Tim Tebow Takes Pressure off Aaron Rodgers and Green Bay Packers

Connor KieselContributor IDecember 12, 2011

DENVER, CO - DECEMBER 11:  Quarterback Tim Tebow #15 of the Denver Broncos prays on the field prior to a game against the Chicago Bears at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on December 11, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)
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When you wake up on Monday morning, the lead on sports shows, the talk of the town, is Tim Tebow. It's an improbable story, fascinating, mystifying and utterly interesting. There's lovers and haters, sides as deeply divided as lawmakers on Capitol Hill. It's frankly a good conversation topic. 

Then you have Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers, so good that they're almost, dare I say it, boring. Rodgers looks superhuman, the Packers score 30-plus and the undefeated streak continues. Ho-hum. 

Really though, it's not ho-hum. What the Packers are on the way to accomplishing isn't shockingly scintillating or reaching the level of Tebow dramatics. 

It is downright impressive and historic. 

With yesterday's win, a simple 46-16 stomping of the Raiders, the Packers became just the second defending Super Bowl champion to start the next season 13-0. Their 19-game winning streak is the second longest in NFL history. Stats like these are not some to just be buried in the background of sports chatter. 

But they are.

McCarthy's Packers put together a magical run from Wild Card to Super Bowl champion last year, an underdog story with a hook. Now, they're a known quantity. We may have become a bit numb to the high quality at which they're playing. 

On the other hand, you have Tebow and the Broncos, a team not many expected to finish far from the AFC West cellar, left for dead after a 1-4 start and resurrected with Tebow taking over as starter. 

GREEN BAY, WI - DECEMBER 11:  Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers throws a pass against the Oakland Raiders at Lambeau Field on December 11, 2011 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Packers defeated the Raiders 46-16. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Image
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You couldn't have more polar opposites.

Tebow and the Broncos win in compelling fashion coming back from seemingly impossible deficits. Rodgers and the Packers just score, usually putting teams away with a perfectly placed laser from the arm of No. 12. 

When they did face adversity last week against the Giants with the game tied at 35 in the closing stages of regulation, Rodgers moved the offense methodically down the field to set up a game-winning field goal.

There are no recovered onside kicks, improbable scrambles out of the pocket or unbelievable circumstances that lead up to Packers victories. It's methodical. It's almost becoming expected. 

No one expected the Broncos' 7-1 record with Tebow under center. While the Broncos garner the media spotlight, the Monday-morning quarterbacking, a little of the pressure rolls off the Packers' backs. The scrutiny will surely increase as 16-0 draws closer, then the potential possibility of 19-0 if it carries into the playoffs. 

For now though, Tim Tebow is the best thing that could have happened to the footballers on the frozen tundra. Heck, there was more talk this week about Green Bay selling stocks of ownership for the team than if the Packers could continue the undefeated roll. 

Come Week 17, a lot of attention could be on the quest to finish off a perfect regular season, but you can bet that if Tebow and Company are on the playoffs' doorstep there will be a little less limelight on Lambeau.