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WEEK 11 BY THE NUMBERS: Tim Tebow, our offense, The Drive AJE and More!

 

A win is a win is a win, and oh man, what a win!!!  Revis and the Jets defense sure backed up their talk until the last Bronco drive.  Until then, the broncos had amassed 3 offensive points and just 130 total yards.  Our offense started in their territory three times, but only got a FG out of their field position.  Before we get to the overall game stats, here are the ones that are most important:

-After starting 1-4 and winning only 12 times in the last 2+years before that, the Broncos are now 5-5, half a game out of the lead for the AFC WEST (go Bears, Vikings, Patriots against our rivals this weekend!), and have their first 3-game winning streak since early 2009. 

-Tebow is 4-1 as a starter this year, 5-3 overall in his first eight starts.

-Four out of Tebow’s five wins have been when the team has been trailing or tied in the 4th quarter.

-Tebow has now led three-game winning drives in the 4th quarter.

-The defense hit the Jets in the mouth all game forcing a pick 6, special teams kept the field position through great kicking and returns, the offense scored when it needed to.  This was a COMPLETE TEAM VICTORY!!!!  I really love when all three phases are contributing!!!

The Drive A.J.E.

The drive After John Elway.  Okay, before some of you get upset, I’m not comparing the game winning drive last night to the Cleveland drive for the AFC Championship.  That one got us to the Super Bowl, this one got us to 5-5.  But going 95 yards for the game winning score against a defense that is stout, disciplined, and nasty, is nothing to scoff at.  Let’s take a look at how our offense produced during that drive:

12 plays 95 yards 4:48 off the clock

3/5 35 yards passing

7 rushes 60 yards

Yeah almost double the yardage rushing/scrambling on that drive, pretty insane.  All looks came out of the Empty spread 3WR/2TE look with one of the TE usually staying in to block. 

When our team needed a drive, we sure as heck got one, and all but 3 rushing yards were Tebow’s on that drive.  In other words, the guy led this drive and made the plays.  There were two plays that stood out (not the Revis truck moment, but that was cool too!).  The first was the 18-yd pass to Donte Rosario on 2nd and 10 from the Jets 44.  This got us a new set of downs and put us into FG range.  The second was the 20 yard TD by Tim Tebow, here is what he had to say about it:

“Well I think that was the 2nd time in the game they had blitzed everybody against us and they were playing the corners you know pretty far off and we were running like a three-verticle concept against them.  And you know I knew we were in FG range and I didn’t necessarily just want to throw up a jump ball because they were playing so far off and so when I knew they were blitzing everybody and I saw I think Jim Leonard coming off the left side you know at first we audibled to max protection…once he came tight…so I just believed that a Tackle or a TE were gonna get the block and that I could try to hopefully outrun him to the edge and you know Thank The Lord I was able to do so”

For those of you who say that Tim cannot read defenses:  Get Over It.  He has the capability, and on this play knew exactly what was coming and from there adjusted the protection and trusted his ability to make a play.  Yeah he ran it in, I suppose some of you will say “the next step is to get a check down/hot receiver on a hot route blah blah blah”.  I hope he’ll do this at somepoint as well.  But the kid can read a defense and is just using what he trusts to make a play:  his legs.  Way to go Timmy!!!

So with those things outta the way, here are the final stats for the game, not pretty, but remember:

A WIN, IS A WIN, IS A WIN

I sure felt great as Timmy scampered in!

TEBOW/3RD DOWN CONVERSIONS/OFFENSIVE OUTPUT

QUARTER

RUSH

RUSH YDS

RUSH

TD

COMP

ATT

%

PASS

YDS

PASS

TD

FUMB

LOST

INT

SACKS/YDS

1

0

0

0

3

4

75

43

---

---

---

---

2

2

11

0

2

3

66

7

0

0

0

1/0

3

0

0

0

1

8

13

19

0

0

0

0/0

4

6

57

1

3

5

60

35

0

0

0

0/0

TOTALS

8

68

1

9

20

45

104

0

0

0

1/0

QUARTER

3RD

DOWN

 CONV

3RD DOWN %

3RD DOWN AVC

PENALTIES

PENALTY YARDS

POINTS

1

1/3

33

6.7

0

0

3

2

0/3

0

9.0

0

0

0

3

0/4

0

8.8

1

5

0

4

2/3

66

2.3

0

0

7

TOTALS

3/13

23

6.7

1

5

10

QUARTER

TOTAL PLAYS

0 OR NEGATIVE

1-4

5-9

10+

RUNS

RUN

YDS

RUN AVG

PASSES

PASS

YDS

PASS AVG

1

17

5

6

4

2

12

36

3.0

5

43

8.6

2

9

5

2

2

0

5

3

0.6

3 (sack)

7

2.3

3

15

9

3

1

2

7

22

3.1

8

19

2.4

4

15

3

4

5

3

10

64

6.3

5

35

7.0

TOTALS

56

22

15

12

7

34

125

3.7

21(sack)

104

4.95

 

-          Beyond the first drive, and especially the 2nd and 3rd quarter, there were slim pickings for our offense.  Through the 3rd quarter, our offense was 1-10 on 3rd downs. 

-          Overall, the 3rd down AVC was a 6.7 average which means that our 3rd downs are becoming more manageable by and large.  One of the reasons for this? Only one offensive penalty in the game.  

-          Out of 24 plays in the 2nd and 3rd quarters combined, there were 14 plays that went for zero or negative yardage.  Completely unacceptable----8 of these plays come from Tim Tebow imcompletions which we can see that 3rd quarter was brutal for him as well as our entire offense. 

-          There was more of a balance between the run and the pass this week, the ratio/% of run to pass was about 3-2 or 60-40.  This is probably the best balance to look for going forward.  Tim is still a young QB working on his passing game, so let him do what he does best as he improves:  run.

-          Only 56 offensive plays suggests what we all saw, their defense was good, we weren’t sustaining drives. 

-          Until the final drive, here was the running attempts and breakdown by direction:

Runs to the Left:  8 for 7 yards .88 ypc

Runs up the Middle:  11 for 32 yards 2.9 ypc

Runs to the Right: 7 for 29 yards 4.1 ypc

I know most of us were frustrated late in the game running up the middle (especially when NFL Network pointed out that 3NT were playing the line), but it was slim pickings everywhere.  The only thing I’ll say is that running behind Kuper and Franklin is our best bet when all else fails. 

That’s all I have for now, I’ve said it once, I’ll say it again:

Tim Tebow is gonna be one scary dude to face once his passing effectiveness improves

A WIN, IS A WIN, IS A WIN----last year these guys beat us

GO BRONCOS!!!

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