Some would say the Denver Broncos won 18-15 in overtime Oct. 23 because the Miami Dolphins choked that game away. Others will say it is because second-year quarterback Tim Tebow has something special.
Whatever the case may be, the Broncos won, and I expect more wins. As long as Tebow is under center, the Broncos will win. He brings energy, heart and passion to a team and fan base that has been in hibernation for about three years. However, with all this energy he is bringing to this team, what will their record be in the remaining 10 games?
I think the Denver Broncos will be looking up a mile high. In other words, the near future looks brighter.
The Detroit Lions have been the darling of the NFL this season, but their run defense has not lived up to the expectations this season. I expect a big game from the new three-headed monster of Willis McGahee, Knowshon Moreno and Tim Tebow. They will run up and down on the Lions defense.
Recently, the black hole has been a place where the Broncos have had a hard time winning, and Broncos nation should expect another loss in Oakland.
Carson Palmer, who came in for Kyle Boller and threw for 116 yards, will make his first start as a Raider, and Oakland’s running game will be back and ready to run over the Broncos again. The game should be tighter than last year’s loss in Oakland.
Arrowhead Stadium is a place where victory does not point in the Broncos’ favor. Although the Chiefs have struggled this season, the Broncos will not win in Kansas City. The reason why they will lose? The Broncos are playing in Kansas City.
On what should be a cool night at Sports Authority Field at Mile High, the Broncos will play against the New York Jets on a Thursday night showdown. Although the Jets won here last season, the Broncos’ defense will not get another controversial pass-interference call that will cost them the game. Tebow will find a way to help Denver get its fourth victory of the season.
San Diego is the most talented team in this division, and unless this a playoff game, the Chargers win at home against Denver. I expect a similar trend, Philip Rivers will tear up the Broncos’ secondary during the whole game, and the Broncos will have a dismal 4-7 record.
For the Broncos to beat the Minnesota Vikings, they need to stop Adrian Peterson. Although that may seem like a tall order, the Broncos have had a history of stopping good running backs not named Darren McFadden.
Plus, the Vikings have an inexperienced quarterback in Christian Ponder, which usually means success for the Broncos. Denver will get their fifth victory of the season.
If Josh McDaniels were still here, the game against Chicago would have an interesting storyline, the return of former Colorado State quarterback Caleb Hanie (just kidding). It is actually the return of Jay Cutler, who was traded to Chicago for Kyle Orton. This game will make Broncos fans forget about Jay Cutler and Kyle Orton as the Broncos will win this one.
Tom Brady returns to Denver, and the last time he was here, the Broncos won in overtime. I expect the Broncos to dominate against the porous Patriots defense. For all we know, the Broncos may have another overtime victory.
It should be a cold game in Buffalo, where the Bills could be in a playoff race by then. Although Denver will play better down the stretch, the Bills will win this one.
Finally, the Chiefs come to town, and the Broncos will play for a .500 season. Tim Tebow will lead the Broncos to a victory and an 8-8 record.
Tim Tebow will help Denver win six of their final 10 games by season’s end. He will also prove to be the franchise quarterback, Denver’s first one since John Elway.