As the Vikings prepare for Sunday’s Week 13 game with Denver at Mall of America Field, here’s a look at a handful of eye-opening figures and facts. (And guess what: this week’s Go Figure may have contracted a mild case of Tebowmania.)
Scoring drives led by Denver quarterback Tim Tebow in the fourth quarter or overtime of his six starts this season. Tebow helped spark a 38-yard overtime drive that resulted in a game-winning 37-yard field goal by Matt Prater in Sunday’s 16-13 win in San Diego. Ten days earlier, he led a 95-yard touchdown drive and scored on a 20-yard run with 58 seconds to play to upset the Jets 17-13. For what it’s worth, Tebow has led more touchdown drives in the fourth quarter of his six starts (seven in all) than he has in the first three quarters combined (six).
Rushing yards per game averaged by Tebow in his six starts. Project Tebow’s rushing production out over 16 games and he’d be on pace to total 1,115 rushing yards and five rushing touchdowns. This week, he will go up against a Vikings defense that ranks ninth in the NFL against the run, allowing 99.6 yards per game. The Vikings have, however, allowed an average of 121.3 rushing yards per game over the past six contests.
Total yards accumulated by Tebow during his last start inside a dome. That came back in college at the 2010 Sugar Bowl. Tebow led Florida to a 51-24 defeat of Cincinnati, completing 31 of 35 pass attempts for 482 yards and three touchdowns. Tebow also rushed for 51 yards and a TD in that contest. It is worth noting that Tebow made a preseason cameo at Mall of America Field as a rookie and went 12-for-16 for 167 yards in a back-up role during a 31-24 loss to the Vikings.
Tebow’s completion percentage this season, far and away the worst of any starting quarterback in the NFL. He has yet to have a game in which he has completed more than half of his passes. In Denver’s current four-game winning streak he is 30-for-67 for 440 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions.
Common opponents faced by the Vikings and Broncos this season. Both teams have already played San Diego, Detroit, Kansas City, Green Bay and Oakland. The Broncos are 3-4 in games against those opponents, their wins coming over San Diego, Kansas City and Oakland. The Vikings are 0-6.
Score of Florida’s 2008 victory over Florida State in the only game Tebow and Christian Ponder faced head-to-head. Tebow, then a junior, was 12-for-21 for 185 yards and three touchdowns in that game while also adding 92 yards and a score on the ground. Ponder, just a sophomore at the time, was 5-for-14 for 60 yards with two interceptions in the loss and was benched for Drew Weatherford in the second half.