5 Reasons The Denver Broncos Will Win The Super Bowl
5 Reasons The Denver Broncos Will Win It All
The Denver Broncos have been playing elite level football for the last 6 quarters. During the last 6 quarters they have managed to make history on Monday Night Football by overcoming a 24-0 half time deficit over the San Diego Chargers and then played four dominant quarters versus the New Orleans Saints on Sunday Night Football the week after their bye.
It looks like the Broncos used their bye week to greatly improve several areas that needed to be fixed. The Broncos had been struggling during the first halves of games, were lacking a serious No. 2 running threat, giving up too much rushing yards, and giving up big plays in the secondary due to trying to make a risky play and the lack of great man to man coverage with help from a pass rush.
In the third and fourth quarters versus the Chargers and after the bye versus the Saints everything seems to be coming together for the 2nd half of the season.
The Broncos are starting to look like a Super Bowl contender. There are five reasons why I think they have been able make this huge turn around and these reasons are why they will win the Super Bowl this season.
I will discuss on the next few pages how the Broncos organization, their rushing offense, their defense, playing together as a team, and the acquisition of QB Peyton Manning has turned this Broncos team into the elite team that they have been striving to have since John Elway who is the vice president of football operations was the QB for the Broncos.
The Denver organization has been on a mission ever since John Elway has joined the team. Owner Pat Bowlen got Elway to join as the vice president of football operations and Elway has been trying to get the right pieces for the Broncos to contend for a Super Bowl and it looks like it's starting to pay off. One of the moves that have been a positive move for the Broncos is the hiring of head coach John Fox. He is one of the master minds in the NFL and in his second season with the Broncos it is starting to show.
I think all three of these guys will continue to show their worth to the team and all three would also agree that bringing in a future Hall of Famer like Manning was the most important move they have made so far.
One of the factors that Manning considered when choosing a team in free agency was their rushing attack. If Manning wanted a team that could establish a run game then it must be pretty important for a team to make a run at a Super Bowl.
In the first 6 weeks the Broncos showed some flashes of being a great running team with RB Willis McGahee, but they were lacking a solid No. 2 running back they could compliment and spell McGahee. In recent weeks rookie RB Ronnie Hillman has filled that role nicely and he along with McGahee will give the Broncos the running game they need to win a Super Bowl.
McGahee has rushed 123 times for 554 yards which is a 4.5 yard per carry average and has 126 receiving yards. He has also scored 4 rushing touchdowns. McGaehee is on pace for about 1,300 yards and 9 touchdowns. Hillman broke out against the Saints when he rushed 14 times for 86 yards which is a 6.1 yard per carry average.
Manning's near perfect passing opens up tons of running room for the backs and will continue to help with their success.
The Broncos' defense has been pretty solid all year other than some big plays they have given up. The Broncos have been playing a lot better man to man coverage down the field and getting to the opposing QBs quicker so that the opponents do not have enough time to make big plays down the field.
In their two last games the Broncos only gave up 213 yards passing to the Chargers and QB Phillip Rivers, 90 yards rushing on 27 carries versus the Chargers, and recorded 4 sacks, 4 interceptions, and 3 forced fumbles. Then against the Saints the Broncos only allowed QB Drew Brees 213 yards, 51 rushing yards, 1 sack, 1 interception, and 1 forced fumble.
In these two games the defense has looked great and I think they have been good enough to help take this team to a Super Bowl victory. Manning seems to take pressure off the defense and allow them to play fundamentally sound defense without having to take big risks to win a game on their own. He also controls the balls which in turn allow the defense to get plenty of rest during a game.
The Broncos seem to be playing together as a team from the top of the organization down to the backup players which is always the most important part to be a NFL Super Bowl champion. It all starts with a great leader which Manning is and then it has to translate on the field. The Broncos seem to be clicking on all cylinders with every phase of the game. I do not see any reason why they shouldn't have as good of a shot as anyone to win it all this season.
Acquisition of Peyton Manning
If you haven't noticed, Manning has been a part of every reason as to why the Broncos will win it all this season. It all starts with the organization going all in and making the move to bring the 36 year old Manning to the Broncos even after several neck surgeries.
Manning has put in tons of hard work and if you want to play with him you’re going to have to work hard as well. These things have transformed the Broncos tremendously.
It has been a while since the Broncos' running game has had lanes to run in like they do when Manning is under center. The defense can relax and play without the pressure of having to make a play because the offense probably will not. There is a real feel of a team. It takes a team to be great, but every team must have a great leader to be a great team. I believe there is not a better leader than Manning.
Just think about it--this guy has been great for a long time. They say you get wiser every day. The older you are the wiser you are. This guy has not been beating people with his ability near as much as he has with his smart play and study habits.