The big story recently has been about Tim Tebow, the Denver Broncos and the new option offense that has been installed under John Fox. The Broncos ran the ball 50-plus times against the Kansas City Chiefs last week en route to another victory. Tim Tebow is 3-1 as a starter and has given hope to a lot of Denver fans.
Some think that Tebow and the offense is just a gimmick and will eventually go the way of the Wildcat and become extinct. I share this school of thought. However, I don't think it's on the endangered species list just yet. In fact, I think tonight's game might just be the highest point in its evolution.
The New York Jets travel to Denver to face the Broncos, who are riding a hot streak right now. As a bonus for the Broncos, they are getting the Jets on a Thursday after the New York team played a Sunday night game.
The Jets got home after midnight on Monday morning. Two days later, they had to travel across the country for a game on Thursday night. On top of that, the Jets are playing against an offense that hasn't been seen in the NFL for over half a century.
I am sure Rex Ryan has some choice words for the NFL's scheduling department right now.
Most people would agree that the Jets are a much better team. If they had a normal week to prepare and met on a neutral field and played 10 times, the Jets would win most of those games. However, as we know, that is not the case. The Jets are playing on the road, against a gimmick offense with virtually no time to prepare.
Good luck, Rex.
The oddsmakers are expecting the Jets to win by five or six. Usually, I'd agree with that. However, due to the interesting circumstances around this game, I might just put my money on the dogs.
Tim Tebow is known to be a winner, and with a nationally televised game and a winning streak behind him, tonight just may be Tim Tebow's Super Bowl. We all know Tebow shines on the big stage. This might just be his crowning achievement.
If the Broncos can establish the run and get some early points on the board, I think they can control the pace of the game. If they score on their first or second drive, I can see them winning or at least playing a very competitive game.
However, if the Broncos fail to score on their first couple of drives and the Jets are able to hit pay dirt, the Broncos will be playing catch up. The football fan in me wants to see that.
Tim Tebow trying to play from behind against the Jets D would be fun to watch. What's more, it would give us "Tebow-is-not-an-NFL-quarterback" believers enough game tape to prove—once and for all—that this guy does not belong.
I am sure that moment will come, and come soon. However, I am just not so sure, with all the surrounding circumstances, that it will come tonight.
Broncos win 23 to 20.
However, if there really is a football god, Jets win by 20.