Raiders Tune in to Tebow in Denver

By Joe Kukura
|  Friday, Oct 22, 2010  |  Updated 7:15 PM PDT
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Oakland Raiders fans could be forgiven for not noticing, but the Tim Tebow era for the Denver Broncos started in earnest last week.

No, Tebow is not the Broncos' starting quarterback. That title still belongs to the surprisingly effective Kyle Orton.

Are you sitting down? Right now, Kyle Orton has the second-most passing yardage of any NFL quarterback.

But Tim Tebow took eight snaps in the wildcat formation last Sunday in a loss to the Jets. He even had a rushing touchdown, so you figure the Donks will bust out several wildcat formations Sunday against the Raiders.

Raiders coach Tom Cable has been scheming for it all week. I think you have to," Cable told the AP. "Obviously, he's got a background in it. As he gets more acclimated to the NFL, I'm sure he'll play more."

One caveat to all the Tebow hype -- he still has not attempted a single pass in his NFL career. He's run the ball or handed off on all of Denver's wildcat plays, and his 25 preseason pass attempts do not count among statistics.

Oh, to see Tebow's first NFL pass land in the hands of a Nnamdi, a Huff, or a Eugene.

Like the Raiders, the Broncos are 2-3. The loser of this contest will either take sole possession of last place in the AFC West, or share last place with the Chargers.

Joe Kukura is a freelance writer who assures nervous Raiders executives that Rich Gannon will not be doing the color commentary for the Raiders game on TV Sunday, he's got Chiefs-Jaguars.

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