When was the last time a matchup between a 1-4 team and an 0-5 team garnered as much buzz as this weekend's Broncos-Dolphins tilt (Sunday 1pm, CBS)?
I can't think of one.
Usually this is the type of game that's only watched by the truest of diehards of either team, but due to some outside circumstances, this game will be watched by many an NFL fan.
On Denver's side, you have Tebow's first start of the year. With it being Gator day at Sun Life Stadium (home of the University of Miami Hurricanes as well as the Miami Dolphins), Tebow will have a crowd where even some of the Dolfans in attendance will be supportive of him.
I don't have to tell you why, but I will. Gators fans want to see Tebow succeed in the NFL. He's the most popular player to come out of the University of Florida (and likely the most popular player among his alumni base to come out of any University) and with the vast number of Gators fans expected to be in attendance on Sunday, Tebow might at times feel like he's playing in the Swamp against LSU or 'Bama.
Did I say LSU or 'Bama? Sorry, I meant Louisiana-Lafayette or Alabama-Birmingham. The Miami Dolphins have been so terrible this year that, well, this slideshow made up of videos from frustrated fans speaks for itself. As well as the ever-growing "Suck For Luck" movement amongst Dolphins fans that infuriates players such as Karlos Dansby and Jason Taylor.
This game is a must-win for Miami because even their owner, Stephen Ross, pretty much said so. According to the Miami Herald, there's a good possibility that if the Dolphins lose on Sunday, Sparano could be fired.
Sparano's biggest asset though, is the fact that the players believe in him. If they do, they're going to have to step it up against the Broncos.
Now, I could very well have made this "52 Dolphins Who Must Step Up on Sunday" but you don't have time to really read that. But there are five players that, if they show up to play, will lead the Dolphins to a victory.