Whether you love him or loathe him, one thing’s for sure. If you’re a pro football fanatic, then you assuredly have an opinion on controversial former NFL quarterback Tim Tebow and whether or not the charismatic Christian will ever return to the NFL as a quarterback.
Well, I’m here to say that Tebow has played his last down in the NFL!
To back up my theory, I’ll go one step further and list the top five reasons why Tebow is toast as an NFL quarterback.
- Dude Can’t Throw
If you’ve ever seen Tebow play in an NFL game, then you already know that he has serious accuracy issues. I’ve got to call it like I see it and from where I’m sitting, Tebow couldn’t hit the broad side of a barn if he’s standing more than 15 yards away. This inability to throw into tight windows means that Tebow will always struggle in obvious passing situations or when pressure is applied when he’s in the pocket. The fact of the matter is that I’ve seen Texas teenagers with more accuracy than Tim Tebow.
- Lack of Arm Strength
Remember back in 2007 when JaMarcus Russell threw a ball 65 yards from his knees? Well, if Tim Tebow tried that, the ball might not travel six yards. Seriously though, Tebow really does lack NFL-caliber arm strength and it’s not because of his flawed mechanics. This reality means Tebow will never be able to complete the deep out pattern or similar patterns against tight coverage from an elite cornerback.
- Unwilling to Change Positions
At the time of this writing, Tebow reportedly has been unwilling to switch positions for NFL teams that might be willing to give the former Florida Gator great a chance to play another position. The fact of the matter is that I can see both sides of the argument having plenty of validity.
Tebow hasn’t looked the part of an NFL quarterback for the vast majority of his career, prompting many to suggest a switch to tight end or fullback mostly. I believe he could make it in the league at either position should he so choose, however, I can also see his point of view, which by the way, many others share.
Tebow has won as a quarterback at every level he’s played at, including at times, in the NFL. He believes he can succeed as a quarterback in the league and even with his many problems, I believe that Tebow is better than at least a half-dozen backups across the league and probably should have been given another opportunity by now.
- Too Much Controversy
Let’s be for real…Tim Tebow is a celebrity of the highest order. I mean hell, the guy has barely played the last two seasons and he’s far more popular than the majority of starting quarterbacks in numerous cities across the country.
Tebow’s popularity – and the legion of fans that follow him – are a major problem for some people. Many general managers don’t want to take the focus away from their teams and have a three ring circus kind of atmosphere surrounding their franchise. Tebow’s popularity – and more importantly – his outspoken faith as a Christian – makes him one of the most polarizing people on the face of the planet. If any team is going to sign Tebow, they had best be ready to deal with an ensuing onslaught of media members, likely on a weekly basis.
Having said that….if there’s one team in the league that could really use a shot of Tim Tebow, it’s the Jacksonville Jaguars. Not only is the team a complete and utter mess, but fans are staying away to such a degree that the team is trying to lure them in with promotions featuring things like free beer.
Signing Tebow, would immediately give the franchise a huge boost in publicity, not to mention the fact that, no matter how mediocre Tebow is as an NFL-caliber quarterback, he’s probably still better than anyone the Jags have on their roster.
- Just One Offensive System
Tebow’s lack of accuracy, arm strength and overall throwing ability practically limit him to playing in one offensive system – the read-option. Now, I know other quarterbacks like RG III, Colin Kaepernick, Russell Wilson and cam Newton are having success when they run these plays, but the fact of the matter is that all of their teams use the read-option as a small part of their overall offensive packages, not in totality. Not being able to lay in a more traditional offensive system hurts Tebow immensely.
It’s no coincidence – and clearly no passing fancy – that future Hall of Fame quarterbacks Peyton Manning, Drew Brees and let’s not forget, Tom Brady, have their Denver Broncos, New Orleans Saints and New England Patriots sitting amongst the top teams in the Week 5 NFL power rankings.
You see, the one age-old adage that says outstanding quarterback play will get your team everywhere is still just as true today as it ever was, if not more so in today’s pass-first times.
