When the 2012 National Football League got underway, there was a lot of talk of how Peyton Manning would do after a year off, four surgeries and signing with the Denver Broncos. Manning has exceeded expectations and now has the Broncos with the top seed in the AFC going into the playoffs next weekend. Denver had a brutal early part of their schedule which the Broncos survived and cruised through the AFC West. Every team in the AFC now must fear going to Denver for the playoffs.
The weather in Denver is about an unpredictable as it gets and while it will be interesting to see how Manning fares in his first year there, it is going to be nearly impossible for teams to win in the Mile High city with Manning and the Denver defense. There could be a match-up with the New England Patriots and Tom Brady in the AFC Championship game upcoming as well with New England having the No. 2 seed. Who wouldn’t want to see another Manning-Brady match-up?
It looks like the AFC goes through Denver and I wouldn’t be surprised at all if Denver ends up being the AFC team in the Super Bowl on Feb. 3 in New Orleans. The Broncos are just rolling along right now behind the strong arm of Manning and a defense that doesn’t allow much to opposing teams. I’m sure there are Broncos fans everywhere who couldn’t be more pleased that Manning is their quarterback and now Tim Tebow right now because Manning has Denver back on the verge of a Super Bowl.
Andy Schmidt is a columnist/writer for RantSports. Follow him on Twitter @ASchmidtSports or like his Facebook page.