Is Tim Tebow a serious candidate for the NFL MVP this season? I doubt most voters would believe that, but we already see pushes around the Internet for a Tebow candidacy. He's now 6-1 this season and has a five-game winning streak. Before Sunday's 35-32 victory over the Minnesota Vikings, the Broncos defense had played a large role in ushering Tebow to those wins.
But on Sunday we saw Tebow improve as a passer and find a solid rapport with Demaryius Thomas for four receptions, 144 yards and two touchdown passes. All four of those passes that Tebow and Thomas connected on were important events, the two non-touchdown receptions setting up other scores.
After struggling with his passing game in previous weeks, Tebow did finish 10-of-15 for 202 yards and two touchdown passes. It's not as flashy as Aaron Rodgers throwing for nearly 370 yards and four touchdown passes (as he did against the New York Giants on Sunday), but it was effective nonetheless.
If one wants to argue what "valuable" means in MVP, Tebow is the player most likely to fuel that debate. We can't play what ifs here. We know that the Broncos are winning with him and maybe, just maybe, his leadership is fueling all of this, from the improved defense to the late comebacks. MVP? I'm not sure, but he certainly looks to be the team's MVP.
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