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Before the Denver Broncos can officially move on to next Sunday's matchup against the divisional rival Chargers, every single soul in Denver must be asked their opinion on the 95-yard game-winning drive led by Tim Tebow that fueled the Broncos to a 17-13 win over the Jets on Thursday. Today, veteran cornerback Champ Bailey joined 102.3 The Ticket in Denver to talk about how it felt to watch Tebow engineer the drive from the sidelines
"Look, I can remember standing there with Dawkins and I can’t remember who else was standing there on the sideline, and we were just like ‘we can drive this ball down, eat up all this clock and they won’t have any time.’ I mean, nobody doubted that he would take us down there and score. We just hoped he’d get us seven points instead of three points. So they did what they had to do and everything they did looked good up to that point, and that’s what makes it special."
Bailey also said that he would have Tebow as his quarterback for the next five years if he were running the team. The entire interview can be found at Sports Radio Interviews.
New York Jets running back Shonn Greene left Thursday night's game against the Denver Broncos after what appeared to be a hit to the head, but the real injury turned out to be to his ribs. According to Bob Glauber of New York Newsday, X-rays on Greene's ribs revealed no fractures, a good sign that he will play next Sunday against the Buffalo Bills.
He left the game in the first half and went to the locker room to be checked out. He didn't return to the game, though he was on the sidelines, ready to play if Joe McKnight went down. Sort of sounds like last week when Willis McGahee said that he could have returned after a hamstring injury should an emergency taken place.
Greene had just three carries for 10 yards when he left. McKnight finished with 16 carries for 59 yards.
The Denver Broncos defeated the New York Jets, 17-13, on Thursday night. Tim Tebow capped a 95-yard touchdown drive that began with six minutes left in the game by running 20 yards for the score. Tebow took the snap and moved out of the pocket, bypassing Eric Smith. He kept running instead of going out of bounds and escaped the late arm tackle before entering the end zone.
Mark Sanchez had a chance to lead a comeback with less than a minute left in the game, but outside of a 25-yard pass on 4th-and-19 he didn't get much. Von Miller had sacked him on the previous play to reach 9.5 sacks on the season.
The Broncos are now 5-5 on the season.
The New York Jets took a 13-10 lead over the Denver Broncos with less than 10 minutes remaining in the game. The Broncos offense has continued to sputter. After being stopped at their own 21-yard line, the Broncos punted and left the Jets on their 31-yard line. Sanchez slowly worked the team up the field but had a big play of 14 yards when he connected with Joe McKnight.
However, the offense stalled at the Broncos' 27-yard line and had to settle for a field goal. Nick Folk narrowly put the ball through the uprights on a 45-yard attempt. The Broncos started the next drive on their own eight-yad line and have 9:19 left to mount a comeback.
New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez made his first real mistake of the game. He attempted a throw to Plaxico Burress, but Denver Broncos cornerback Andre Goodman had him pretty well covered. When Sanchez delivered the ball, Goodman got in front of Burress, caught the ball and took it to the end zone for a touchdown. The game is now tied at 10.
Goodman made a 26-yard return on that. It was Sanchez's third pick-six of the season.
The second half of this game has certainly turned into a much more exciting game, even though it has been a sloppy half at times: the fumble that led to the Jets touchdown and then this latest play.
The New York Jets didn't waste any time scoring in the second half. After receiving the ball and starting the drive at the 20-yard line, the Jets saw quarterback Mark Sanchez throw a 30-yard strike to Plaxico Burres to bring the ball to midfield. Sanchez found Burress on two more plays later in the drive before the team was on Denver's one-yard line.
Then this happened:
Rookie Bilal Poweel, playing in his first NFL game, couldn't make any forward progress and lost control of the ball (forced fumble credited to Von Miller). But the ball moved forward and right to offensive lineman Matt Slauson, who covered the ball for a touchdown. The Jets made the extra point and took a 10-3 lead.
The Denver Broncos and the New York Jets are deadlocked, 3-3, at halftime on Thursday Night Football. The Broncos have wasted three drives that started inside Jets territory and two that were close to midfield, but have seen their offense stall each time. Matt Prater's 37-yard field goal remains the only points the Broncos have put on the board.
