Will Tim be Tebowing this week?

Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow prays before taking the field against the Lions in Denver, Col., Oct....

Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow prays before taking the field against the Lions in Denver, Col., Oct. 30, 2011. (JUSTIN EDMONDS/Getty Images/AFP)

MIKE RUTSEY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:33 PM ET

TORONTO - Finally, there are the continuing trials and tribulations of Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow.

What to do?

With a 2-5 record, the season is already lost and it was assumed that vice-president of football operations John Elway and head coach John Fox would give Tebow a long run to show what he can do.

But then came his wretched performance last week in a 45-10 loss at home against the Lions and now few believe that Tebow remains on a long leash.

Kyle Orton proved he was not the answer so in the not-so-distant future the thinking is that Fox will open door No. 3 and hand the quarterback chores to Brady Quinn. As for Tebow, he remains humble and upbeat — like always.

“I’ll just try to get better from that game and improve and just continue to get better as a football player,” Tebow told reporters.

As for the criticism that piled up at his door following his performance — 18-for-39 for 172 yards — Tebow pays no attention.

“You’re going to have people that praise you and people that criticize you and everything in between,” Tebow said. “If I listened to everything that you all say, my world would be so up and down. I’m grounded upon my faith, my family, and that’s what grounds me. Football is what I do for a living and what I do for fun.”

For the short term, Fox is sticking with him.

“I think at the end of the day, we’ve got to see if he can improve and get better in the passing game,” Fox said.

In the meantime, Quinn is warming up.

L-O-S-E-R-S!

File this one under hard to believe or send it off to Ripley but the two quarterbacks on the Indianapolis Colts roster — starter Curtis Painter and backup Dan Orlovsky — have never been involved in a winning game in the NFL.

That’s right, not one.

This season, with star quarterback Peyton Manning not able to play due to complications from three neck surgeries, the Colts first turned to veteran Kerry Collins and for the past six games it’s been Painter.

The Colts, at 0-8 are without a win with Painter seeing action in six of the losses.

The only other time that he has seen game action in his time with the Colts was back in 2009 and he was part of a controversial decision made by head coach Jim Caldwell.

The ’09 Colts were 14-0 and headed towards an undefeated season. But in Game 15 against the Jets, Caldwell pulled Manning and several other veterans from the game in the third quarter with a 15-10 lead. Painter came on and the Jets rebounded to pull out a 29-15 victory, thereby ending the Colts dreams of an undefeated season.

Painter made the start in the next game and against the Bills was the loser in a 30-7 Buffalo victory.

Orlovsky’s history, meanwhile, shows that he has appeared in 13 games, 12 of them with the Lions, and has never been part of a win.

Back in 2008 Orlovsky made eight starts for the Lions and lost them all and if you remember that was the year the Lions would go on to post an 0-16 record.

Now, Orlovsky gets a crack at being part of another team that may go winless.

What are the odds of that happening?

JETSETTER

From first-round bust to first rate playmaker, Aaron Maybin has seen it all.

Which is why the former Buffalo Bills linebacker who now resembles a first-round pick with the New York Jets is hyped about Sunday’s game in Buffalo.

It is one of the featured matchups of the weekend. It is by far a bigger ‘must’ game for the 4-3 Jets than it is for the 5-2 Bills. However, a win by Buffalo would put them in position to make a solid run towards a playoff berth.

A loss by the Jets would place the Rex Ryan led group in a precarious position.

It’s also a big game for Maybin.

“Very much so — it’s been circled on my calendar for a while,” Maybin told New York reporters earlier. “I don’t work any different than I did in Buffalo and I’m not any more talented today than I was yesterday. Nothing magical happened to me overnight and, all of a sudden, I can rush the passer again.”

On that note there is no doubt as the change of scenery has done wonders for his career.

In four games with the Jets, Maybin has a team-high three sacks plus three forced fumbles. In 27 games over two seasons with the Bills he did not register a sack and had no forced fumbles. That’s quite a turnaround.

“For whatever reason, there was fault on both ends,” Maybin admitted. “There was something obviously I didn’t do while I was there to give the coaching staff that confidence in me to go out and have more than five snaps a game. Since I’ve gotten here, it’s been a little bit different.”

Maybe a slap in the face was what he needed. For that he should thank the Bills.

WHICH CARSON PALMER WILL SHOW UP?

The Oakland Raiders are back in action Sunday in a division matchup against the Denver Broncos.

The Raiders come into the game fresh off their bye week and no player needed the extra time more than their newly acquired quarterback Carson Palmer.

Raiders fans are hopeful they will see a crisper performance than Palmer’s 8-for-21 for 116 yards outing in their 28-0 loss two weeks ago to Kansas City.

“There’s no comparison to last week,” Palmer told reporters. “I’m comfortable with the entire playbook, comfortable with the guys, comfortable with the snap count, where to stand in the huddle. Every little bit that I’ve been around here, every second that I’ve had, I’ve just learned more and more.”

Not only did Palmer get the extra time to acclimatize himself to the Raiders playbook, but in the interim they went out and acquired his old Bengals teammate, receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh.

“It’ll be nice,” Palmer said of having a familiar target. “You know T.J. and I have a long history together.”

On Sunday it’s up to Palmer to prove that he is capable of delivering the goods.

SUGGS SETTING NASTY TONE FOR MONSTER GAME

As an outside linebacker, the Ravens Terrell Suggs is one of the best. As a provider of quotable dialogue, he’s in a class by himself.

So Suggs was it again the other day as his Ravens were gearing up for a second tong war against the Steelers on Sunday. They won the first contest handily as they crushed Pittsburgh 35-7.

He is well aware that Round 2 will be a much tougher test.

“We’re bringing 53 men into the apocalypse and we ain’t bringing flowers,” Suggs told reporters.

The game will be played in Pittsburgh and will be the featured Sunday nighter which raises the profile of the contest that much higher.

The Steelers have collected themselves since that opening weekend slaughter and are coming into the game off a convincing 25-17 beating of the New England Patriots.

“We think their piss is going to be a little hot,” Suggs said. “They’re definitely going to have some ‘Let’s get after them’ to their game.

“But in hindsight, who knocked us out of the playoffs last year? In 2008, a certain team beat us to go to the Super Bowl, and danced all over the field, held up the AFC Championship trophy. We had to sit by and watch that. There’s a little salt in the wound on both sides.

“Ray Rice (Ravens running back) said, ‘We don’t have to see them again,’ I disagree. We’re definitely going to have to see those guys again, but every team has that. Peyton Manning had to go through New England. (Lebron) James has to go through Boston. (Michael) Jordan had to go through the Pistons. We’re definitely going to have to see them again especially to achieve what we want to achieve.”

On that Suggs is probably correct as both teams are expected to move on from Sunday’s game and advance into the playoffs.

That gives Suggs plenty of time to come up with the same quality of colourful quotes as he mined for Sunday’s rematch.


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