Lions Get Their First Crack at Tim Tebow on Saturday Night

Tim Tebow drops back for a pass against the Cincinnati Bengals (Source:

No football follower can escape the Tim Tebow craze that seemingly began the second he stepped foot on the University of Florida’s campus. Fans that hoped to see it end as a result of his graduation were in for a rude awakening when the Denver Broncos made Tebow the 25th overall pick in the 2010 NFL draft.

Some will root for him to succeed, some will root for him to fail, but most probably won’t care. Fans in Detroit may care for a day, however, because the Lions will travel to Denver to face Tebow and the Broncos on Saturday night.

So what can Lions fans (and the second and third-team defense) expect to see? If Tebow’s first preseason game is any indication, we will see something much better than Tebow’s training camp haircut. Kim Constantinesco from Predominantly Orange was encouraged by what she saw:

Sharing the spotlight with Orton tonight was Tim Tebow. He made his NFL debut late in the third quarter and performed well going 8-13 for 105 yards and 1 rushing touchdown. The nerves were probably riding high for him as the rest of the country watched his new throwing motion, delivery, and his accuracy.

The most interesting thing for me will be to see how Tim Tebow, who may or may not be an NFL quarterback, handles the Lions secondary, which may or may not actually include NFL talent. The side that emerges with the upper hand will have done a lot to answer their critics in the affirmative.

Tebow certainly has the most to lose and probably the least to gain. The big name, polarizing personality, and expectations that come with being a first round draft pick dwarf the headline power of the Lions secondary depth. Tim Tebow will benefit from not having to face the Lions number one pass rush, a unit that looked more than capable against the Steelers. The Lions that do see the field against Tebow will surely be licking their chops for a chance to sack, hit, or intercept one of football’s biggest names.

[8/19/10 Update: Tebow may miss Saturday's game due to a rib injury]

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