The Jets saw Nick Folk kick a 21-yard field goal, but he missed two others. He missed a 51-yarder and then saw a 61-yard fall short as the first half ended.
The two teams have combined for 214 total yards, just 85 from the Broncos. Tim Tebow has completed 5-of-7 passes for 50 yards and has rushed just two times for 11 yards. The running game, overall, hasn't been able to do anything. After some exciting stuff on the opening drive of the game it has been quiet. Willis McGahee has eight rushes for 12 yards and one fumble (that led to the Jets' field goal).
As the first quarter neared its end, the Denver Broncos had the ball at their own 47-yard line. Tim Tebow had handed the ball off to Willis McGahee, who couldn't find any room to run. He got stuffed and was set to take a three-yard loss. But then Calvin Pace stripped the ball from McGahee, giving the Jets a short field to work with.
The Jets took over and marched up the field. Mark Sanchez had a key 13-yard pass to Santonio Holmes to bring the Jets to the 11-yard line. However, the drive stalled and the Jets had to settle for a field goal attempt. Nick Folk, who missed a 52-yard attempt on the previous drive, connected on the 21-yard attempt.
Thew New York Jets entered Thursday's game against the Denver Broncos thin at running back since LaDainian Tomlinson was declared out for the game. Now, starter Shonn Greene is out of the game. He took a hard hit to the head and picked up a rib injury.. After getting up under his own power and walking to the sideline, he went to the locker room to be looked at.
The Jets now have Joe McKnight as their featured back while rookie Bilal Powell, activated on the game day roster after Tomlinson was declared out, is his backup. The Jets could be in dire straits if Greene is unable to come back to the field.
The Broncos lead the Jets, 3-0.
After failing short on their first drive, the Denver Broncos didn't need to wait long to get the ball back. Von Miller and Elvis Dumervil sacked Mark Sanchez on third down, increasing Miller's sack total to 8-1/2. Then New York Jets punter T.J. Conley messed up his punt and the Broncos had the ball on the Jets' 34-yard line.
A second Broncos drive stalled after that, but head coach John Fox did attempt some trickery with a direct snap to Jeremiah Johnson. It didn't pick up any yards and left the Broncos to kick a field goal. Matt Prater connected on the 37-yard attempt.
Tim Tebow is 3-of-4 for 43 yards.
Surprising most everyone, the Denver Broncos opened up the game with a Tim Tebow pass, which turned into a 28-yard reception by receiver Demaryius Thomas. Tebow took a three-step drop and fired it down the left sideline for the big gain. It was the first of three completions he made on the drive. It ended with Tebow stuffed on 4th-and-1 inside Jets territory.
The running game has been multi-headed with Willis McGahee, Lance Ball and Jeremiah Johnson all receiving playing time on the drive. McGahee, who has a hamstring injury, dragged a few Jets on a third-down run for a first down. Ball was used effectively, especially when taking the shovel pass from Tebow. Johnson caught one of Tebow's other completions.
Wide receiver Eric Decker even attempted a deep pass to Demaryius Thomas in the end zone, but it fell incomplete.
Denver Broncos running back Willis McGahee will indeed play on Thursday night against the New York Jets. Lindsay Jones of the Denver Post reports that he is not 100 percent with his hamstring. This likely means that we will see Lance Ball receive a good number of shares, as well.
This is the second injury McGahee has suffered in less than a month. He broke his hand against the Miami Dolphins and missed one game before charging back with 163 rushing yards against the Oakland Raiders. He missed all but a few snaps of last weekend's victory over the Kansas City Chiefs.
Will McGahee have a big day or will that hamstring prevent him from helping the Broncos pick up the victory?
The Broncos and Jets have posted their inactives for Thursday night's game. Denver will be without the services of wide receiver Quan Cosby, defensive back Rafael Bush, fullback Quinn Johnson, guard Manny Ramirez, tackle Tony Hills, tight end Julius Thomas and defensive end Derrick Harvey.
Via New York's Twitter account comes word that quarterback Kevin O'Connell, wide receiver Jeremy Kerley, running back LaDainian Tomlinson, safety Brodney Pool, cornerback Ellis Lankster, tight end Shawn Nelson and defensive tackle Martin Tevaseu will not be available for the Jets tonight.
