Keeping the Faith

Keeping the Faith

With many football fans questioning whether the Jets would find the end zone in their home opener, Gang Green's offensive outburst was one of the biggest surprises of Week One in the NFL.

He may have taken a backseat to Mark Sanchez's rousing performance on opening day, but Wildcat quarterback Tim Tebow is pleased with his team's win all the same.

"It was fun," admitted Tebow of the Jets 48-28 romping of the Bills. "To be a part of a win like this is exciting. Opening for us, it's a big game. I'm proud of my teammates for their effort and the fans coming out and supporting us. It was a fun day."

In spite of a torrent of criticism and negativity following a dismal offensive output this preseason, Tebow and company kept the faith and their hard work came to fruition during Sunday's 48-28 destruction of the Buffalo Bills.

"The whole time we believed in ourselves and the offense and Coach (Tony) Sparano and everything," said Tebow. "The whole time we were game-planning and preparing. I feel like we were confident coming in. Guys just stepped up and executed as a unit. I'm proud of everyone."

And everyone chipped in on Sunday as the Jets collected touchdowns from their special teams unit, defense, running game and passing game. New York was firing on all cylinders overwhelming a Bills squad that was pegged by many football experts as a viable playoff contender this year. According to Tebow, the Jets took advantage of Buffalo's early miscues and got the home crowd on their side.

"It's exciting," admitted Tebow. "I think momentum is huge in this game. When you're able to get the momentum and capitalize on big plays, which we did, and continue to get big plays on defense, you kind of get that "big mo" going and it makes things a little bit easier."

Tebow leading New York's Wildcat set

Tebow carried the ball five times for just 11 yards as the Bills held New York's Wildcat attack at bay throughout the contest. Even though his specialty package was bottled up in the Jets season opener, Tebow was encouraged by a few productive runs and continues to aim for improvement.

"After a little bit, we didn't show too much," remarked Tebow of the Jets' Wildcat offense. "We were able to get in there and have some efficient plays. Obviously, we would have liked to break one open (for a touchdown), but I think it'll continue to develop."

Rick Laughland covers the New York Jets for

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