It's gotten to the point where it's funny, at least for Broncos fans. Denver's 17-13 win over the Jets will no doubt boost sales of those Tim Tebow Jesus jerseys, as well as more comparisons between The Chosen One and His Lord and Savior, and that's understandable. After all, JC's well known for raising the dead, and lately, Tebow has been doing the same thing every damn week. But unlike his Idol, Tebow was responsible for nearly killing the body in the first place.
Again last night, Tebow was at his most competent during the first series of the game -- he completed three passes! out of nine total! -- and the last, when he willed the Broncos to a winning score thanks to the power of his feet and his crazy nerve. But in between, the squad's offense was so jaw-droppingly inept that it physically hurt to witness; I had more fun watching Melancholia.
Example: As noted on KOA radio this morning, the Broncos managed just 75 yards during the ten possessions prior to the last one, in which they racked up 95 -- with Tebow gaining the majority of it, including the last twenty for a score.
Of course, that last five minutes made up for the gruesome display that preceded it. Who, other than Jets die-hards, didn't crack up at the sight of New York coach Rex Ryan looking as dazed by Tebow's score as if someone had clubbed him in the head with a two-by-four?
Meanwhile, the Broncos defense again came up big. True, Mark Sanchez has been in a slump lately, and the Denver offense's incompetence seemed to lull him to sleep. But as in the three Denver victories (over Miami, Oakland and Kansas City) that preceded the contest, the D demonstrated a bracing toughness exemplified by super-rookie Von Miller, who is looking like a freaking draft steal at this point. And that pick six by Andre Goodman didn't hurt matters, either.
Still, much of the fun for NFL Network viewers in this time zone came after the final whistle blew. First, Tebow walked away from reporters and correspondents to join a giant prayer circle that included players from both teams. Next, he kept the net's gaggle of commentators waiting while he casually strolled around the field, signing autographs. And when he finally sat down with Rich Eisen, Marshall Faulk, Michael Irvin, Steve Mariucci and Deion Sanders, he found himself barraged by questions along the lines of... Next, he kept the net's gaggle of commentators waiting while he casually strolled around the field, signing autographs. And when he finally sat down with Rich Eisen, Marshall Faulk, Michael Irvin, Steve Mariucci and Deion Sanders, he found himself barraged by questions along the lines of "What do you say to receivers who desperately want the ball and never get it?" and "Don't you wish you could throw like Tom Brady?" -- and he didn't let it bother him a bit.
Through the entire interview, on view below, Tebow dodged queries like a practiced politician, continually praising his teammates (and, of course, the Man seated at the right hand of the Father), pledging to work hard, promising to get better, shrugging off the haters in favor of those who adore him, and -- oh yeah -- getting in a plug for the hospital his foundation is building in the Philippines.
Afterward, Eisen and company were as flummoxed as before, and no wonder. There's no explaining how Tebow has managed to manufacture four wins in five starts this season, to the point where they're tied in the win column with the Raiders for the division lead (!). Logic suggests there's no way this can continue, especially with the next game is in San Diego against the Chargers. But logic has meant nothing thus far.
Right now, Tebow appears to be an awesomely terrible NFL quarterback -- except when it comes to victories. With Kyle Orton calling signals, the Broncos didn't have a prayer. They have one now. In fact, they've got a whole (good) book full of them.
Look below to see three videos: Tebow's late touchdown (and celebratory Tebowing), the prayer circle as shot by a viewer, and the aforementioned post-game NFL Network interview.
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