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Bet on the NFL  While top overall pick Sam Bradford leads the St. Louis Rams, 4-6, into Invesco Field, Tim Tebow — the 25th overall pick — will serve once again as the backup to prolific passer Kyle Orton, even with the Denver Broncos idling at 3-7. Before an ill-advised shovel pass last week, Bradford had strung together a rookie record 169 straight pass attempts without an interception. Tebow hasn’t had much opportunity to build a pro resume, taking only a few snaps per game while playing second fiddle to Orton, who has thrown for 3,023 yards and 17 touchdowns this season.

When betting on football remember: Broncos coach Josh McDaniels probably won’t give Tebow a shot Sunday, either. Denver mathematically isn’t out of the playoff hunt, so Orton will remain at QB as long as he’s the last thing that’s wrong with the injury-plagued Broncos.

As for Tebow and the Broncos, they're 3-7, the worst team in the middling AFC West. They've lost 15 of 20 for the first time since 1971-72 and they haven't won back-to-back games in nearly a year.  But they're not mathematically out of playoff contention, with division leader Kansas City at 6-4. So McDaniels won't entertain the notion of giving Tebow many more snaps.

Asked on Tuesday if he'd consider starting Tebow instead of Kyle Orton (FSY) if the Broncos fell out of playoff contention, McDaniels said he didn’t know, but he is not willing to go there, and they will think about that when that happens. But it's not on our minds right now.

A little background on Sam Bradford, before he was the first overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, he played college football at Oklahoma. In 2008, as a redshirt sophomore, Bradford became the second sophomore to win a Heisman Trophy. Bradford also holds the NCAA record for most touchdown passes by a freshman quarterback, with 36.

 

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