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Early deficit could be hard for Jets or Broncos to overcome

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As the Jets prepare to face the Denver Broncos, the question becomes whether the Jets will be able to solve the T-bone offense.

Most think that coach Rex Ryan, even on a short week, will be able to come up with a scheme for shutting down a run-based offense that somehow has steamrolled the Raiders and Chiefs in successive weeks.  But as Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News pointed out during a Thursday visit to PFT Live, the best way to beat the Broncos will be to build a big lead early, forcing them away from their 55-to-8 run-pass ratio.

If/when quarterback Tim Tebow is compelled to throw the ball, tonight’s contest could look a lot like the last Broncos game played in Denver, which the Lions won easily, 45-10.

Of course, that concept cuts both ways.  If the Broncos can build an early lead, the Jets will be nudged away from “ground and pound,” giving Elvis Dumervil and Von Miller an opportunity to pound Mark Sanchez into the ground.

That’s why the smart move for the Broncos could be to unleash Air Timmy early, using play-action passes against a defense that presumes the Broncos will continue the cloud-of-dust approach to moving the chains.

Though the final two or three quarters could end up being pretty boring, the chance of either team scoring an early knockout could make the first quarter or two well worth the price of admission.

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26 Responses to “Early deficit could be hard for Jets or Broncos to overcome”
  1. weepingjebus says: Nov 17, 2011 5:57 PM

    I’ll assume Broncos fans will have the “You’re no Belichick” chants lined up.

  2. melikefootball says: Nov 17, 2011 5:59 PM

    It is interesting that how the game is promoted tonight is…Will Tebo win?? I guess the other 52 players don’t count…not will the Broncos win.

  3. mvpolamalu says: Nov 17, 2011 6:05 PM

    Tebows only good when hes down though

  4. Stiller43 says: Nov 17, 2011 6:05 PM

    A good way to beat a team is to build a big lead early?!!

    I hope my teams coaches are listening!!

  5. klastima99 says: Nov 17, 2011 6:06 PM

    Like “rock, paper, scissors” – T-Bone beats blubber (Rex) and dumb (Sanchez)

  6. stairwayto7 says: Nov 17, 2011 6:11 PM

    First Denver play should be a fake handoff and go deep!

  7. jnbnet says: Nov 17, 2011 6:11 PM

    So let me get this straight. You’re saying that the team that has the lead has a better chance of winning. WOW!!!

  8. chocolatebaconbutter says: Nov 17, 2011 6:12 PM

    C’mon melikefootball. No one is tuning in to see Willis McGahee or Eric Decker. People want to see Tebow. They’re marketing what people want to see.

  9. blackdonnelly says: Nov 17, 2011 6:16 PM

    Bah. The Donks have every chance to win this game (but probably won’t) For one, the Nyets are coming off a brutal loss on Sunday night, and haven’t had time to study a 50 year old offensive scheme, and I highly doubt Rex and the boys are used to playing at 5280 ft above sea level.

    So, Fox and Tebow can expose to the world one more time what they are capable (and not capable) of: running an ancient offense from years ago suited for a QB who in reality is nothing more than a glorified TE.

    I don’t like the Broncos, but I like the Jets even less.

    Go Raiders!!!!

  10. ampats says: Nov 17, 2011 6:17 PM

    Looking forward to seeing Rex Ryan throw his headset down tonight.

    New England is part of Tebow Country tonight.

  11. jakek2 says: Nov 17, 2011 6:21 PM

    This game is going to be refreshingly great. Two teams that can’t throw and heavily rely on the ground game. I can’t wait for tonight!

  12. illiniftw says: Nov 17, 2011 6:22 PM

    55-8 run to pass? The anti-Martz offense! I wonder what Martz would do if he had Tebow as his only QB?

  13. marcuswelby70 says: Nov 17, 2011 6:26 PM

    If the Jets somehow cough this one up tonight, their season is toast!

  14. wetpaperbag3 says: Nov 17, 2011 6:27 PM

    Hopefully, the Bear defense will put an end to Tebow and that gimmick running offense. It’s sad that as much as Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees, and Andy Dalton get credit for winning and being very good QB’s, Tebow (in the same breath) is getting attention for winning but is being absolutely garbage at playing QB. John Fox is doing Tebow and the NFL a dis-service.

  15. trbowman says: Nov 17, 2011 6:28 PM

    Tebow completed just two passes against the CHIEFS.

    The Jets are a superior defense, so…..

    It could get ugly. Obviously they’re going to try to force him to throw it. It won’t be pretty.

  16. rando74 says: Nov 17, 2011 6:30 PM

    Im tellin you right now, if the Jets pass do so at their own risk cause Elvis and V Miller are going to put more than a few dirt drops on Sanchez. He gon’ b hurtin I promise you that.

  17. earthtopft says: Nov 17, 2011 6:35 PM

    Tim Tebow is The Answer, silly.

  18. cannonballdookie says: Nov 17, 2011 6:58 PM

    wetpaperbag3 says: Nov 17, 2011 6:27 PM

    Hopefully, the Bear defense will put an end to Tebow and that gimmick running offense. It’s sad that as much as Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees, and Andy Dalton get credit for winning and being very good QB’s, Tebow (in the same breath) is getting attention for winning but is being absolutely garbage at playing QB. John Fox is doing Tebow and the NFL a dis-service.
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    Yep, BSPN analysts and other uneducated fools love to throw every stat out the window and proclaim how Tebow just keeps winning! Let me know when he takes them to the playoffs, I’ll be waiting…

  19. rexismybff says: Nov 17, 2011 7:00 PM

    @blackdonnely – that “glorified tight end” whipped your team good last time around.

  20. mkporter says: Nov 17, 2011 7:15 PM

    The Jets had better put the Broncos away early if they want to win. Don’t let Timmy stick around in the fourth quarter, that’s when he turns into a good QB. Overall rating: 81.6 4th quarter rating: 109.9

  21. habsman says: Nov 17, 2011 7:22 PM

    This is just another game on the road to a third consecutive Super Bowl for the Jets. Whats that smell?

  22. Andre's Johnson says: Nov 17, 2011 7:41 PM

    This is awesome. In one corner you have self-proclaimed virgin Tim Tebow. In the other, you have the ass clown who has so many bastard children he can’t remember their names, Antonio Cromartie.

    It’s abstinence vs. lust! Restraint vs. indiscriminance! Holiness vs. horniness! Option runner vs. already done her!

    Can’t wait!

  23. edavidberg says: Nov 17, 2011 9:06 PM

    They need to get that referee that called Dawkins for a personal foul some medical attention. He shouldn’t be walking around let alone calling a game after apparantly having a serious stroke.

    In all seriousness, shouldn’t referees get fined for making calls that are just mind numbingly stupid?

  24. vikingprideforever says: Nov 17, 2011 9:39 PM

    what a painful game to watch

  25. rarson says: Nov 17, 2011 10:40 PM

    “Though the final two or three quarters could end up being pretty boring, the chance of either team scoring an early knockout could make the first quarter or two well worth the price of admission.”

    You had it backwards, Mike. After the first drive, this game has been a snore. Now, in the second half, it’s finally getting interesting.

  26. jumpinjoebuck says: Nov 18, 2011 12:08 AM

    When I clicked the headline I expected I’d be reading a story about Early Doucet.

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