Tim Tebow is, to put it nicely, not the greatest arm in the NFL. Nevertheless, he has been leading the Denver Broncos in winning football since taking over as a starter. While there are many who would love to see that come to an end tonight, it won't.
The Denver Broncos are going to be on the right side of the scoreboard tonight, and Tebow will be a large part of the reason why. The bulk of the reason is this triple option the team is running.
Tebow might not be the best quarterback in the pocket, but when it comes to running the option he's shown a high football IQ. He seems to always make the right choice in whether to keep or pitch the ball and where to pitch it to. He finds the holes and he, or whomever he pitches to, hits them.
What isn't going to help is that the New York Jets, as good as they are on defense, are only going to have a short week to defend against an offense which barely has any film and is still being explored. It's almost a guarantee the Broncos are going to break lose with three or four plays they've never run before tonight.
There is also a good chance Tebow will complete more passes. I don't think he'll pass for 300 yards, but once the Jets start ignoring the pass, he'll have a better chance of completing passes to virtually uncovered receivers. Some of those passes are going to come on those plays that no one has seen yet.
Another reason is this team believes in him, and the fans believe in him. At Mile High that is going to make a difference. That place is going to be ballistic tonight and the team is going to be juiced on both sides of the ball. When you're talking about the kind of physical game Tebow has, that is going to matter.
In the last four prime-time games the Broncos have played, they've held the opposing team to their lowest point total of the season. Mark Sanchez is regressing as a starting quarterback, and tonight could be a horrible experience for him.
Tebow isn't going to need to score 35 points to beat the Jets. It's a good chance that the Broncos will win if they manage to score 21 points.
The bottom line for this game is that Skip Bayless is going to be crowing in the morning. While I don't mind seeing Tebow succeed, I hate seeing Bayless being right about anything.