It’s more than safe to say the stats generated by the New England Patriots and the Denver Broncos are on the complete opposite sides of the spectrum this season but when it’s all said and done both teams have found ways to win and ultimately land on top of their respected divisions this year for a playoff run. It’s always good to look at stats with a grain of salt as stats don’t always paint a perfect picture to understand why a team is winning week in and week out but when you look at Tim Tebow’s stats you have to take them with a sea worth of salt.
How is this kid finding ways to win when he needs to most? People don’t understand it and some people are even outraged by his success. Analysts say his mechanics as a quarterback need vast improvements and if you’ve been keeping up with Tebow’s career in the NFL, you’ll notice that the film never lies. Denver Broncos’ HC John Fox even laughed when asked about Tebow earlier on in the season, “Do whatever the hell it takes. I mean, what the hell? You don’t get points for style in this league. Let me tell you something: My man is really good in this offense. You know what I mean? If we were trying to run a regular offense, he’d be screwed.” Tim Tebow is changing the way NFL defenses game plan by bringing the option styled offense back from high school and college into the pro’s but doing it more successfully than anyone would have imagined. His strong faith in God and determination to never give up resonates with teammates and has them rallying around him as their leader. Very few people gave the Broncos a chance to beat the Pittsburgh Steelers (AFC defending champs) this weekend in the Wild Card round of the playoffs but the Broncos found a way to win convincingly with an 80 yard touchdown pass to Demaryius Thomas in overtime, the quickest ending to an overtime in NFL history (11 seconds). The bottom line is, Tim Tebow is a football player and he has been getting way too much criticism all season long with only 15 career starts under his belt. Tebow’s quarterback rating is 110 in the fourth quarter and it rises to 125 when there is 5 minutes or less left to go in the game!
Bill Belichick knows what he is getting with Tim Tebow when the Broncos ride into New England this week for the divisional round of the playoffs but he knows it is never easy to beat the same team twice. The Patriots beat the Broncos at home this season 41-23, but can they do it again? The Broncos charged right down the field on opening drive and played a very solid first half against the Patriots before shooting themselves in the feet for the rest of the game. Remember the last time the Broncos went to the playoffs and won a game? That game was in 1998, after a first round bye, the Broncos beat the New England Patriots 27-13, denying them from getting a chance to be the first team in NFL history to win three consecutive Super Bowls in a row. The Broncos were 13-3 that year with a first round bye of course, but hey, never say never. The Patriots host the Broncos at home this Saturday at 8, it’s shaping up to be a great one.