Tim Tebow: Jets' QB Will Continue to Go Unnoticed vs. Stout Dolphins Defense

Patrick Clarke@@_Pat_ClarkeCorrespondent ISeptember 23, 2012

September 16, 2012; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Jets quarterback Tim Tebow (15) walks off the field against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the third quarter at Heinz Field. The Pittsburgh Steelers won 27-10. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-US PRESSWIRE
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Don't expect the New York Jets' Wildcat general to make an impact on Sunday against the Miami Dolphins.

Tim Tebow won't be unleashed in Week 3's AFC East showdown. He won't shine. He won't even show glimpses of greatness capable of forcing smiles onto the faces of bold fantasy owners everywhere.

How can I be so sure?

The backup signal-caller will attempt to change the pace up against the NFL's fourth-best rushing defense in the Dolphins' on Sunday.

Miami is allowing just 53 yards per game on the ground this season and proved it was for real when it held the Houston Texans to just 2.4 yards per carry at home in Week 1. The Texans currently boast the NFL's sixth-best rushing attack.

With that said, is it really fair to expect a big day from Tebow and New York's 17th-ranked running game?

The answer is no, and that's why fantasy owners must keep Tebow in their back pocket and wait to play him for another day and a better matchup.

The third-year signal-caller has just six rushes for 33 yards through the season's first two weeks, and has been a non-factor for the Jets thus far. Tebow had just one rush for 22 yards in New York's loss at Pittsburgh last weekend.

Never mind that South Beach is the birthplace of Tebowmania, because it won't matter this weekend. The Dolphins' defense is allowing less than 2.2 yards per rush this September and simply will not be beaten on the ground.

If the Jets' offense is going to save them in Week 3, then they will need to feed Miami a hefty dose of Mark Sanchez. After all, very little of the Jets' offensive success has come on the ground this fall.

New York has just one rushing touchdown in 2012, and that came in garbage time against the Buffalo Bills in Week 1. The old ground and pound style of football that used to back up Rex Ryan's trash talk is gone. 

Don't expect Tim Tebow to revive it. 


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