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Numbers Never Lie: Tim Tebow

Tim Tebow is completing just 45.5 percent of his passes this season, but he’s tallied 11 touchdowns (passing and rushing) and has thrown just one interception.

The Broncos are 5-1 since he became the starter.

Sounds like the perfect case study for ESPN2’s Numbers Never Lie (weekdays at 3:30 p.m. ET).

NNL co-hosts Michael Smith and Charissa Thompson recently combed through the data:

4 – Career game-winning drives by Tebow
28 – Tebow’s rank in win probability added this season (via AdvancedNFLStats.com)
5 – Denver’s NFL standing in time of possession since Tebow became the starter this season
30 – Denver’s rank in time of possession before Tebow became the starter

“That’s the most fascinating element of Tim Tebow,” said Jamie Horowitz, ESPN coordinating producer.

“One set of numbers suggests he stinks and validates everything the skeptics say. But another set of numbers support all the Tebow believers and suggest he is the singular reason the Broncos win.

“The decidedly ambiguous numbers are exactly why we created Numbers Never Lie. There is nothing more interesting — and perplexing — to debate.

To read more about Tebow, see this ESPN.com AFC West blog post and latest edition of Page 2’s Tuesday Morning Quarterback.

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