Expectations are higher than ever for the Denver Broncos and the New York Jets. Peyton Manning had nothing but good things to say about Tim Tebow before taking his job. Will the spiritual young quarterback follow a path of revenge?
Tebow only has wishes to help Mark Sanchez and New York Jets win
If people just listened to the words Tebow spoke, they would never believe the young man had an ounce of malice in his heart. Then again, if those same people watched how competitive he is on game days then they'd have to reconsider. That's the Tebow the New York Jets wanted when they traded for him. He's the player they want to push starter Mark Sanchez into playing like the franchise quarterback they pay him for. That doesn't mean Tim Tebow doesn't have his own agenda. While Jets fans wonder where he will stand at the end of the 2012 season, Tebowmania may hit a new lane in the road of pro football. He may hit the revenge lane. While he spoke at a special Easter sermon in Texas, the devout Christian stated winning or losing wasn't as important as honoring his Lord and savior, Jesus Christ. Perhaps that's true. However, there might now be another god he has his eye on should the Jets return to the playoffs.
Manning makes the Denver Broncos instant Super Bowl contenders
Peyton Manning is as close to a deity as a player ever gets in pro sports. His presence alone on the Denver Broncos has already put them in NFL playoffs and even Super Bowl conversations. That mystique was the only thing that could've driven Tebowmania out of Denver. Manning said if Tebow wasn't traded he would've become the best teammate possible to make sure the Broncos won football games. Now the future Hall of Fame quarterback could have a final reckoning at hand should the Broncos and Jets meet in the postseason, a juicy possibility that football fans drool over. Not that a vengeful Tebow would worry a 14-year veteran like Manning. His storied preparation for each season has made rivalries below his mindset. All he cares about is winning.
No one can predict where the New York Jets or Denver Broncos will stand at the end of the 2012 season. Tim Tebow might still sit behind Mark Sanchez on the depth chart. Peyton Manning could hurt his neck and again and be forced to retire. One thing is for sure. Knowing the NFL the way hardcore fans do, things always tend to shape around the storylines. Perhaps there is none bigger than a playoffs grudge match between Tebow and Peyton.