Pro football fans and NFL gridiron gamblers everywhere will see why quarterback performance is the No.1 driving force behind the top leaders in the Week 5 NFL power rankings.
- Seattle (4-0)
Okay, Russell Wilson hasn’t been outstanding often this season, but when you’ve got a defense like the Seahawks’, not to mention a cornerback like Richard Sherman, you don’t have to be.
- Denver (4-0)
I was tempted to put the high-scoring Broncos in the No.1 spot this week – then I remembered that I’ve seen this act before from Peyton Manning – and that defense still wins championships. Still, stopping Manning and the Broncos’ offense is an absolute nightmare as the Dallas Cowboys will find out in Week 5.
- New Orleans (4-0)
Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints look like legitimate Super Bowl title contenders at this point. Brees shredded Miami on Monday night to the tune of 30 of 39 passing for 413 yards and four touchdowns. More importantly, the Saints are actually playing some serious defense.
- Kansas City (4-0)
The Kansas City Chiefs are getting turnover-free football from now, impressive veteran signal-caller Alex Smith, myriad contributions from versatile running back Jamal Charles and gifted wideout Dwayne Bowe – all while shutting down their opponents’ offense like never before.
- New England (4-0)
No matter how much you hate the New England Patriots (and I sure do) they just won’t go away. Tom Brady just keeps making plays no matter who he’s throwing the ball to and the Pats’ defense is very sound, even if they don’t have the big-name star leading them.
- Indianapolis (3-1)
Simply put, the Colts are the best one-loss team in the league at this point. Andrew Luck is as good as advertised, (duh) and now that he has a compliment of running backs in Trent Richardson and Ahmad Bradshaw, he’s even more dangerous. Indy’s Week 5 matchup against Seattle should be a whopper.
- Detroit (3-1)
Detroit has at least five All-Pro caliber players in Matthew Stafford, Calvin ‘Megatron’ Johnson, Reggie Bush, Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairley that are all playing at an extremely high level right now. The best word I can use to describe the Lions is…explosive.
- Miami (3-1)
Sure, the Dolphins got embarrassed by Drew Brees and company on Monday night, but hell, Brees is a sure-fire Hall of Famer and not many teams waltz into New Orleans and walk out victorious.
- Tennessee (3-1)
The Titans have a very, very good defense and Jake Locker is apparently coming of age. Too bad that Locker is now out for 4-6 weeks after injuring his hip in Tennessee’s 38-13 rout over the Jets.
- Chicago (3-1)
Yes, the Bears were handed a humbling 40-32 loss by the division-rival Lions in Week 4, but I like the way Jay Cutler and company never quit until time finally expired.
- San Francisco (2-2)
There’s not a lot to learn from Frisco’s 35-11 rout over beleaguered St. Louis in Week 3 seeing as how the Rams can’t get out of their own way these days.
- Cincinnati (2-2)
I’ve still got the Bengals ranked pretty high despite their 17-6 Week 3 loss to Cleveland. Their Week 5 home date against the Patriots will be even more telling about the quality of this team.
- Buffalo (2-2)
The Bills get this spot because they’ve earned it. Buffalo’s 23-20 win over Baltimore only reaffirmed what we saw out of this team the first three weeks. That they’re clearly heading in the right direction under Doug Marrone and E.J. Manuel.
- San Diego (2-2)
The San Diego Chargers got a nice 30-21 win over mediocre Dallas in Week 3, but this team is the proverbial, ‘enigma, wrapped inside a mystery’ if you know what I mean.
- Baltimore (2-2)
Speaking of enigmatic teams and you’ve got to list Baltimore as one of the biggest ‘Dr. Jekyll and Mr., Hyde’ teams there is right now. Two inexplicable losses, sandwiched around two impressive wins, have me scratching my head right now.
- Green Bay (1-2)
The Packers had a bye in Week 4 and they needed it after giving up 34 points to Cincinnati in their Week 3 road loss to the Bengals and an identical 34 to Frisco in their season opener.
