Tebow makes believers of us all

Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow throws against the New York Giants in their NFL football game...

Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow throws against the New York Giants in their NFL football game in Denver November 17, 2011. (REUTERS/Rick Wilking)

MIKE RUTSEY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:11 PM ET

I watched Tim Tebow pull one out of the fire Thursday night. You can now count me as a believer.

Love him or hate him you can’t deny the fact that right now Tim Tebow is the best theatre there is in the National Football League.

For the majority of the game, Tebow and the Denver Broncos could do little against the New York Jets. Most of that fell on Tebow who may be the absolute worst passer there has ever been in the history of the league.

His mechanics are terrible, his accuracy awful.

But when the Broncos needed him the most, when the game was on the line, Tebow rose to the occasion and drove them down the field, a total of 95 yards. He ended his night by dashing around the left side for a 20-yard TD run to provide the Broncos with the stunning 17-13 victory.

What Tebow brings to a team cannot be measured by all the tests they run at the NFL combine.

What he brings are the virtues that can’t be measured, virtues such as heart and character, the will to succeed, the ability to focus and of course the faith he has in himself and the greater powers that be.

In a short span — he has led the Broncos to a 4-1 record since taking over the quarterback duties from Kyle Orton — he has shown the ability to be an inspiration, a leader, a winner.

Following his game-winning touchdown, TV shots of Broncos head coach John Fox showed a look of relief and reverence, a satisfaction that he had a quarterback who had the real stuff, had the juice, the mojo, whatever you want to call it.

It was in stark contrast to the shot of Jets head coach Rex Ryan strolling the sideline. Ryan is usually over- exuberant, bubbling with bluster and enthusiasm. But after Tebow’s touchdown he looked totally deflated, his head down and shaking from side to side, his hands flapping in utter disbelief. Just how, he probably thought, do you beat a legend in the making.

Right now Tebow’s confidence, his spirituality, is rubbing off on his teammates. He believes and they believe in him. It is as simple as that and it makes them all focus harder, play tougher, pull together.

He has become the Broncos’ Joan of Arc, their El Cid and they are rallying around him, a quarterback that appears to be mythical and mystical at the same time.

Whether Tebow can continue to pull miracles out of his hat, given his lack of throwing skills remains to be seen. Right now, though, he’s the best show in town.

JETS CRASHING

While Tebow’s stock soars, the bottom has fallen out for Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez.

When the Jets needed him the most on Thursday he failed to deliver and it was his pick-six in the third quarter that allowed the Broncos to get back into the game.

His problems in being unable to provide a lift for his team, his inability to carry the team at crunch time, were only heightened and made all the more obvious by what Tebow was able to accomplish for the Broncos.

Having already conceded the division title to New England following their second loss to the Patriots last week, head coach Rex Ryan announced after the defeat to Denver that if they wanted to earn a wild-card berth, they can’t afford to lose another game.

“Our playoffs start next week,” Ryan said. “We’ve got to find a way to beat Buffalo.”

With the loss to Denver, the Jets’ record fell to 5-5 and put their playoff hopes in jeopardy. One wild-card spot is almost certain to come from the AFC North where Baltimore and Cincinnati are tied for second behind the 7-3 Pittsburgh Steelers, both clubs having 6-3 records. It’s quite possible that both wild-card teams will emerge from that division.

The Jets’ remaining schedule is no breeze as following their home date against the Bills, they are on the road at Washington, home to Kansas City, at Philadelphia and finally home to the Giants and Miami Dolphins. They most likely will have to run the table to have any chance to hit the playoffs and that’s a daunting task.

But to accomplish that Herculean task, the Jets need to get more out of Sanchez than they got Thursday.

“I lost the game,” Sanchez said. “I let the defence down, however you want to phrase it. It’s an embarrassing day by me.”

Sanchez may have done more than simply lose a game. He may have lost their season.

RAVENS’ LEWIS IFFY FOR SUNDAY

Nothing is official yet but the Cincinnati Bengals appear to have caught a major break as Baltimore Ravens veteran Pro Bowl middle linebacker Ray Lewis is not expected to play in Sunday’s game.

Lewis, the heart and soul of the Ravens’ rugged defence, is suffering a toe injury and it is expected that he could be out of action for a couple of weeks or longer.

A published report said Lewis, 36, visited a specialist in Florida for a second opinion, which confirmed the damage to his toe.

The Ravens, meanwhile, aren’t ready to throw in the towel, saying that it will be a game-time decision and Lewis will make the call.

“Ray may not go, he may go,” head coach John Harbaugh told reporters Friday. “The Bengals will have to prepare for him either way so it really doesn’t matter. Ray is Ray. You can’t count Ray out. There could be reports out there and you guys could turn over some rocks and figure out and ask, and think you have something, and you might have something. But you might not. We’re talking about Ray. We’ll find out on Sunday really.”

Lewis, a 12-time Pro Bowl selection and two-time defensive player of the year, has started 57 consecutive regular-season games dating back to 2007. This season, Lewis leads the Ravens with 49 solo tackles and 19 assists.

On Friday, he wasn’t available for comment.


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