NFL: Can Tim Tebow Lead the Denver Broncos to the Playoffs?

Steven LiaoContributor IIINovember 27, 2011

KANSAS CITY, MO - NOVEMBER 13:  Quarterback Tim Tebow #15 of the Denver Broncos carries the ball during the first half of the game against the Kansas City Chiefs on November 13, 2011 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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Never before was there a Tim Tebow in the NFL. I mean, seriously, how does someone become a figure like Tebow?

His jersey is the most popular  in the league, he sponsors underwear, yet he's barely done anything of significance in the league compared to the other more prominent players out there.

But there's one thing he has done—win.

As far as Tebow goes, people have always made fun of him. First, he was the quarterback that ran worthless draw plays. Then, he was the left-handed quarterback who would be better off playing tight end in the NFL. Now, he's the guy who can't lead the Broncos.

What's made Tebow so polarizing is how he responds. He generally always responds to haters in two ways.

The first way is he tells everyone about his unwavering faith in Christ. Tebow's obsession with his religion has been well documented, to the extent that his fans have created a fad called "tebowing", both mocking and paying tribute to Tebow's habit of praying so often.

His second response? He wins. The haters hate but they can't knock off his wins.

I wish I could go into more depth on why Tebow is so polarizing, but for the sake of limiting digressions, let's move on to the Denver Broncos.

Tebow has won in Denver, but is it really Tebow getting the job done? He's 4-1, but his offense is gimmicky and college-like, and he's been a horrendous passer.

On the other hand, he's clutch. He's also a leader that his team can rally around.

Wouldn't a playoff berth be the exact type of response Tebow would give to his haters?

Let's take a look at the remaining opponents of this Broncos team. We have, in order, San Diego, Minnesota, Chicago, New England, Buffalo, and Kansas City.

With the way the Broncos are playing right now, I think the Vikings, the Bears, the Bills, and the Chiefs are all probable victories. I also think they'll lose to New England. Let's hold off on the Chargers for now.

That would put the Broncos at 9-6. Meanwhile, the Raiders will likely lose to the Packers and Lions on their schedule, and I'll hold off on the Chargers game finale once again.

That puts both teams at 9-6. If the Broncos win against the Chargers, and the Raiders win as well, the Broncos win the division. Both teams would be 1-1 against each other, 4-2 in the division, but the Broncos would have the better record against common opponents.

If the Broncos lose against the Chargers, they would need Oakland to lose against the Chargers as well. Otherwise they would lose the division and would probably be out of the playoffs as a whole.

I like the Bronco's chances. The defense has been great and something about Tebow has sparked the team. I think they have what it takes to beat the Chargers.

But, what happens if the Raiders beat the Lions or the Packers? If the Raiders then beat the Chargers, they win the division at 11-5.

If the Broncos also go 5-1 in that span (losing to the Patriots), they'll still very likely make a wild card at sixth seed. Provided that fifth seed goes to the Ravens or the Steelers, the sixth seed will likely come down to the Broncos, Bengals, and Jets.

The Broncos have beaten both of those teams.

There are obviously a ton of other factors that go into a playoff berth, but I've only explored the most plausible scenario.

I can't say for sure what would happen if other scenarios played out, but I think it will somehow end up going in Tebow's favor. Good things happen around the guy.

I understand this line of thinking isn't very analytical, but call it a hunch.

I know I want the Broncos to make the playoffs. A playoff with Tim Tebow would be all the more interesting.

And after all, wouldn't it be very characteristic of Tebow to respond to his haters with a playoff berth?


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