- Cleveland (2-2)
The Browns are reportedly looking to draft another quarterback in 2014, but wouldn’t it be something if they’ve suddenly found their man in Brian Hoyer? The fifth-year veteran has led Cleveland to consecutive wins by throwing five TD passes over the span…and that’s about five more than Brady Quinn ever threw during his stay in Cleveland if I remember correctly.
- Houston (2-2)
The Houston Texans are the worst ‘good’ team in football these days, surpassing the perennially underachieving ways of the San Diego Chargers. Matt Schaub and the Texans literally threw a win away against Seattle in Week 4.
- Atlanta (1-3)
The Falcons had a great opportunity to bounce back from a crushing Week 3 loss to Miami with a good showing at home against the Patriots, but it didn’t happen. Making matters worse is the fact that, the closer this team gets to the end zone, the harder it is for them to score.
- Dallas (2-2)
The Cowboys may sit atop the NFC Least right now, but this team has more than its share of issues that show they’re not a legit Super Bowl title contender right now.
- Carolina (1-2)
The anthers suffered a heartbreaking 12-7 loss to Seattle and a crushing 24-23 loss to Buffalo to start the season before routing the Giants 38-0 in Week 3. A Week 4 bye means they’re going to be well-rested when they visit mediocre Arizona in Week 5.
- Minnesota (1-3)
The Vikings have given up a ton of points this season, but at least they can score the ball too. Minnesota came out on top in a battle of desperate, winless teams in Week 3, hanging 34 points on Pittsburgh in the process.
- Arizona (2-2)
Oh yeah, that Carson Palmer is definitely the answer to Arizona’s prayers for another Kurt Warner…not! Despite their 13-10 Week 4 win over rudderless Tampa Bay, the Cardinals are not very good, as evidenced by the 20 total points they’ve scored over their last two games.
- Washington (1-3)
The Skins got off the schneid by beating the rebuilding (again) Oakland Raiders 24-14 in Week 4, but I wouldn’t get too excited because hey’ it’s the Raiders. Washington gets a bye in Week 5.
- Philadelphia (1-3)
It’s very nice that Chip Kelly’s teams can score the ball like crazy. Apparently, no one told him stopping the other team is fairly important too. Philly has allowed at least 26 points in every game, not to mention the stunning 52 points they gave up to Denver the last time out.
- NY Jets (2-2)
You know…if the Jets didn’t beat pitiful Tampa Bay in its season opener and edge Buffalo in Week 3, this team could very well be 0-4. Expect the turnover count to continue to rise.
- Oakland (1-3)
Jeez, it’s no wonder Matt Flynn couldn’t beat out Russell Wilson a year ago in Seattle or Terrelle Pryor this season in Oakland…the veteran signal-caller looked mostly pathetic against the Redskins in Week 4.
- St. Louis
I’m not agreeing with the people that say Jeff Fisher hasn’t won anything without Steve McNair…I’m just saying that the Rams – and Sam Bradford don’t look any better than they did before Fisher’s arrival nearly two years ago.
- Tampa Bay (0-4)
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers and head coach Greg Schiano have big problems on their hands, both on and off the field. Looks like Josh Freeman will be the lucky one if he ever gets traded.
- Pittsburgh (0-4)
The Steelers look about as bad as I’ve ever seen them in over 40 years of personal observance…and that’s saying something when you’ve had to endure three seasons of Bubby Brister.
- NY Giants (0-4)
A lot of people thought the Giants would get back into Super Bowl contention this season. Well, they’re contending alright…for the title of worst team in the league.
- Jacksonville (0-4)
No matter how hard the Giants or any other team try, the undisputed worst team in the league (again) is the Jacksonville Jaguars. I can’t even judge quarterback Blaine Gabbert, because this team has hole everywhere. I kept telling my friends last week, that the Alabama Crimson Tide could beat this team and I seriously believe it.
Are you excited about the AFC Vs. NFC inter-conference games this weekend? While divisional matchups are more important for teams since they have more playoff implications. But for NFL fans the inter-conference games are a lot of fun to watch since these matchups only happen once in about 4 years.
