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Horse Tracks - Game Day Edition - 12-18-11

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Primed for the Patriots
When Tim Tebow thinks about the New England Patriots, he thinks about one of the NFL’s perennial contenders. "A team that has been one of the best in the league since I was pretty much in middle school," Tebow said.

Broncos-Patriots: Five Things to Watch
Five things to watch when the Broncos host the New England Patriots at Sports Authority Field here Sunday news: Upstart Broncos see Patriots as their best barometer yet
It will be much more than just another game for the upstart Denver Broncos on Sunday when the New England Patriots come to town.

Deion Branch will miss game against Broncos | ProFootballTalk
In a bit of a surprise on Saturday, the Patriots downgraded Deion Branch to out. He didn’t make the trip to Denver because of a groin injury.

New England Patriots vs Denver Broncos 12/18/2011 - AccuScore
The New England Patriots are a solid favorite with a 67% chance to beat the Denver Broncos.

Tim Tebow, and Keeping Religion Out of Football -
The Tim Tebow success story, puzzling to some and entertaining to most, seems to have one obvious drawback: the injection of religion. Or more specifically arguing over religion. news: Tebow urges suspended students to respect authority
When Tim Tebow heard about the Long Island students who were suspended for blocking their high-school hallway during a Tebowing session, the Broncos quarterback was quick to provide instruction: Follow the rules, young ones. news: Broncos' Fox not ready to talk about Tebow starting next season
Broncos coach John Fox, knee-deep in his game plan to topple Tom Brady and the Patriots on Sunday, is already fielding questions about next season.

Jesus Politely Requests Tim Tebow ‘Take It Down A Notch’ On SNL | Mediaite
It was the last sketch of the night, but Tim Tebow finally made his highly anticipated appearance,

Elway to finally work with Tebow - NFL - Rumors - FanNation
John Elway, who sits stoically at the stadium in his luxury suite upstairs, ultimately must decide if Tim Tebow is the future face of the franchise at quarterback.

Joe Posnanski " Posts Hollas and Tebow "
Not so many years ago, Chardon Jimmy and I would play ruthless, death-defying games of Strat-o-Matic football.

Steinberg: Tebow makes believers with heroics | Super Agent Leigh Steinberg
There is magic happening in the National Football League this season that can brighten all of our lives. A quarterback, who has a quirky delivery and is built like a fullback, has engineered a series of fourth-quarter comebacks that defy belief. Against all odds, Tim Tebow has played at an almost supernatural level when the game is on the line. If this was a movie, it would be unbelievable.

Krieger: Broncos' offense with Tim Tebow more versatile than given credit for - The Denver Post
"Everybody's got us pegged as whatever, a low-scoring team, but every one of these takes on a different personality," Broncos coach John Fox said Friday. "I can't predict what's going to happen, other than we'll adjust to what happens."

NFP Sunday Blitz | National Football Post
The evolution of NFL offenses will be on full display in Denver Sunday, where the spread option Broncos will take on the two tight end Patriots.

NFL Sunday: Five things to watch | National Football Post
1. Tebow vs. Belichick:

Four doctors in Congress push NFL, NFLPA on HGH | ProFootballTalk
The effort by Congress to compel the NFL and the NFLPA to follow through on their agreement to conduct HGH testing has petered out in recent weeks.

Football coaches could learn some things from |
I’m always expounding upon how the people, places and experiences we encounter over the course of our lives directly influence who we are and what we become.

Changing the Rules...
Hashmarks on an NFL field were introduced for a playoff game in 1932. There have been modifications to the distance they’ve been positioned from the sidelines over the years.

Two Minutes of Pro Football History: Yardage.

2012 NFL Draft early entrants - NFL -
It's that time of year, when players with pro dreams decide to leave college football behind early. Below is a full list of underclassmen who will enter the NFL Draft. The 2012 NFL Draft will take place on April 26-28.

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