Broncos Top Jets Behind Tim Tebow Touchdown Run, 17-13
Thursday Night Football was a bit of a bore for the first 30 minutes. The New York Jets and the Denver Broncos went into halftime tied at three, with both defenses playing very well, and forcing three and outs.
The second half, it was a battle of the defenses again, this time trying to score. Rookie Bilal Powell fumbled on the 1-yard line, which Von Miller forced, but to the Jets advantage, Matt Slauson jumped on it for the touchdown.
It wasn’t but three drives later that Mark Sanchez threw an interception right into the hands of Andre Goodman, which was returned for a touchdown.
The Jets added a field goal in the fourth quarter, and then with 5:54 left in the game, Tim Tebow led a 95-yard game-winning drive, that ended with a touchdown run of 20 yards by Tebow.
The Jets did a Cover 0, full-on middle blitz, and Tebow just ran it outside for a 20-yard scamper, breaking an Eric Smith arm tackle, almost as if we were playing a video game.
That sealed the Jets fate as :58 seconds just wasn’t enough time for them to make a comeback as Denver held them off 17-13.
Here are five things we learned about this game, however:
1. Tim Tebow Can Beat Good Teams
Perhaps I shouldn’t say good teams, but good defenses. The Jets offense is quite laughable at times.
The newest argument about Tebow is that he can’t beat a good team (defense), and he proved that he can lead an offense against a very solid defense, even one that features Darrelle Revis and a tough Jets secondary.
Tebow faced Miami, Detroit, Oakland, and Kansas City, with his only loss in that span being Detroit, who’s defense has improved.
This win suggests that Tebow can play with the big boys, and while it may be ugly as sin, he can still get it done.
2. Joe McKnight Needs More Touches
So what if he had to take a pay cut to come to the NFL (thanks Bart Scott!), the guy can make plays, and is elusive in the open field.
McKnight only had 59 yards rushing in Shonn Greene’s exit, but he also had 62 yards receiving on six receptions.
If given an opportunity, McKnight can make plays. Did I mention he’s one heck of a kick returner as well?
3. Von Miller Is the Defensive Rookie of the Year
Going into Week 11′s match-up against the New York Jets, Miller already recorded 38 tackles and eight sacks.
He added another 1.5 sacks today, and a forced fumble, bringing his total up to three forced fumbles for the year.
Miller is the real deal, and those thinking that Denver should have went for a quarterback in the 2011 NFL Draft need to get off the juice.
4. Mark Sanchez is Mediocre at Best
Excuse the slight alliteration, but watching Sanchez is somewhat painful.
I know that Tebow doesn’t look good when he’s making plays, but at least he’s making plays and winning football games.
Sanchez is still a dink and dunk quarterback, although I will give him credit as he has improved his overall yards per attempt.
But you can’t complete 56% of your passes and have a mediocre YPA and expect to win games.
5. The Jets Need a Running Game
Shonn Greene has been decent, but he’s not a game changing running back, and he can’t even get to 4.0 yards per carry.
When he’s not healthy (leaving early with rib injury), the Jets running game will suffer even more, and we saw this even more since LaDainian Tomlinson was forced to sit out as well.
I know I said that Joe McKnight needs more touches, but it will take more than him to get an established running game going.
Perhaps if they could move the football on the ground, Sanchez could complete more passes and stop turning the ball over. It’s not likely, but it’s possible.