NFL Week 11: New York Jets Will Be Tim Tebow's Big Test

Chris FaigCorrespondent INovember 17, 2011

DENVER, CO - OCTOBER 30:  Quarterback Tim Tebow #15 of the Denver Broncos prepares to take the field to face the Detroit Lions Sports Authority at Invesco Field at Mile High on October 30, 2011 in Denver, Colorado.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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Ever since he became a professional prospect, a majority of analysts have continuously said that Tim Tebow does not have what it takes to consistently win in the National Football League.  No one can deny his dominance at the college level, but the Tebow non-believers think that his mechanics and throwing ability will never flourish in this league.

However, against all of the negative criticism that Tebow continues to receive, he currently has a 3-1 starting NFL record.  Sure, you can say that he hasn't been extremely productive, but in only his second professional season he has rallied up a team that has already played for three quarterbacks, and placed the Broncos back into the AFC West divisional race.  

Considering many thought Tebow would never have what it takes to start in the NFL, he's done quite well completing 47-of-105 attempted passes for 605 yards, seven touchdowns, only one interception and a 81.7 QB rating. 

His passing game will come in due time.  The Denver Broncos coaching staff realizes that they have a better chance to win when they run the football, so that's exactly what they've been doing.  As teams continue to stack up the box and protect the run, Tebow will gain freedom to throw the ball more often.  

This will begin sooner rather than later because Tebow and the Denver Broncos take on the New York Jets this Thursday at home.  Against an extremely talented New York defense, with a superb secondary, Tebow will be put to the test.  

Against the best defense he has seen so far, he will need to beat Gang Green with his arm, not only his legs.  The key for Tebow in this matchup is to look for one-on-one coverage with anyone other than shutdown corner Darrelle Revis.  

So far, Tebow has shown that he can throw the deep ball when he gets the opportunity.  If John Fox and the Broncos staff give Tebow some freedom to let the ball loose from time to time, Tebow can very well shock the feared New York defense.

Thursday night is a big game for Denver, in the midst of a divisional race for the playoffs, and an even bigger one for Tebow.