Ho hum, it was just another Denver Broncos blowout win on Sunday, one that stretched their season winning streak to ten games, but not a lot of people in the national media took the time to notice. It could be that it was against the lowly Cleveland Browns and it wasn’t as scintillating of a matchup compared to other games around the league but I think it’s because of another reason.
Compared to last year’s team this Broncos squad is playing so well that it’s almost boring to watch every week.
Now I’m not complaining because having a team that plays consistent and wins every week is a lot less stressful than not knowing which team will show up each week in and week out.
Especially compared to last year’s Broncos team, with QB Tim Tebow under center, Broncos fans had no idea how the game was going to play out. Even a so-called “easy win” wouldn’t live up to the billing because, although the defense would often play consistent and hold opposing team’s to low point totals, the offense would usually sputter and need late magic to pull out a victory. However, Tebow’s late game magic was also part of the appeal of last year, never knowing what was going to happen made the games more suspenseful with the outcome in question until the very last seconds.
This year it is a whole different story. Broncos Executive vice president John Elway went out and brought in one of the most consistent quarterbacks to ever play the game, Peyton Manning. Sure, Elway liked Tebow but he never fully bought into the sporadic quarterback, opting instead for the more dependable Mr. Manning.
He might go down as the best regular season quarterback in NFL history. On Sunday, after the Broncos defeated the Browns 34-12 for their 12th victory of the season, it marked the ninth time that a team with Manning under center reached at least 12 wins in the regular season, the most all-time.
Manning and the Broncos scored at least 30 points for the 10th time this season and their average margin of victory during their winning streak is 13.6 points. Both the offense and defense are in the top five of the NFL in scoring and since their stunning comeback win against the San Diego Chargers way back in Week 6, when the win streak began, they have not been tested.
Each week the Broncos know what they are getting with Manning even though the quarterback won’t agree. He still says that there are some physical limitations and that he’s not the quarterback he used to be but it’s hard to see that in his performances. Manning is having a career year throwing for 4,355 yards and 34 TDs, while the Broncos are 12-3 and fighting for the top seed in the AFC.
So are the Broncos really that boring to watch?