Indianapolis Colts vs. NY Jets Preview: Tebow Expected To Get More Snaps Against Colts Porous Run Defense
Indianapolis Colts at New York JetsSunday, 1pm EDT, CBSNo matter which side you’re on in the Mark Sanchez/Tim Tebow quarterback debate, it’s clear that the rest of the New York Jets offense needs help.Expect Tim Tebow to get more snaps, but not necessarily because he’s the better quarterback. The Colts have given up 135.8 rushing yards per game, bad enough to be ranked 26th in the NFL. If the Jets want to exploit that weakness, look for Tebow more often, because they need all the rushing help they can get.Shonn Greene is getting hounded by the New York media for his underperformance as the Jets’ starting running back. Greene’s longest run in 2012 has gone for only 14 yards, and the only Jet who has rushed for a longer play is Tim Tebow.Colts running back Donald Brown has had a remarkably similar season compared to Greene’s. Both have one rushing touchdown this season, although Brown outgained Greene 239 yards to 217, and on fewer carries.
#15 Texas Vs. #13 OklahomaSaturday, Noon EDT, ABCIt’s a pretty good rivalry when both sides are in the Top 15 and it’s an “off year” for each team. This year’s Red River Rivalry, between Texas and Oklahoma, will not feature a Top 10 team for the first time since 1999. Texas hopes to avenge an embarrassing 55-17 loss during last year’s Oklahoma game, and to secure the Longhorns’ first win against the Sooners since 2009.The Oklahoma Sooners are three weeks removed from their loss to Kansas State on Sept. 22. Ranked as high as #4 going into this season, Oklahoma has been seen as a disappointment, even with just the one loss. Letting UTEP hang in there during their first game made voters think twice about placing Oklahoma above Oregon, and then the dominoes started to fall. Meanwhile, Texas started the season at #15, climbed as high as #9, and went back down after a 48-45 loss to West Virginia last week.
#5 Georgia at #6 South CarolinaSaturday, October 6, 7pm EDTWilliams-Brice Stadium, Columbia, SCThe SEC East and perhaps BCS title stakes could be on the line in South Carolina Saturday night, as the Gamecocks host the Bulldogs. The Southeastern Conference has dominated college football for the last decade, with the SEC claiming the last six titles. 2011 was the SEC West’s time to shine, with division rivals LSU and Alabama meeting each other in the national title game. While the Tigers and Crimson Tide are both in the Top 5, three SEC East Teams are in the AP Top 10: #5 Georgia, #6 South Carolina, and #10 Florida. And if Florida upsets #4 LSU this week, this game will be even more important to Georgia and South Carolina, as one claimant to a title shot would fall and another will rise.However, Michael Bennett’s torn ACL may at least partially derail Georgia’s title hopes. The Bulldog wide receiver injured himself in practice this Tuesday, and is out for the season.
Bruce Arians received one whale of a birthday present this week, as the Colts offensive coordinator became their interim head coach in the wake of Chuck Pagano’s leukemia diagnosis. While Pagano’s form of leukemia is treatable, he will be hospitalized for at least six to eight weeks, and has stated that he will probably be unable to coach the rest of the season.Arians, who will turn 60 this Wednesday, has previously been the offensive coordinator of the Cleveland Browns and Pittsburgh Steelers, and as WR coach and OC of Pittsburgh won rings for Super Bowls XL and XLIII. This week it was revealed that Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger was still using some of Arians’ old plays in the no-huddle offense. It was only about a week after Arians retired from the Steelers that he became the Colts’ OC.The Colts are in the midst of a rebuilding process, which takes some pressure off of Arians.
It has been almost eighteen years since a regular season NFL game has been played in the Los Angeles metropolitan area. Two competing organizations have been concurrently aiming to build stadiums in America’s second-largest media market, with L.A.’s city council approving construction of Farmers Field near the Staples Center this past week. The $1.5 billion stadium should be ready by 2016, and Roger Goodell may (reluctantly) allow a franchise to move to L.A. as soon as 2014.But when and if a modern NFL stadium is constructed, who will actually play there? With the Minnesota Vikings ready to stay in the Twin Cities, there are still several franchises who play in aging venues and in markets that struggle to keep the seats filled during bad times on and off the field. Here is a list of some of these teams, from those least likely to head to Los Angeles, to those who may already have their bags packed:Buffalo Bills: The Bills have a stable if not desirable future in and around their current city.