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5 Reasons Why Denver Broncos Will Win the Super Bowl

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5 Reasons Why Denver Will Win it All

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After ending their 2012 season on a down note, the Denver Broncos started this season at home with a whopping 49-27 win against the Baltimore Ravens in a high profile rematch of the two teams' 2012 Divisional playoff game. The Ravens had won that playoff game against Denver in the divisional round of the previous season's playoffs and later went on to be last year's Super Bowl champions. Perhaps the half-hour season opener game delay due to lightning in the Denver area was a hint of foreshadowing of an epic season to come for the Broncos.

So, the Broncos began this year as Super Bowl favorites and have made a good show of it along the way. It was a bumpy ride to be sure, especially after an offseason that was overshadowed by the six-game suspension of All-Pro linebacker Von Miller following accusations of his attempt to cheat on a drug test on top of various injuries to members of Broncos' offensive line.

New blood that was pumped into the Denver franchise this year includes wide receiver Wes Welker who came over from the New England Patriots to strengthen the Denver ranks. also joining the Broncos: safety Quentin Jammer, cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, and linebacker Shaun Phillips.

The Broncos' 2013 season has been one with a variety individual and team franchise records being set, not the least of which were quarterback Peyton Manning's new NFL records for passing yardage and passing touchdowns. Denver also finished the regular season with a 13-3 record, won its third consecutive AFC West division title, and earned a first-round bye along with home-field advantage for the postseason. It was a blockbuster year for the Broncos, no doubt.

And who doesn't like jumping on the bandwagon and cheering for the favorites? It will be interesting to see how the postseason plays out and see if the Broncos achieve their Super Bowl aspirations this time around.

Here are five reasons why I think they will. Let me know what you think!

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5. Head Coach John Fox

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Denver head coach John Fox returned in early December after nearly a month after he underwent an aortic heart valve replacement. The man's obviously a beast and got right back in the saddle. The Broncos owe much of their success this year to Fox's leadership and verve.

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4. Quarterback Peyton Manning

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Peyton Manning has become something of a poster boy for the Broncos, especially for their top-ranked offense. He set some new NFL records this season with 55 touchdown passes and 5,477 passing yards, and he is clearly one of the league's most dangerous quarterbacks.

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3. Denver's Top-Tier Offense

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The Broncos' offense set their fair share of league records this season with a record-breaking 606 points scored, the previously mentioned record for most passing yards thrown, and the most touchdown passes thrown. Denver's offense this year is ranked as the best of the best league-wide and is arguably one of the most solid offensive squads in recent years.

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2. Cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie

Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie
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Last offseason the Broncos offered Rodgers-Cromartie a one-year, $5 million deal, and he has shown that he is worth every nickel. In the extended absence of Champ Bailey he's become the obvious star of the Broncos' secondary with three interceptions and 15 defended passes in less than 14 games.

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1. Wide Receiver Wes Welker

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As one of the newest additions to the Broncos' offense, Welker burst right out of the gate with nine receptions for 67 yards and two touchdowns in his debut against the Ravens. By Week 11 he had 50 receptions for 555 yards and a total of nine touchdowns. This total accounts for more touchdowns than the six he had the entire previous season with the Patriots. He missed three recent games due to a concussion but has been cleared to play in the postseason.