Denver Broncos: 5 Reasons They Will Clinch Home-Field Advantage
5 Reasons Denver Broncos Will Clinch Home-Field Advantage
The Denver Broncos are a team on a mission. The goal: Win a Super Bowl.
The Broncos are sitting at 10-2, which is good enough for the best record in the AFC. They only sit one game behind the Seattle Seahawks for best record in the the NFL. The team is led by Peyton Manning and a new high powered offense thanks to offensive coordinator Adam Gase. Manning has a solid running back tandem behind him in Knowshon Moreno and Montee Ball. He also has one of the best receiving corps in the league with Demariyus Thomas, Eric Decker, and Wes Welker. And it also does not hurt to have an unknown tight end who has emerged as a star in Julius Thomas.
The defense of the Broncos has its ups and downs. Led by Jack Del Rio, who led the Broncos to a 3-1 record while John Fox was recovering from heart surgery, they have had their moments. Despite some of the flaws that the Broncos' defense has had, they still have made plays to help the team win games. Prime example being the defensive stand in their last game against the Kansas City Chiefs.
Special teams is a solid bunch with Matt Prater as the kicker and Trindon Holliday always a threat to return one for a touchdown. With the AFC not as strong as it has been known to be the Broncos are in prime position to make noise in the playoffs. Here are five reasons that the Broncos will clinch home-field advantage throughout the AFC Playoffs.
As I mentioned earlier, the Broncos offense is the best unit in the league this year averaging close to 40 points a game and are on pace to break quite a few records of both the individual and team variety. Of course when you have Peyton Manning as your quarterback, there is always that possibility. Hopefully it will keep up in the playoffs.
The Broncos' last four opponents all have losing records, with three of them against teams that have all but been eliminated from the playoffs. It also helps playing the teams that are all but done at Mile High, so the home crowd would love to see the Broncos inch closer to the playoffs and knock one more team out of contention.
3. Weak AFC Field
Minus the New England Patriots, the Broncos do not have much of a threat this season. Sure the Indianapolis Colts beat them earlier in the season, but right now they are not looking like a team that could keep up with the Broncos in Colorado. The Cincinnati Bengals are a solid bunch but don't seem like a team that can keep up. The Chiefs might be able to, but already beating them twice means they might not see them. And it is still unknown who the sixth seed will be, but if it ends up being the Baltimore Ravens, the Broncos know they will be looking for retribution after the Week 1 beat-down they received.
2. Great Coaching Staff
John Fox has done a remarkable job with the Broncos since he was hired before the 2011 season. He has led the team to two division titles and two playoff berths. It certainly appears there will be a third one. Adam Gase and Jack Del Rio deserve credit too for the job that they have done with the offense and defense.
1. Peyton Manning
There is no denying that the future Hall of Fame quarterback is the best regular season quarterback in the league. He is on pace to break quite a few records himself and will more than certainly lead the team despite the opponent. It would be great to see Manning get one more ring, and home-field could help out greatly.