Tim Tebow: Despise Him or Love Him, He Can Lead the Broncos to the NFL Playoffs

Ernest ShepardAnalyst IIIDecember 12, 2011

DENVER, CO - DECEMBER 11:  Quarterback Tim Tebow #15 of the Denver Broncos runs with the ball 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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Tim Tebow is perhaps the most talked about player in the NFL. You either despise him or you love him. Every time that he takes the field, you are paying attention. 

With the Denver Broncos leading the AFC West at 8-5, you are compelled to discuss Tebow because he may just lead the Broncos to the playoffs with his unconventional style. 

Tebow's stats aren't gaudy, throwing for just under 1,300 yards with 11 touchdowns. He has completed only 48.5 percent of his passes, but he rarely turns the ball over. The interception and fumble were only his fifth and sixth turnover. 

Why is he despised? He is a squeaky clean athlete who isn't ashamed to speak about his beliefs. Add the Chicago Bear's Brian Urlacher to the list of cautious detractors when you consider his  "...he's a good running back... he does a good job for them" comments. 

Why do people love him? He is a winner. Ever since taking the Florida Gators to two BCS championships, Tebow has been dubbed the greatest college player of all-time. A player's legacy isn't based on their statistics but on wins and losses. Thus far in the NFL, Tebow does what it takes to win. 

In the first through third quarters, Tebow struggles, completing only 39 percent of his passes. The fourth quarter has become Tebow Time. Understand that if one guy falters in football, the whole team suffers, but it works in reverse if you have one guy who can rally a team. It is either done by his rushing ability or his timely passes. 

The question when he entered the NFL is if his style can translate in the pro game? If he helps lead the Broncos to the postseason. A tough matchup with the New England Patriots is up next. 

After that, two winnable games versus Buffalo and Kansas City remains. A record of 10-6 should propel the Broncos into the playoffs and a very important home game. Perhaps a rematch against the New York Jets.    

Despise him or love him. It doesn't matter, either way be prepared to be Tebow-ed.