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NFL Analysis: Broncos vs. Jets Kicks Off Thrilling Week 11

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It was the kind of street fight New York Jets Head Coach Rex Ryan and his players like.

A game of smash-mouth street ball, fit inside a stadium sitting 75-thousand fans. 20 carries for the opposition against a defense that prides itself on physical play and stopping the run.  But with a three point lead and that opposition 95 yards away from the winning score with less than six minutes to play, they got hit in the chops!  Denver Broncos signal-caller, the guy who can’t play on the NFL level, the quarterback that can’t throw against professional defenses, did it again.  Tim Tebow led his offense on a drive where he completed just three passes. But in true Tebow style, Denver ran the ball six times. 

The finale’ capped off the Broncos stampede down the field with a 20 yard scramble around an all-out Jets blitz.  Touchdown Tebow!  Four point Denver lead with under a minute to play.  Somehow the second-year quarterback did it again and beat the Jets at their own game. As the starter, he is now 4-1 and the Broncos have improved to 5-5 this season just a half a game, behind the Oakland Raiders in the AFC West. As you watched the game winning drive, you couldn’t help yourself root for the guy who’s never seemed to say a bad thing about anyone praises God and works as hard as any player on his team.  No doubt his Broncos teammates have bought in and after what happened to the Jets last night, they are certainly believers too, after they got Tebowed on national television.

As far as other storylines go in week eleven, you won’t find anything better than the Eagles – Giants match-up on Sunday night. New York already avenged that disastrous finish from last season, when they botched a three touchdown lead, in week three.  They handled the “Dream Team” 29-16 at Lincoln Financial Field. But now they can eat “eagle” instead of turkey for Thanksgiving!  With Philadelphia continuing to flounder at 3-6, the G-Men can permanently finish off their slim playoff chances by shooting down the birds at Met Life Stadium with a season sweep of their division rival. 

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You know the NFC East leading Giants are hoping Eagles starter Michael Vick plays with those two broken ribs. He hasn’t practiced so far this week and defensive end Justin Tuck and company would like nothing more than to make a “McRibb” sandwich out of the Eagles scrambling, daring, running quarterback.   But with Michael Vick in the line-up or not, Philly will have wide receiver DeSean Jackson back in the mix.  Jackson sat out The Eagles loss at home last week to the Arizona Cardinals as he was de-activated due to missing a meeting during the week. 

With Action-Jackson in the line-up, The Birds are 4-0 against the Giants. Philly will also try to get LeSean McCoy involved as much as possible.  He’s scored from scrimmage in nine straight games and leads the league in touchdowns with 12.  He also gained 128 yards in the first meeting between the two teams on September 25th. When New York has the ball the fundamentally unsound defense of the Eagles is going to be in a lot of trouble again. Giants quarterback Eli Manning continues to prove he is one of the league’s elite.  He holds the NFL’s second best fourth quarter passer rating of 116.5. He is fifth in the league in touchdown passes with 17 and has turned in consecutive four touchdown efforts against these very Eagles.

Expect Manning to let loose through the air.  New York’s number one running back Ahmad Bradshaw will miss a third straight game with a broken bone in his foot.  Back-up Brandon Jacobs has started in his place but the Giants running game is still the second worst in the entire NFC, gaining just 89.2 yards per game.  With Philly playing for it’s playoff life and the Giants needing to rally after losing at San Francisco last week, anything is possible in the Meadowlands on Sunday Night!

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