Denver Broncos: Von Miller's Suspension Won't Hurt a Bit

By Ryan Heckman
Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

It was announced on Tuesday that Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller had been suspended for six games of the 2013 NFL season for violating the substance abuse policy. While Miller acknowledges that a positive drug test was not the reason for the suspension, many are wondering if that is the whole truth.

Regardless of the reason, Denver will be without their All Pro for the first six games and plenty of people are wondering how much it will affect the team. With opinions ranging from ‘a lot’ to ‘it’s not a big deal,’ I am here to let you know that I side with the latter.

Within the first six games, the Broncos play one team that made the playoffs last season — the Baltimore Ravens. With plenty off losses this offseason on both sides of the ball, I believe the Broncos will win their opener against the defending Super Bowl champions.

The following five games are against the New York Giants, Oakland Raiders, Philadelphia Eagles, Dallas Cowboys and Jacksonville Jaguars — all of which are very winnable games.

The biggest threat out of those teams is probably the Giants, but wideout Victor Cruz’s health is a question mark at the moment. The rest of those teams have tons of questions and inconsistencies which will be exposed against a potent team like Denver.

Maybe the defense gives up a couple more points, sure. But I would guess Peyton Manning and company will still be able to put at least 30 points on the board at any given moment.

Listen, Miller is one of the best in the business, hands down. His presence only furthers the Broncos ahead of the pack in the AFC. Without him, I believe they are still the favorite. With him, they are by far the favorite. It’s going to be a bit different without him on the field, but in the long run his suspension is not going to affect the team in the least bit.

Ryan Heckman is a Senior Writer for RantSports.comFollow him on Twitter  @ryanmheckman, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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