Kyle Orton: Former Broncos QB Is Perfect Villain to Ruin Tim Tebow's Fairy Tale

DENVER, CO - SEPTEMBER 18:  Quarterbacks  Tim Tebow #15 and  Kyle Orton #8 of the Denver Broncos warm up prior to facing the Cincinnati Bengals at Invesco Field at Mile High on September 18, 2011 in Denver, Colorado.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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Kyle VassaloFeatured ColumnistJanuary 1, 2012

The Denver Broncos kicked Kyle Orton to the curb, inserted Tim Tebow into the lineup and in an odd twist of fate, an Orton vs. Tebow showdown will determine whether the Broncos will be playoff bound or watching the action from home.

Tebow mania took the world by storm this season. Tebowing, the miraculous comebacks and his almost obnoxiously-perfect lifestyle have been all the rage since he took over the starting role.

Orton is the perfect villain to set this fairy tale ablaze. The Broncos sent him packing, and while he doesn't have a chance to crack the postseason, playing spoiler to a team who didn't believe in him is more than enough inspiration to play at his best.

Tebow obviously isn't going to make it easy on him, but let's not forget that this is a Chiefs team who ruined the Packers' undefeated record.

The Broncos made the right move by making the change, as their late playoff push is evidence of, but it's impossible not to see how this game and the Tebow hype will fuel Orton.

He knows their tendencies, they know his. Lose, and he justifies their move and Tebow will be praised as the savior of the Broncos franchise.

Win, and he gets to sit at home and take comfort in the fact that Tebow and the Broncos are doing the same.

With playoff implications littering the Week 17 lineup and the Giants vs. Cowboys play-in game widely regarded as the game of the week, many are overlooking the fact that the week's most compelling storyline lies in the battle between Tebow and Orton.

Thought Tebow vs. Brady was worth watching? Wait until Tebow vs. Orton ensues.

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