Broncos vs. Dolphins: 4 Predictions for Tim Tebow vs. Miami

Alex SandersonCorrespondent IIIOctober 20, 2011

Broncos vs. Dolphins: 4 Predictions for Tim Tebow vs. Miami

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    Denver Broncos second-year quarterback Tim Tebow has at least one passing touchdown and at least one rushing touchdown in all of his NFL starts to date. He will be looking to continue that pattern in his first start of 2011 against Miami this Sunday.

    Tebow has officially been given the reigns of the Broncos this season and maybe beyond, depending on his play. He will have an 11-game sample to show whether or not he can be an effective starting quarterback at the professional  level.

    The fans in Denver have been wanting the coaching staff to start Tebow for quite some time now, and they are now getting their wish. Tebow has a lot of hype to live up to, but he is as determined as anyone to do it.

    The good thing for Tebow is that the Broncos are 1-4 and their season can't get much worse from here. He's just got to go out there and get the job done.

    Here are four predictions for what will happen for Tebow in his first start of the season in Week 7.

Strong Fantasy Performance

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    Since Tebow is a threat on the ground as well as in the air, he is a strong candidate to be a top-10 fantasy quarterback the rest of the way. That should be no different against a middle of the road Dolphins defense.

    Cam Newton of the Carolina Panthers is a similar player to Tebow, and he has put up top-five fantasy quarterback numbers in 2011. The difference between the two is that Newton has an elite talent in Steve Smith to throw the ball to.

    Look for the former Gator to throw for about 200 yards and have a combined three touchdowns. He is going to be the main goal-line back for the Broncos, adding some strong value to his fantasy stock.

    Tebow was the most popular waiver wire addition last week in fantasy leagues even though the quarterback position has proven to be pretty deep this season. Still, it can't hurt to own a player of Tebow's potential.

A Broncos Win

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    After Tebow relieved Kyle Orton in the Broncos last game against San Diego in Week 5, he almost led his team to an impressive comeback. He is an electrifying player that really lights up the rest of his teammates.

    Since the new Broncos quarterback was almost able to bring his team back against a strong opponent, you would figure Denver has a great chance to beat a lackluster Miami team with him playing a whole game.

    The Dolphins are one of three winless teams in the league and are playing without starting quarterback Chad Henne. This game is almost a must win for Tebow, as it's important to get off on the right foot and to beat teams that you are supposed to.

Better Passing Opportunities

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    When Tebow was the starter towards the end of last season, Denver didn't have much of a running game at all. That is not the case this year, as Willis McGahee has put up some solid rushing numbers.

    The biggest impact that McGahee's effective running should have is that defenses will have to honor the run, opening up the field for Tebow to throw. Having a more balanced attack will help Tebow to grow at the NFL level.

    While the Broncos don't exactly have the league's greatest receiving core, especially after trading Brandon Lloyd this week to the Rams, Tebow's game style doesn't really set up a need for great vertical receivers.

Picking Apart Unprepared Defense

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    Perhaps the best thing that Tebow has going for him this week against Miami is that the Dolphins defense is unlikely to be fully prepared to play against him. It can often take NFL defenses a handful of games in a season to develop a good strategy for stopping opposing offenses.

    The best example of this in recent history can be seen with Eagles quarterback Michael Vick last season. He really came out of nowhere after Kevin Kolb got hurt at the beginning of the year to put up MVP-like stats over a handful of games. Defenses soon adjusted to him, however, and he has been dealing with injury issues and inconsistent play at the end of last season and the beginning of this year.

    Denver should find themselves playing from ahead in this game, meaning Tebow probably won't put up a ton of passing yards. That being said, he is likely to have a strong overall performance.