In Week 6, I may have chosen a game that was destined to be great. However, if you don’t live in the New York area, I didn’t think many people would really care to watch the New York Giants and Buffalo Bills. In the end, the game turned out to be a battle, and the Giants prevailed despite their injury depleted secondary—although Corey Webster would disagree on that point.
This week’s Ninja Game involves two teams with losing records, but there is hype surrounding the game already… I chose this particular Ninja Game because everyone is so busy talking about what the story is off the field, that they won’t be expecting an exciting game on the field.
And so, the Ninja Game of the Week is…
Denver Broncos at Miami Dolphins
Yes, it’s Tebow Time. And on Sunday, Landshark Stadium will be filled with Florida football fans who have been waiting for Tim Tebow to return. Yes, Tebow is part of the reason why this game will be fun to watch, but there is much more to this game than him.
1) Brandon Marshall is mad and he’s not going to take it anymore. Last week, Brandon Marshall could not get off Revis Island. Matt Moore threw to him so many times, especially in the endzone, but Marshall couldn’t catch the ball. Number 19 has had a subpar season so far, recording 28 receptions for 422 yards and 1 touchdown. But things are going to change this week! Playing against the league’s 22nd ranked pass defense, Marshall should have a big day and he should be a lot of fun to watch!
2) Oh yeah, the Dolphins are mad too. Well, wouldn’t you be if you were 0-6? Last week the Dolphins did a great job moving the ball on the Jets. What they couldn’t do was score. Now that Matt Moore is used to playing with the first team, there should be some chemistry on the field. Remember, he did lead the Carolina Panthers to 4 wins in their last 5 games back in 2009. The Dolphins are desperate for a win and I think they have a good chance of getting just that in Week 7.
3) What time is it? Tebow Time. I can’t imagine how many times the words “Tebow Time” will be uttered by the media this weekend, and I’m actually disappointed I’ve already used the phrase three times in this post. But when it comes to Tebow’s ability to play in the NFL, I haven’t drunk the Kool-Aid yet. Tebow’s numbers as a quarterback aren’t as stellar as people think… In his two years as a backup quarterback, Tebow has a 48.9 completion percentage, averaged 61.1 yards per game passing, and has an 84.2 QB rating. I think he’ll have a good game, considering he will be up against a defense that ranks 26th in the league.
4) Good thing Tebow has Brandon Lloyd to throw t—oh, wait. Now that the Broncos traded Brandon Lloyd to the St. Louis Rams, Eric Decker really needs to become a solid WR. So far he’s been great for the team, catching 22 receptions for 266 yards and 4 touchdowns. I’m very curious to see what’s going to happen in the Tebow-Decker era, but it should make for an interesting game. If their air attack gets shut down, the Broncos still have Willis McGahee, who’s rushed for almost 400 yards so far, and Tebow, who is a great running back in disguise.
When you’re watching the 1 o’clock games, remember there is more than just Tim Tebow returning to Florida. Obviously Tebow is an important part of this game, but there will be drama unfolding on the field for 60 minutes. Will the Dolphins win their first game? Can they move the ball down the field and actually score this week? Are the Broncos ready for the Tim Tebow and Brandon Lloyd-less era? THAT’s why you should watch this game.
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