LaDainian Tomlinson was unable to practice for the Jets this week because of a knee injury. Kerley and Nelson also have been sidelined by injury, while Pool is dealing with an illness.
While he is listed as questionable and is a game-time decision for Thrusday's game against the New York Jets, Denver Broncos running back Willis McGahee is expected to play in the game, reports the NFL network's Jason La Canfora.
This seems to be a rosier outlook on the situation, but apparently the Broncos believe everything will be fine with McGahee when he takes the field for warmups. Lance Ball, who would start if McGahee is unable to go, will remain as his backup. But with the run-first offense that the Broncos have in place, expect Ball to also receive the ball numerous times.
The last thing thing the Broncos would like to see, though, is McGahee further aggravate the hamstring, so he'll need to be at 100 percent to play.
More expert picks continue to roll in for Week 11 matchups in the NFL, and the Denver Broncos have not seen a lot of support heading into their Thursday night game against the New York Jets. Vinnie Iyer of AOL's Sporting News has released his picks for Week 11, and is predicting the Broncos will fall to the Jets in his "Game of the Midweek." Here is his specific pick and analysis for the game:
The Broncos have been rolling with their option-like rushing offense the past two weeks, with Tim Tebow in the middle of the efforts. But those victories were against the inconsistent defenses of the Raiders and Chiefs. The Broncos won't be able to beat the Jets with a one-dimensional offense and a rare long throw. Darrelle Revis will easily take away Eric Decker, leaving the rest of the Jets' defenders to stack up against the run and come hard after Tebow. On the other side, Von Miller will try to rattle Mark Sanchez, but there should be plenty of opportunities for the Jets' quarterback to get the ball deep to Santonio Holmes and Jeremy Kerley.
Jets 27, Broncos 14.
The bad news for Broncos fans is that Iyer has been fairly accurate so far this year, going 96-50 in his picks for the season-to-date.
The Denver Broncos and Tim Tebow have made a habit of proving experts wrong the recent weeks, and once again the experts are predicting the Broncos will lose. This time, the experts have sided with Mark Sanchez and the New York Jets in the week 11 Thursday night matchup.
ESPN's panel has five experts who have made their picks for this week, and four out of the five expect the Broncos to fall to the Jets in prime time. The only dissenter was Seth Wickersham. Meanwhile, the three-man panel at Yahoo! has a 2-1 split in favor of the Jets, with Les Carpenter the only Broncos believer.
At this point, Thursday night's game is less than 12 hours away, so the Broncos won't have to wait much longer to try and prove the majority of experts wrong.
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The Denver Broncos are facing the New York Jets on Thursday night as they hope to win for the third time in four games, but the odds have only been moving in New York's direction since the spread opened with the Jets as 5-point favorites.
According to our partners over from Odds Shark, the spread for Thursday's game has been changed to have the Jets as 6.5-point favorites over the Broncos. Despite having nearly identical records, the Jets are only up a game on Denver, it's abundantly clear that the Jets are the superior team.
New York has one of the best defenses in the league, but the team has struggled against quality opponents. Their four losses have all come against quality teams in New England, Baltimore and Oakland, but they've also had a pretty difficult schedule so far. It wouldn't be surprising to see the Broncos offense struggle against a quality defense like the Jets' one. The current spread is set at 40 points, compared to when it opened at 42 points.
The Denver Broncos won't know running back Willis McGahee's status on Thursday until he takes warmups before kickoff against the New York Jets occurs. McGahee was listed as questionable on Wednesday after two days of limited participation in practice.
McGahee did miss one game due to a broken hand earlier in the season, but this hamstring injury could potentially be devastating if he aggravates it even further. Head coach John Fox didn't want to play McGahee with the broken hand unless he was absolutely certain that he could play at full capacity. Fox should take that same route this week.
Still, Lance Ball is ready to go and is likely to receive plenty of action with or without McGahee in the lineup. The Broncos' run-first offense with Tim Tebow at the helm dictates a preponderant running attack that requires multiple backs.
The Denver Broncos face the New York Jets on Thursday night as they hope to keep pace with the rest of the AFC West and continue a resurgent season.
