The Denver Broncos are still regarded as one of the favorites to come out of the AFC in 2013 despite all the mishaps that have happened so far, including the six-game suspension of star pass rusher Von Miller.
A problem like that can impact a franchise in one of two ways. The best-case scenario for the Broncos is that in their opening six games, Miller won’t be missed much and they skate through with a 4-2 record. Miller then returns and they light up the rest of their schedule to finish the season 13-3.
Additionally, legendary quarterback Peyton Manning builds up some solid chemistry with newly-acquired Wes Welker and as a result, Welker has no drop in play and keeps on building up on his hyper stats he’s had since 2007 when he came to the New England Patriots.
Now onto the bad. While Miller is serving his suspension, something happens to Manning like another neck injury, and he is sidelined for the rest of the season. Second year quarterback Brock Osweiler, who only threw four passes so far in his career, has to come in and lead this Broncos team who is without its defensive and offensive leaders.
If this scenario were to happen, the Broncos would likely finish 7-9 and miss the playoffs, and they might be looking for a new quarterback in the 2014 NFL draft if Osweiler doesn’t look like the answer.