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Posted at 03:46 PM ET, 10/11/2011

Bracing for Tim Tebow fever

Tim Tebow has apparently jumped three slots on Denver’s quarterback depth chart, and on Tuesday was named the Broncos’ starting
It’s time to start working on that Madden cover pose, Timmy. (Doug Pensinger - Getty Images)
quarterback moving forward. Tebow took over for (what’s a nice way to say “awful”?) Kyle Orton on Sunday against San Diego and ran for a touchdown, threw for another, and was an electrifying Hail-Mary attempt from completely erupting Sports Authority Field.

So, now that Tebow is officially the starter, let’s get ahead of ourselves and plot the trajectory of “Tebow Fever”.

October:Tebow merchandise goes through the roof. Kyle Orton is dropped in all fantasy leagues. Everyone suddenly realizes Tebow might be a fantasy sleeper (seven touchdowns in three starts last year), when they realize his rushing statistics for a quarterback are absurd.

Tebow wins his first start over the 0-5 Dolphins after being honored in front of both teams for his college accomplishments. He then pulls off a major upset at home, knocking off the previously-unbeaten Detroit Lions.

November: Tebow is on the cover of Sports Illustrated (that still matters, right?), and is not only owned in all fantasy leagues, but is one of the most coveted players. Rough spots here and there with a tough November schedule (at Oakland, at K.C., vs. Jets, at SD), but ends up splitting the games, improving Denver’s record to 5-6 (2-3 in division).

December: Tebow hits his fantasy peak with 300 yards passing at Minnesota to bring the Broncos back to .500 (6-6). After a let-down loss to Chicago, Tebow upsets the 10-3 Patriots at home after NBC flexes the game to “Sunday Night Football”. Tebow then ends Buffalo’s playoff hopes in the snow at Ralph Wilson Stadium, leading up to the last game of the season. Needing a win and major help, Tebow’s Broncos blow out the Ricky Stanzi-led Chiefs, but fall short of the playoffs due to numerous advanced tie-breakers (Jets sneak in). Broncos finish the season 9-7, after Tebow goes 8-3.

April: Say Hello to the never cover boy for Madden ‘13.

More Tebow coverage:

Early Lead: Tim Tebow named Broncos’ starter

Early Lead: It’s Tim Tebow time for Denver Broncos

The League: Tim Tebow deserves a shot at the Broncos’ starting quarterback job

By Sean Moroney  |  03:46 PM ET, 10/11/2011

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