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Why Tim Tebow Is the Perfect Weapon to Gash the San Diego Chargers' Defense

DENVER, CO - JANUARY 2:  Quarterback Tim Tebow #15 of the Denver Broncos celebrates a first down during the third quarter as running back Correll Buckhalter #28 walks back to the huddle against the San Diego Chargers at INVESCO Field at Mile High on January 2, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)
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Christopher SmithCorrespondent IIINovember 26, 2011

Tim Tebow enters his sixth week as the Denver Broncos' starting quarterback with a 4-1 record.

In Week 12 he faces the team he started his 2011 campaign against—the San Diego Chargers.

After the half in Week 5, Tebow relieved former Bronco Kyle Orton and created the first bit of excitement we had seen in Denver all year on his way to almost completing a second-half comeback.

This week he faces the same Chargers team with the same Chargers problems.

Only this time around, Tebow will have the full 60 minutes as he attempts to keep his team in the race for the wild AFC West.

What Tebow may lack as a traditional passer, he has fully made up for as an electrifying runner and—most importantly—a winner.

The Broncos have managed to remain relevant in the 2011 regular season only by Tebow's ability to change the game and persuade his teammates—by manner of attitude, sportsmanship and sheer force—into playing better football.

Nothing changes in Week 12. Tebow has the ability and the drive to continue Denver's hot streak on Sunday.

And the Chargers have the shortcomings in their defensive unit necessary for Tebow to be the perfect weapon in Week 12.

DENVER, CO - OCTOBER 9: Tim Tebow #15 of the Denver Broncos rushes the ball against the San Diego Chargers at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on October 9, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. The Chargers won 29-24. (Photo by Bart Young/Getty Images)
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The Chargers currently rank 22nd in rushing. They've allowed 124.3 YPG on the ground and seven touchdowns thus far.

The last time Tebow and his read-option offense faced a team this poor against the rush—Kansas City was 19th when they faced off—the Broncos racked up 244 yards rushing and have helped to drop the Chiefs to 28th overall on the season.

Even when faced with more statistically impressive defenses, the Broncos have kept the ground game rolling.

Denver took down the sputtering New York Jets—then ranked eighth in total defense—with 125 yards on the ground (60 on the final game-winning drive).

As simple as it should be for teams to grasp this run-first-then-keep-on-running offense, it isn't.

Every week that passes adds another wrinkle to Denver's offense.

Whether it be by the triple-option to Eddie Royal out of the backfield or a deep ball to Eric Decker down the sideline, Tebow and company manage to find a way to keep defenses falling asleep in the backfield and getting burned.

The Chargers' one saving grace for their defensive unit is their eighth overall rank against the pass.

Unfortunately for them, they won't be needing any of that pass defense against a team that has passed as few as eight times—while completing only two of those—on the way to a road victory.

Tebow's long, game-clock-eating drives will produce plenty of yardage and points while keeping the Broncos defense rested and forcing Phillip Rivers to play from behind.

It's only a matter of time before Rivers' seemingly faulty arm begins to make bad decisions and give the ball right back.

Tebow will control the momentum of this game and add yet another check in the Broncos' win column as he effectively and efficiently runs through and over the trenches in Qualcomm Stadium this Sunday.

 

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