It's Week 9 and the Denver Broncos have suffered their second devastating loss to the NFC North.
This Week they're on the road to face their biggest division rival, the same team that contributed to Kyle Orton's demotion earlier this year—the Oakland Raiders.
The Raiders are planning their first start of their overpriced trade deadline acquisition Carson Palmer.
Palmer may have struggled before Oakland's bye week against Kansas City, but he came out after just three days of practice with his new system and after being off for the entire season.
When Palmer takes his first start with Oakland at home this week, he may not play like a superstar, but he'll do more than enough to win against Denver's porous defense.
Many have speculated that Tim Tebow will have his best chance of this season to score his second win of the year against Oakland's defense—and these predictions will be incorrect.
Tebow can't seem to stay out of the arms of the opposing defense, and he'll do no better against a Raiders front four that's faster and stronger than the last two he's faced.
Ndamukong Suh is one heck of a player, but the Raiders front four together will play much more havoc against a Denver offensive line that's seemed to miss some of it's basic instincts in the previous weeks.
So far Tebow has been sacked 13 times in his two starts in 2011. Expect this total to rise again on Sunday.
Look out Jay Cutler, there's a young QB in Denver gunning for your record.
Another new trend in the sports speculation world is the sudden comparison of Tebow to all-time Broncos great and current VP of Football Operations John Elway.
Yeah, we get it folks.
John Elway didn't have a great first year.
But before he had a poor year with Denver, he played absolutely terrific football for Stanford, and displayed an amazing ability to not only run with the ball, but play from the pocket and complete pass-after-pass-after-pass to his wide receiving corps.
Maybe in 10 years we can start an honest comparison between Tebow and first-ballot Hall-of-Famers.
Until then, let's let Elway and the other QB greats be and let Tebow prove to us that he's worth consideration in a comparison to anyone better than Ryan Leaf.
Week 9 will contribute even further to Tebow's criticism, and that of the entire Broncos football team.