5 Reasons Why Denver Broncos Will Win the Super Bowl
5 Reasons Why the Denver Broncos Will Win the Super Bowl
In 2011, the Denver Broncos were one win away from getting to the AFC Championship Game. They were able to win a playoff game against the Pittsburgh Steelers in overtime and were one of the more unlikely playoff teams in the NFL. They were winning games because of quarterback Tim Tebow and sometimes in spite of him. Tebow was able to lead improbable fourth quarter comebacks even with a sometimes sub-50 percent completion rate. Many people credit the defense for them winning those games, but it was the same defense they had with Kyle Orton and they couldn't win with him.
In the 2012 offseason, Denver made its biggest acquisition since trading for John Elway. The Broncos signed future Hall of Fame quarterback Peyton Manning and immediately became the favorite to win the AFC.
After cruising through the regular season, Denver lost in their first playoff game to the eventual Super Bowl Champ Baltimore Ravens. During the 2013 offseason, Denver decided to stack their roster even more for a Super Bowl run. They signed the best slot receiver in the NFL in Wes Welker, drafted college touchdown machine Montee Ball and acquired depth in the secondary with Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Quentin Jammer.
The Broncos are in a position now where they control their own fate. They lead the AFC with a 9-1 record and have the tiebreaker after beating the Kansas City Chiefs. Peyton Manning may only have two or three years left in him, so Denver needs to do everything they can to win this season.
5. Home-Field Advantage
The Denver Broncos play a mile above sea level, which usually causes opponents to get winded before the Broncos do. They did have home-field advantage last year and were upset by Baltimore, but having this advantage always makes you the favorite to win your conference.
4. A Weak AFC
The best team in the AFC other than Denver is the Kansas City Chiefs. Although the score was close, the game between these two teams last week was never in doubt. If that is the toughest foe they have to face to get to the Super Bowl, it should be a cake walk.
3. A Rested Von Miller
The suspension of Von Miller means he will be well rested and healthy for the postseason. His pass rush is the key to Denver being able to beat teams like New Orleans, Seattle or any other NFC team in the Super Bowl.
2. Best Receiving Corps in the NFL
With just DeMaryius Thomas and Eric Decker last season, Denver had one of the best receiving duos in the NFL. Not only did they add the best slot receiver in the NFL in Wes Welker, tight end Julius Thomas has given them a dimension that nobody saw coming. There is no defense that can match up with these four players and as along as they stay healthy, they should lead Denver to the Super Bowl.
1. Peyton Manning
With an amazing receiving corps and an above-average running attack, Peyton Manning is playing on the most talented roster he has ever had. Although he did have great opportunities in Indianapolis, the rest of the NFL does not have a team that can matchup with the playmakers Denver has. Even with all these playmakers, they need someone to put them in the right place and make the throws, and that is what Manning does. Denver can replace anyone on their roster other than Manning, which makes him the key to a Super Bowl run.