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FF Outlook: Tim Tebow’s NFL Debut A Success

OAKLAND, CA - DECEMBER 19: Tim Tebow  of the Denver Broncos celebrates after he ran in for a touchdown against the Oakland Raiders at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on December 19, 2010 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

The Denver Broncos finally changed quarterbacks after Kyle Orton’s dead arm forced him to stay on the sidelines. For the past few weeks, Denver’s offense struggled to find the end zone, and one could only hope rookie Tim Tebow would be ready to help his team win against the Raiders.

Coming in to Tebow’s debut, NFL fans and fantasy football owners alike must have felt the team would rely on running back Knowshon Moreno to lead the way on the ground. A strong running game would ensure that Tebow would be positioned to make high percentage plays, and thus give Denver a chance to atone for their embarrassing loss to the Raiders earlier this season.

Unfortunately for the Broncos, Moreno suffered an injury early in the game and wasn’t able to return. On the bright side, we saw Tebow make some big time plays, like his 40-yard touchdown run and a dazzling 33-yard touchdown pass to Brandon Lloyd.

Not only did Tebow find the end zone, but his natural leadership and physical play seemed to carry over to his teammates, as the Broncos seemed to have a higher energy on both sides of the football.

Spirited play like this is exactly what this organization needs after a disappointing season and the firing of Head Coach Josh McDaniels.

NFL & Fantasy Outlook Going Forward

While the Broncos came up on the short end of the game, I can only hope that Tebow continues as the starting quarterback to finish the season. Next week, the Broncos will face off against the Texans and that matchup will give Tebow a chance to build on his 50 percent completion rating.

We all know Tebow can run, but finding success in the passing game would give Tebow and the Broncos something to build on going into the off-season. At this time, Tebow isn’t a fantasy option, as the Broncos should stay with the ground game, but receiver Brandon Lloyd should remain as a starter for fantasy football championship weekend.

From an NFL stand point, I can only hope Tebow continues to build on his successful first outing. His team may not have won the game, but with strong leadership and productive play they could find themselves in a much better situation in future years.

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