.”

The combover mullet. Wow, that is something else.