It’s not how you start, but usually how you finish a season that determines a lot.
The Denver Broncos go into the bye week at 7-1. They are one game back of the Kansas City Chiefs for the division lead, so they are not too far behind. Not to mention, the Broncos are considered one of the strongest teams in the AFC according to many analysts and fans.
The Broncos’ great start is due to Peyton Manning‘s huge start statistically and this offensive powerhouse scoring at will. The defense has been questionable, but looked sharp in the game last weekend against the Washington Redskins.
The second half of the schedule for the Broncos is a bit challenging. It starts with two-straight divisional games against the San Diego Chargers on the road and then the Chiefs before it becomes a Manning vs. Brady showdown when Denver travels to play the New England Patriots, and then the Chiefs again at Arrowhead. Then the Tennessee Titans, Chargers, Houston Texans and Oakland Raiders to finish the season.
I can see the Broncos making a strong run in the second half of the season. With the offense gelling together and the defense getting healthy, Denver has a strong case to end up with home-field advantage throughout the playoffs. The only challenge for the Broncos will be the games against the Chiefs and Patriots. If they can win two of those three games in that stretch, they should be alright, although fans will want to see the Broncos sweep the Chiefs and beat the Patriots.
A football season is very unpredictable, but with the Broncos improving on defense and the juggernaut offense scoring on average of 40-plus points a game. It will be a very interesting second half for this Broncos team that is looking to end the season on the top.