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5 Reasons Why Denver Broncos Don’t Have What It Takes To Win Super Bowl

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Five Reasons Why Broncos Won't Win It All

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The Denver Broncos are a legitimate candidate to take home the Vince Lombardi Trophy once the NFL Playoffs are over.

Led by their superstar signal-caller Peyton Manning, the Broncos torched the AFC en route to a No. 1 seed and a bye in the first round of the postseason where the team will have a much deserved week to rest from a tiring schedule. With only 12 teams left in the playoffs the Broncos are one of the favorites to win the Lombardi Trophy, but they need to work on several flaws if they want to be champions once it’s all said and done.

Despite breaking several records at both player – Manning broke the TD passes record held by Tom Brady and the passing yards mark previously set by Drew Brees – and team level – Denver’s offense was the most effective offensive team in the league by a mile – the team has huge red flags coming into the playoffs that could spell doom for them if they aren’t treated soon.

Whether it’s because of suspect performances on the defensive side of the ball, key injuries or even mental struggles that could occur, the Broncos are far from a finished product on the field and they won’t be able to reach the Super Bowl if they don’t solve the following issues. Some are more glaring than others, but the reality is that Denver needs a lot of work before they can truly be considered as the main favorite to win it all this year.

Without further ado, please join me through this slideshow as we check five reasons why the Denver Broncos don’t have what it takes to win it all this season.

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5. Rushing Attack Is Not Good Enough

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Even though Knowshon Moreno has been a steady option in the backfield and Monte Ball has been a threat near the end zone, Denver’s rushing attack is not as good as their passing game. That could end up being key if the team falls behind in an elimination game or if they have to play in a cold weather where the running game becomes a much safer option.

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4. Possible Complacency

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The Denver Broncos topped almost every team in the regular season and they set several records – most prolific team in history, QB records by Peyton Manning – while doing so. They enter the playoffs as the No. 1 seed in the AFC, but they will have to avoid complacency to win it all in the postseason.

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3. Denver's Suspect Defense

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It’s no secret that the Achilles heel of the Denver Broncos is their defense. The unit ranked 27th in total passing yards and seventh in rushing yards. They were also in the Top-10 in touchdowns allowed through both categories, and if the Broncos are looking to take home the Super Bowl they will need to tighten things up on the defensive side of the ball.

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2. Von Miller's Injury

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The Broncos' defensive unit was already average at best during the regular season, and the loss of Von Miller will only complicate things further down the stretch. One of the elite pass rushers in the game, Miller won’t return until next year and his absence could be troubling for the Broncos if they have to face elite offensive teams.

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1. Peyton Manning's Playoff Record

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The main reason why the Broncos might not be able to win the Super Bowl is their best player. Even though Peyton Manning had a season for the ages, he has a very poor record in the postseason with only nine wins in 20 contests. Some say history doesn’t count, but if Manning’s past is used as a reference the Broncos might not lift the Vince Lombardi Trophy once it’s all said and done.