There are five inter-conference matchups for NFL week 5 betting, but let me focus on the four that play on Sunday.
AFC Vs. NFC Betting Picks for Week 5
Seattle Seahawks (4-0 ATS) at Indianapolis Colts (2-2 ATS)
When? Sunday at 1 PM ET at Lucas Oil Stadium
Betting Line: Seahawks -2.5.
Game Total: 43.5
This will be one of the most highly anticipated games of the year, as for the first times in their careers second-year quarterbacks Andrew Luck and Russell Wilson will go head to.
What are the betting trends for this game?
- Seattle is 10-1 SU in its last 11 games
- The total has gone OVER in 8 of Seattle’s last 12 games
- The total has gone OVER in 6 of Seattle’s last 8 games on the road
- Seattle is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games on the road
- Seattle is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games when playing Indianapolis
- The total has gone OVER in 4 of Seattle’s last 6 games when playing Indianapolis
- The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Indianapolis’s last 8 games
- Indianapolis is 12-4 SU in its last 16 games
- The total has gone UNDER in 9 of Indianapolis’s last 12 games at home
- Indianapolis is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games at home
Jacksonville Jaguars (0-4 ATS) at St. Louis Rams (0-4 ATS)
When? Sunday 1 PM ET at Edward Jones Dome
Betting Line: Rams -11.
Game Total: 41.5.
What are the betting trends for this game?
- What are the Betting trends for this matchup?
- Jacksonville is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
- Jacksonville is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games
- The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Jacksonville’s last 8 games
- The total has gone OVER in 4 of Jacksonville’s last 6 games on the road
- Jacksonville is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
- Jacksonville is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
- St. Louis is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
- St. Louis is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
- The total has gone OVER in 6 of St. Louis’s last 7 games at home
- St. Louis is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games at home
- St. Louis is 1-6 ATS in its last 7 games at home
- Jaguars are 9-16 ATS vs. NFC opponents since 2007.
Denver Broncos (3-1 ATS) at Dallas Cowboys (3-1 ATS)
When? Sunday at 4:25 PM ET at AT&T Stadium
Betting Line: Broncos -7.
Game Total: 55.5
What are the betting trends for this game?
- Denver is 15-1 SU in its last 16 games
- The total has gone OVER in 5 of Denver’s last 5 games
- The total has gone OVER in 6 of Denver’s last 8 games on the road
- Denver is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games on the road
- Denver is 5-1-1 ATS in its last 7 games when playing Dallas
- The total has gone OVER in 5 of Denver’s last 6 games when playing Dallas
- Denver is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Dallas
- Dallas is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
- The total has gone OVER in 5 of Dallas’s last 6 games at home
- Dallas is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games at home
- Dallas is 3-10 ATS in its last 13 games at home
- Peyton Manning is 36-22 ATS as a road favorite since 2001.
Houston Texans (0-4 ATS) at San Francisco 49ers (2-2 ATS)
When? Sunday 8:25 PM ET at Candlestick Park
Betting Line: 49ers -7.5.
Game Total: 44
For those of you were looking for an old-fashioned defensive battle, when you saw this game on the NFL schedule will be disappointed this weekend.
Both teams have been going through growing pains at the QB position and their defenses have underwhelmed in the first 4 weeks.
The 49ers are heavy favorites and that scares me.
What are the betting trends for this Sunday night football contest?
- The total has gone OVER in 4 of Houston’s last 5 games
- Houston is 15-7 SU in its last 22 games
- Houston is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games
- Houston is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
- Houston is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games on the road
- The total has gone OVER in 9 of San Francisco’s last 11 games
- San Francisco15-7-1 SU in its last 23 games
- The total has gone OVER in 7 of San Francisco’s last 8 games at home
- San Francisco15-4-1 SU in its last 20 games at home
- San Francisco is 16-7-1 ATS in its last 24 games at home
- Texans are 34-16 ATS after two or more consecutive losses
- 49ers are 10-5 ATS as a home favorite of 3.5 points or more under Jim Harbaugh.
- 49ers are 34-16 ATS as favorites in night games since 1989.