When the Denver Broncos face the New England Patriots this Sunday, it will be more than just a matchup of two teams leading their respective divisions; it will be a clash of eras. Representing the past: Tim Tebow, a throw-back quarterback that uses his legs and intangibles to move the chains. Representing the present: Tom Brady, the prototypical modern-day quarterback that uses his mind and a pinpoint accurate throwing arm to dissect defenses and rack up points.
Weeks ago, the thought of Tim Tebow orchestrating a win against Tom Brady would have been laughable. Oh how times have changed. Though the odds-makers have the Broncos penciled in as 6-point underdogs, many so-called experts have them winning this weekend. Still, others have significant doubts as to how Denver will do it, considering Brady's prowess for scoring points and Tebow's propensity for putting up zeros during the first three quarters of games.
How Tebow Will Beat Brady
By Ronald J. Bushwell
Although Tom Brady has played well this season, he's also struggled at times. When he faces speedy pass rushers that can apply heat; he looks hurried and somewhat off-the-mark. Facing Elvis Dumervil and Von Miller, Brady will be forced to rush through his progressions. Although he and the Patriots will score points; they won't be as productive as they've been in recent weeks, especially with temperatures in the low 30s. With Tebow consistently averaging 4- to 6-yards per carry, Brady will find himself sitting on the bench for most of the game, his muscles stiffening, his spirit deflating as each second ticks by.
New England is abysmal on the other side of the ball. Ranking dead-last in the NFL in yards allowed, this unit looks confused much of the time. The last time Tebow faced a secondary that consistently had as many breakdowns in coverage (Minnesota Vikings), he took advantage. Expect the same, this weekend when the Broncos win 20-16.
How Brady Will Beat Tebow
By Ryan Lawrence
The past few weeks have seen delusional Tebow fans flex and strut; while die-hard critics, such as Merril Hoge and Trent Dilfer, have been forced to apologize for being big 'ole meanies. Though some would have you believe Tebow is the next big thing; in reality, he hasn't done anything except fall backward into a hot mess of good fortune.
Averaging about 10 to 17 points-per-game, the Denver offense is pretty terrible, contrary to what Tebow supporters want you to believe. It can't get first downs; it can't consistently get touchdowns; it canít move the ball through the air. What it can do is run, and with New England's 32nd-ranked defense coming to town, many want you to think the stage is set for a 200-plus-yard rushing effort. Not so fast.
Though the Patriots defense has struggled, it's been against teams that throw. New England's defense does in fact rank last in the league; however, it's 12th versus the run. Against Aaron Rodgers and Drew Brees, it has no chance. Against Tim Tebow and the Broncos, it will excel.
Make no mistake: the Patriots will leave guys running wide open in the secondary. Unfortunately, Tebow won't be able to find them; and with Brady scoring upwards of 27 to 34 points, he'll have no choice but to try.
Denver was able to run a huge percentage of the time when playing Chicago, Kansas City, Miami and the New York Jets, which all feature anemic offenses of their own. With Brady and the Patriots scoring at will, the Broncos will actually have to throw. Unfortunately, they'll need a quarterback to do this, and they just donít have one Ė though they will have a darn good fullback or tight end, when Elway and the fans finally wise up and draft someone who can make a forward pass.