The Denver Broncos have made a habit out of beating NFL teams over the head via their high-powered offense in 2013. However, just like any machine, the Broncos’ offense has a few key cogs that just can’t be replaced. And one of those special parts happens to be Wes Welker, who is likely to miss a second straight game after suffering another concussion in Week 14.
Welker and Manning have combined for 778 yards receiving and a shocking 10 touchdowns! Not to mention, Welker is second on the Broncos in catches with 73 grabs in just 13 games. While Welker’s first year in Denver has been a total success, none of that really matters if No. 83 isn’t healthy for the postseason. Welker was regularly praised during his time with the New England Patriots, yet the wide receiver also had issues once the playoff lights finally came on.
Like it or not; Welker was brought to Denver for the postseason, not the regular season. And if the Broncos’ 0-1 record with Welker off of the field is any indication, then Manning’s bunch is in trouble if the playoffs hit and Mr. Reliable Wes Welker is still concussed. At the end of the day; you just can’t replace 73 catches and 10 touchdowns. Hence, without a healthy Welker the Broncos’ Super Bowl XLVIII dreams are just that.