The Denver Broncos have been proving the experts wrong for the last two weeks. First the Oakland Raiders are going to beat them. But they didn't. Oh, but the Kansas City Chiefs surely will. And they couldn't. Now, on Thursday, many experts are expecting the New York Jets to defeat the Broncos. Will Tim Tebow and the Broncos prove the experts wrong once again?
Over at CBSSports.com, four out of the five experts choose the Jets to defeat the Broncos on Thursday. Will Brinson is the only one to go against the trend there. But when the five of them pick against the spread, Dave Richard switches teams and joins Brinson in picking the Denver Broncos. For Brinson, that obviously means he thinks the Broncos are going to win, while Richard thinks it will be a close enough game that the Broncos will spoil the points spread.
We're nearly 24 hours away from the game. Will others pick the Broncos?
The Denver Broncos announced the game statuses for their injured players on Wednesday, and only running back Willis McGahee is listed as questionable for Thursday night's contest against the New York Jets. This has been expected since Monday when he was listed as a limited participant in an imaginary practice.If McGahee is unable to go, Lance Ball will get the start and Jeremiah Johnson will receive carries just days after being promoted from the practice squad.
Ryan Clady, Chris Clark, Brian Dawkins, Cassius Vaughn, Wesley Woodyard and Julius Thomas are all probable for the game. Woodyard was held out of last week's game against the Kansas City Chiefs, as was Vaughn.There was never much doubt that any of these players would be unable to play against the Jets.
When the New York Jets face the Denver Broncos on Thursday night, they're going to be pretty far from full strength while doing so. Star cornerback Darrelle Revis practiced on Wednesday and is probable for the game, but running back LaDainian Tomlinson has officially been listed as out, as well as wide receiver Jeremy Kerley and tight end Shawn Nelson.
|Burress, Plaxico||WR||Low Back||LP||FP||FP||probable|
|Mauga, Josh||LB||Low back||FP||FP||FP||probable|
NFL coaches are notoriously secretive about the inner workings of their teams, so much so that nearly all of them cover their mouths when calling plays. Rarely does a reporter get the type of access that NFL.com's Jeff Darlington received when he was able to watch Denver Broncos head coach John Fox break down film of his new, Tim Tebow led offense. Fox has embraced some of the option concepts that Tebow ran under Urban Meyer at the University of Florida, and he seems to have a good reason for that, according to Fox:
Well, we don't have a passer. We have a runner. Not to say he can't pass at all, but we're recognizing his strengths
Although that might sound like something that you would think a team wouldn't want to admit, Fox embracing Tebow's skill set has the Broncos in a dead heat for the AFC West title. And, of course, video never lies, anyway.
The Denver Broncos might need to go with Lance Ball at running back against the New York Jets on Thursday night. After Tuesday's practice, it appears that Willis McGahee will have a tough time seeing the field with his hamstring injury. McGahee was limited in practice on Tuesday, taking part in drills and stretches before doing little else during the media session. He was later listed as a limited participant on the team's official injury report. Lindsay Jones of the Denver Post terms McGahee's status as "iffy."
Ball took over for McGahee and Knowshon Moreno (lost to a torn ACL) and had 30 carries for 96 yards. The team will stick with its run-first mentality with either Ball or McGahee as the starter. Jeremiah Johnson, recently signed from the practice squad, is likely to get some carries in this offense.
The New York Jets' injury report is long, but it isn't filled with many players who will miss Thursday's game against the Denver Broncos. The only Jets player listed as out for the game is safety Brodney Pool.
LaDainian Tomlinson remains the biggest question mark on the roster. He didn't practice on Tuesday, but head coach Rex Ryan hasn't officially ruled him out yet. If he travels with the team on Wednesday, he will be a game-time decision on Thursday night. Wide receiver Jeremy Kerley and Patrick Turner also failed to practice on Tuesday and former Bronco practice squad player Eron Riley could be part of the receiving corps should either be unable to go.
