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Tim Tebow, Broncos Should Be North of .500 by Two Games After Week 13
The Tim Tebow(notes) express struck again this past Sunday, when the second-year Denver Broncos quarterback led his team to a 16-13 overtime victory over the reeling San Diego Chargers (4-7), who're mired in a six-game losing streak.
Once Chargers kicker Nick Novak's(notes) 53-yard field goal attempt went wide right in OT, Denver (6-5) took over and found itself well within Matt Prater's(notes) optimal range of escaping San Diego with the win via field goal after Tebow picked up 16 yards on a pair of rushes and running back Willis McGahee's(notes) 24-yard run. Prater knocked the ball through the uprights from 37 yards out to clinch it for Denver, which will play the 2-9 Minnesota Vikings on Sunday at the Metrodome.
While the Vikings are in the NFC North, they're really in the NFL's "Suck for [Andrew] Luck" division. Too bad for Minnesota, though, the Indianapolis Colts (0-11) are running away with that division by having an imperfect season. Regardless, since the Vikings are bad enough to contend for Stanford University's stud quarterback—projected as next year's first overall pick—Denver will be expected to up its winning streak to five games this weekend.
Speaking of expectations, it's amazing how much can change in a month and a half. The Broncos went from being stuck with Tebow at 2-5 earlier this season to playoff contenders.
The AFC West-leading Oakland Raiders (7-4) will pay the Miami Dolphins (3-8) a visit on Sunday, so Tebow and his teammates will likely still be looking up at Oakland in the standings. Denver's chance to catch Oakland—should each team still be separated by one game after Week 13—will come in Week 14. That week, the Broncos host the Chicago Bears while Oakland plays the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field.
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