Tim Tebow: New York Jets Backup QB Set for Best Rushing Day of Season vs. Colts

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Tim Tebow: New York Jets Backup QB Set for Best Rushing Day of Season vs. Colts
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It seems as if Rex Ryan and the New York Jets are unwilling to treat NFL fans to Tim Tebow the passer this season, but instead are dead set on utilizing their offseason addition as a runner only.

That's fine by me, as long as they are prepared to unleash Tebow the runner more than five times per game from here on out. Fourteen carries in five games? Someone should be fired if Tebow isn't given the opportunity to excel in Week 6.

After all, matchups like these don't grow on trees. 

Let's take a look at why Tim Tebow will have the best rushing day of his 2012 season in Week 6 vs. the Indianapolis Colts.

 

Vulnerable Colts Defense

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Aaron Rodgers looked like Adrian Peterson vs. the Colts in Week 5.

Indianapolis boasts the NFL's seventh-worst rush defense through the season's first five weeks, allowing nearly 139 yards on the ground per game. Only four teams are surrendering more yards per carry than Indy in 2012. The Colts are giving up 4.7 yards per attempt this season—yikes.

In four games this season, the Minnesota Vikings are the only Colts' opponent not to record at least 100 yards rushing. Indy gave up 114 to Chicago in Week 1, 95 to Minnesota in Week 2, 185 to Jacksonville in Week 3 and 149 to Green Bay last weekend. Aaron Rodgers rushed for 57 yards against Indy.

Are you kidding me?

If Rodgers can average more than 11 yards per carry against the Colts, Tebow should lead the league in rushing after Week 6.

 

Low Expectations

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Tim Tebow is the Jets' most effective rusher in 2012, but he has just 14 rushes in five games entering Week 6.

Tebow's best rushing performance thus far in 2012 came in Week 2 at Pittsburgh when he rushed for a whopping 22 yards on one carry. He has 57 yards on 14 carries in five games, and is averaging 4.1 yards per carry, the highest average of any of Jets rusher this season. 

Now I see why Tony Sparano was fired by the Miami Dolphins last season.

Get this: Tebow is the only Jet with a run of 20 or more yards this season. That's not a misprint, a typo or a made up statistic to get back at the Jets for somehow making football hard to watch. Sadly, it's the truth. Pitiful.

So, if you're paying attention, all that Tebow has to do on Sunday is rush for at least 23 yards to turn out his best performance of 2012. Of course there are 10 regular season games still left to play after this weekend, but few that offer this kind of opportunity for Tebow's legs.

Week 14 at Jacksonville and Week 17 at Buffalo have the potential to become Tebow's best rushing days of the season, but will take an added effort away from home. The Colts are coming off a big win and incredibly vulnerable to the run.

 

Projection

Tebow carried the ball five times for 19 yards last Monday night against the Houston Texans. I think he gets two more carries on Sunday vs. Indianapolis, and makes them count for slightly more. Keeping the predictability factor in mind (defenses know that Tebow is going to run when he lines up at quarterback), I see him rushing for 30 yards on seven carries in Week 6. 

Nothing spectacular I know, but good enough to qualify for Tebow's best rushing day of the 2012 season. 

 

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