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NFL Week 1 Preview: Denver Broncos @ Jacksonville Jaguars

Maurice Jones DrewNot even the betting odds makers and NFL football betting lines experts know what Denver head coach Josh McDaniel is doing. There is a genuine fear in Denver that McDaniel is hoping that veteran starting quarterback Kyle Orton gives McDaniel a reason to put in rookie quarterback Tim Tebow.

There is no doubt that in the days when he affected NCAA football betting, Tim Tebow was a great leader. He worked harder than anyone else, watched more film and sacrificed his body to win more than anyone else in the college game. But Tebow’s throwing mechanics and happy feet caused him to drop in the draft. He should have been a mid-second round pick, but McDaniel scooped Tebow up in the first round of the draft and confused everyone.

The only proven winning NFL quarterback on the Denver roster is Kyle Orton, and his job could be in trouble. Orton looked good in the preseason. Second string quarterback Brady Quinn did not look so good, and Tebow looked a lot worse than people seem to give him credit for. Tebow sacrificed his body to score a touchdown in a preseason game and now Denver wants to give him the key to the city. Tebow may wind up being a great NFL quarterback, but the Broncos should think twice about sacrificing a winning quarterback in Orton for an untried rookie in Tebow.

The Jacksonville Jaguars are favored by two points in this game for two reasons. The first is the aforementioned potential dementia of Denver head coach Josh McDaniel. The second is the heat and humidity in Jacksonville this time of the year. Players will tell you that playing a game in Denver is much different than playing a game anywhere else in the league. By the same token, the light air the Broncos get used to becomes a problem when they go to play in the hot and humid conditions of Jacksonville.

The NFL betting world is convinced that Jacksonville head coach Jack Del Rio is coaching for his job. The Jaguars have to improve their record and challenge for an AFC playoff spot if Del Rio wants to find himself on the Jacksonville sidelines next season. The problem for Del Rio is that his defense is young and prone to mistakes. His offense is based on running back Maurice Jones-Drew and the inconsistent abilities of quarterback David Garrard. It would not be a surprise to see backup quarterback Luke McCown in this game if Garrard cannot move the offense.

If Josh McDaniel can keep himself under control then he has a team capable of winning their opening game. Look for the Broncos to make a lot of substitutions in this game as the heat and heavy air slow down the Denver players. A smartly coached game by McDaniel is all the Broncos need to open the season 1-0. The only question is whether or not McDaniel is capable of a smartly coached game.

Pick: Denver Broncos 21-10

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