- James Walker, ESPN Staff Writer
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Tim Tebow is back in the AFC East. I'm sure everyone in our community is excited and couldn't get enough of Round 1 of Tebow-mania last season with the New York Jets. So now it's time for Round 2 of Tebow with the New England Patriots.
Of course, Tebow first must compete this summer and make the 53-man roster. In the event he does, here are five games worth highlighting this season:
Game No. 1: vs. New York Jets, Week 2
Date: Sept. 12
Tebow tie-in: Rest assured that Tebow would love to get some revenge against the Jets. Last season was a disaster, and a strong case can be made that Tebow never got a fair shake from New York and coach Rex Ryan. Tebow could show the Jets what they're missing by contributing. The Jets have a chance to lose to former players Darrelle Revis and Tebow in Games 1 and 2. That would be an awful way for the Jets to start the 2013 season.
Game No. 2: at Jets, Week 7
Date: Oct. 20
Tebow tie-in: Tebow returns to New York. This is where Tebow-mania was on steroids last year. Many Jets fans wanted Tebow to play in place of Mark Sanchez, but that never materialized. They could get a chance to see Tebow on the field in another uniform.
Game No. 3: vs. Pittsburgh Steelers, Week 9
Date: Nov. 3
Tebow tie-in: The biggest win of Tebow's NFL career came against the Steelers in the wild-card round of the 2011 playoffs while he was with Denver. Tebow threw for 316 yards and two touchdowns in a 29-23 overtime victory. Some Steelers players say they respect Tebow because he proved himself on the field in a big playoff game. Tebow may get to face Pittsburgh's physical defense for the first time since that memorable game.
Game No. 4: vs. Denver Broncos, Week 12
Date: Nov. 24
Tebow tie-in: This is another game Tebow should circle on his calendar. Tebow was riding high in Denver after the 2011 season until Peyton Manning came to town. The Broncos quickly traded Tebow to the Jets and went with the future Hall of Famer. Tebow’s career arc began to drop after that. He wouldn’t mind performing well against Manning and Denver in some capacity this season. The Broncos will have Wes Welker going to Foxborough in this game, and he will be looking for his own measure of revenge.
Game No. 5: at Miami Dolphins, Week 15
Date: Dec. 15
Tebow tie-in: This is the second game between the Patriots and Dolphins this season. But why is this game more important? First, it’s a December matchup between the top two teams (on paper) in the AFC East. That means playoff positioning and possibly a division title might be at stake. Second, Tebow had one of his best moments in Miami in 2011, when he played poorly for three quarters, then staged a miraculous fourth-quarter and overtime comeback. Tebow went on to lead Denver to the postseason and the playoff win over Pittsburgh.