Tim Tebow has been brilliant in the fourth quarters. To be more precise, he’s been on top of his game during the last 3-5 minutes of a game. That strong finish has allowed him to guide the Broncos to a 6-1 record ever since he came in to replace Kyle Orton. But this time, against the Minnesota Vikings, he had a great second half and he was able to bring the Broncos from behind and set up Matt Prater’s 23-yard field goal as the game expired. So even for his detractors, and those who don’t believe in making the Tebowian movement, you got to give the guy some credit: he turned around the Denver Broncos season and even managed to tie the Oakland Raiders for the first place in the AFC West.
It seems as if was only a matter of time before Tim Tebow catch the drift and figure out how to become an efficient quarterback in the NFL. Many critics and sports commentators had said that the Heisman Trophy winner wasn’t going to adjust to the play stile of the pros, and that just like many other quarterbacks who succeeded in the NCAA Football scene, he was going to struggle and not make the cut once he played with the big boys on Sundays. Now again, it seems that after 7 consecutive starts, Tim Tebow is really picking up on his game, and he could easily be responsible for turning the Denver Broncos season around after a disastrous start under Kyle Orton.
Lets not forget that for the better part of this season, the Denver Broncos seemed to be falling down a black hole. They really had nothing going on for them. It’s not just a matter of blaming Orton, truth is that deep inside the core of the team, things weren’t running smooth and that became evident since week 1. Other then a mediocre win at home against the Cincinnati Tigers, the Broncos found themselves in a 1-4 rout before BYE week and that was enough to get the panic alarms off at Denver’s locker room. John Fox opted to bring forth Tebow and take advantage of the extra week of rest to work out a very limited and yet efficient playbook that relied heavily on the running option. Tebow and the offensive line have been able to extend the playbook and even adjust the game a bit so that Tebow can perform much more like an NFL quarterback and not depend so much on his rushing abilities.
And that’s exactly what he did against the Minnesota Vikings. Tebow threw for a career high 202 yards in 10 of 15 passing for, 2 third quarter touchdowns with no interceptions and a career best 149.3 passer rating. This is the Broncos fifth straight win. Perhaps it’s just not the numbers or the records. It is eveident that despite Christian Ponder’s efforts as a young quarterback at the helm of the Vikings, at 52-10 for the season Minnesota is not a solid rival. But it really makes no difference, Tebow is figuring it out, getting it right. If he manages to consolidate his performance as a top-notch passer and an agile and athletic rusher, he might actually have a real chance of making a name for himself in the NFL.