Cornerback Darrelle Revis made an appearance on the injury list with a knee injury. Outside of Shawn Nelson, who didn't practice on Tuesday, everyone else on the injury report either stayed at full practice or moved up to that level.
|Plaxico Burress||WR||Low Back||LP||FP|
|Josh Mauga||LB||Low back||FP||FP|
The Denver Broncos released their official injury report on Tuesday and it is mostly good news for the team. Tackles Ryan Clady and Chris Clark were full participants, as were tight end Julius Thomas, cornerback Cassius Vaughn and linebacker Wesley Woodyard.
Only safety Brian Dawkins and Willis McGahee stayed as limited participants during Tuesday's practice. McGahee is the biggest question entering Thursday night's game against the New York Jets, but he does want to play and will do whatever it takes to be in there. He's been playing with a surgically repaired hand the last few weeks.
The Denver Broncos and the New York Jets have just a few days to get ready for their Thursday night contest in Denver this week. The Broncos enter this contest on a two-game winning streak, but they are home underdogs to the Jets, who just lost to the Patriots, 37-16. Odds Shark had the line open at five points in favor of the Jets, which has stayed fairly consistent. However, two odds makers have either dropped the line by half of a point or increased it by that much.
The over/under for the game opened at 42-1/2 points, but it has shifted to 40-1/2 points. The Broncos scored 38 points in a victory over the Oakland Raiders but then had just 17 against the Kansas City Chiefs. With the Broncos offense dependent on how well they can run the ball and if Tim Tebow can throw the ball, points are feast or famine each week.
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It appears that the New York Jets will be without running back LaDainian Tomlinson for Thursday night's game against the Denver Broncos, reports Manish Mehta of the NY Daily News. Tomlinson had an MRI on Monday that revealed an MCL sprain that he suffered in Sunday night's loss to the New England Patriots.
Tomlinson hasn't been officially declared out, but it appears unlikely that he will travel with the team on Wednesday to Denver. As a result, the team will use Joe McKnights as Shonn Greene's backup and activate rookie Bilal Powell to take over the third spot on the depth chart.
Back in his days with the San Diego Chargers, Tomlinson had gained 1,540 yards on the ground in 19 games against the Broncos. Could he have been able to be a game-changer in this game?
The official Denver Broncos blog reports that all member of the Broncos roster pariticipated in today's practice:
Linebacker Wesley Woodyard and cornerback Cassius Vaughn were also present at the beginning of practice on Tuesday — both were inactive on Sunday with knee and hamstring injuries, respectively. Every player on the roster participated in practice on Tuesday.
The Broncos also reported that starting running back Willis McGahee is back at practice though limited. Unfortunately for the Broncos, RB Knowshon Moreno is no longer on the roster because his recently torn ACL.
Linebacker Wesley Woodyard would be sorely missed in the Broncos Thursday night matchup against the New York Jets, as Woodyard's unique combination of speed and coverage abilities makes him a capable nickle linebacker. If Woodyard misses the Jets game, the Broncos will again need to shuffle their defensive depth chart.
@PostBroncos: Willis McGahee is practicing today. #Broncos
Unfortunately for Broncos fans, Jones was not done:
@PostBroncos: McGahee did warm ups and stretching. But he no longer is wearing helmet as teammates go through individual drills. #Broncos
McGahee, who is the Broncos' leading rusher in 2011, has 460 rushing yards on the year, averaging 4.4 yards per carry. Earlier this week, the Broncos learned that backup running back, Knowshon Moreno, would miss the remainder of the season with an ACL tear.
The Moreno injury has put further weight on McGahee's shoulders as the team, which now stands at 4-5, fights to separate itself in the AFC West standings.
New York Jets running back LaDainian Tomlinson underwent an MRI on Monday after suffering a knee injury late in Sunday's 37-16 loss to the New England Patriots. The results failed to show any major damage, reports Manish Mehta of the NY Daily News. His MCL is "stretched," but the injury is not expected to impact him in the long term.
However, Mehta also reports that Tomlinson is likely to sit out of practice on Tuesday and is questionable to play on Thursday against the Denver Broncos. The short turnaround between Sunday and Thursday will make it a tough decision on whether Tomlinson will play.
If Tomlinson is unable to go, Joe McKnight is in position to take over as Shonn Greene's backup and third-down replacement.
The Denver Broncos and the New York Jets play on Thursday night, but the Jets could be without running back LaDainian Tomlinson after a Sunday night knee injury.
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