NFL Week 13 Picks

Guess what I'm going to be talking about
Every year we talk about how the league has changed from a primarily rum/defensive league to a pass happy, light up the scoreboard and we’ll see what happens when the dust settles sort of league. Having an elite quarterback seems to be a must to win in today’s NFL on a consistent basis. That being said, is there any wonder why three of the favorite teams to make a championship run have these QBs?

  • Brees – 3689 Yds, 70.2% Comp, 27 TDs, 11 Ints
  • Rodgers – 3475 Yds, 71.8% Comp, 33 TDs, 4 Ints
  • Brady – 3627 Yds, 65.8% Comp, 28 TDs, 10 Ints

The level of play we are seeing out of these guys is almost mind boggling, and the way that today’s elite quarterback runs his offense is as beautiful a thing that there is to see in sports.

Which brings me to Tim Tebow. Much has been said about Tebow’s 5-1 stretch as the starting quarterback of the Denver Broncos. Some will tell you to ignore his stats because what he does is beyond the box score.

But just for the hell of it, let’s take a look at those numbers anyway.

6 games started, 852 Yds Passing, 455 Yds Rushing, 45.5% Comp, 8 TDs Passing, 3 TDs Rushing, 1 Int, 5 Fumbles

By almost any statistical measure Tim Tebow is a sub par quarterback, but as runningback/quarterback hybrid his results have been intriguing to say the least. Tebow is succeeding in the same way that the Dolphins got success out of running the Wildcat a couple of years ago. The Broncos average a league leading 159.7 Yds/game rushing, they rarely turn the ball over and force teams to play into what has been their strengh lately – their defense.

If you want to lavish praise on somebody for Denver’s recent success it should be rookie linebacker Von Miller, who has 57 tackles,10.5 sacks and two forced fumbles this season, is undoubtedly the defensive rookie of the year and should be in the running for defensive player of the year.

Outside of their week 15 game against the Patriots, the Bronco’s have very winnable match-ups the rest of the season. It’s not that far of a stretch to say that Denver has at least a punchers chance of winning the AFC West and making the playoffs. If you are getting tired of “Tebowmania” you may want to start watching a different sport.

May I suggest the NBA. It starts in 23 days and is pretty great.

Justin’s Picks
STEELERS -6.5 over Bengals
Ravens -6.5 over BROWNS
Lions +9 over SAINTS
Cowboys -4.5 over CARDINALS
Packers -7 over GIANTS

Chad’s Picks
Titans +1.5 over BILLS
BEARS -7 over Chiefs
Cowboys -4.5 over CARDINALS
Panthers +3.5 over BUCCANEERS
Broncos +1.5 over VIKINGS

Last Week
Justin: 3-1-1
Chad: 2-3 (What I was told, and since we are not betting anything this year I’ll allow it.)

Season
Justin: 32-25-3
Chad: 26-30-4

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