Rapid Reaction: Broncos 17, Jets 13

November, 17, 2011
11/17/11
11:45
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DENVER – A look at a game in which the Tim Tebow legend grew.

What it means: Thanks to an incredible final drive led by Tebow, the Broncos are right in the AFC West mix. Denver has won four of its past five games since Tebow has taken over. It is now 5-5 and it served notice to division leader Oakland, which is 5-4 and needs to win at Minnesota on Sunday to remain alone in first place. The Chargers and Chiefs are both 4-5. Believe or not, folks, Denver is a legitimate threat in this division.

Tomorrow’s talker: Tebow came alive in the fourth quarter after playing terribly. Until Denver’s final drive, it had more points than completions. Tebow then led Denver 95 yards on 12 plays in 4 minutes, 50 seconds. Tebow scored the game-winning touchdown on a beautiful 20-yard scramble with 58 seconds left. Whether he is good or not for most of the game, Tebow is making Denver a winner.

Denver D better: The Broncos’ defense is much improved and deserves a lot of credit for this victory. Head coach John Fox and defensive coordinator Dennis Allen are doing nice work. This unit has long been a problem area for the Broncos, but it can keep them in games.

Miller time: Denver rookie linebacker Von Miller looked great, recording 1.5 sacks to push his season total to 9.5. He might challenge Jevon Kearse’s rookie sack record of 14.5 sacks, set in 1998.

Defensive scores: Andre Goodman’s interception return for a touchdown was Denver’s second pick-six this season. It had none during the past four seasons combined.

What’s next: Denver plays Nov. 27 at San Diego, which is 4-5 and has lost four in a row heading into its game Sunday at Chicago.

Bill Williamson | email

ESPN Oakland Raiders reporter

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