Denver Broncos: Tim Tebow & Co. Defeat Oakland Raiders and It's Tebow Time Again

Jimmy GrapponeCorrespondent INovember 6, 2011

Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow celebrates during the Broncos' 38-24 victory over their bitter rival, the Oakland Raiders.
Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow celebrates during the Broncos' 38-24 victory over their bitter rival, the Oakland Raiders.Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

I own a Tim Tebow jersey, but I wear it reluctantly.

I was among the first to declare Tebow Time! when John Fox named him the Denver Broncos' starting quarterback, and then I denounced him a week later after his pitiful performance against the Miami Dolphins.

I practically disowned the guy and wanted to trade him to the Saskatchewan Roughriders after the Broncos loss to the Detroit Lions last week, in which Tebow had the lowest single-game QBR by an NFL quarterback in the past 3 seasons.

But after the Broncos' 38-24 drubbing of the Oakland Raiders, in which Tebow threw for two touchdowns and became the first quarterback in the NFL to rush for over 100 yards in a game this season, all is well in Tebow-land.

Not all of Tebow's throws were perfect and plenty either sailed several feet too high or ended up at the feet of his intended targets, but he threw three strikes on downfield passes to Eric Decker, Demaryius Thomas and Eddie Royal that seemed to open up the running lanes for himself and for Willis McGahee who carried 20 times for 163 yards and two touchdowns.

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Eddie Royal, Von Miller and Champ Bailey also had big games for the Broncos.

Royal caught the first of Tebow's touchdown passes and returned a fourth quarter punt 85 yards for the go-ahead touchdown that put Denver up 31-24.  Denver scored the last 21 points of the game after trailing 24-17 and outscored the Raiders 31-7 in the second half.

Von Miller had five total tackles and 0.5 sacks, but helped put constant pressure on Raiders' quarterback Carson Palmer throughout the game, helping the former Cincinnati Bengals and USC Trojans star into three interceptions for the second time in as many games for the Silver & Black.

Champ Bailey picked off two of Palmer's passes, including the game clincher late in the fourth quarter, for the 50th interception of his Hall of Fame career.

Is it Tebow Time?

Tebow finished the day just 10-of-21 passing for 124 yards, but he looked much calmer in the pocket, he was only sacked once after going down 13 times in his first two starts, and most importantly, he did something that Denver's previous starter, Kyle Orton, could not do. He quarterbacked the Denver Broncos to a win over their biggest, most bitter rival, the Oakland Raiders.

And for that small victory, if the Broncos fail to win another game this year, Tim Tebow's season will be deemed a success.

Perhaps it just took turning back the clocks for it to truly become Tebow Time.