2014 NFL Playoffs: 5 Reasons Why You Don’t Want to Face Denver Broncos
Why You Don't Want to Play The Denver Broncos
Wild Card weekend is now complete. Only eight teams remain in the quest for the Vince Lombardi trophy.
The Denver Broncos had the luxury of having Wild Card weekend off thanks to a first-round bye they received by finishing with the best record in the AFC. With that, they get to play the lowest remaining seed from the wild card round, the San Diego Chargers. It is the third time that these two teams will face off against each other this season. This also has a piece of history tied into it as it will be the first time both the Broncos and Chargers play each other in the postseason. They split the regular season series with both teams winning on the road.
As the no. 1 seed, the Broncos have home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs. So, if they happen to reach the Super Bowl, they stay at home up until that game. This is a talented Broncos team who are looking more like a team of destiny. Knowing what is ahead of them makes them quite a dangerous team because they are focused on the big prize, and rest assured Peyton Manning will push to make that dream come true. It's a dream that has eluded the Broncos organization since their last championship in 1998.
Here are the five reasons why I believe that the Broncos are the last team anyone would want to play in the postseason.
5. They Are Getting Healthy At The Right Time
Having the first-round bye puts the Broncos at quite a favorable advantage. According to earlier reports, all the players practiced during the bye with the exception of Derek Wolfe, who is expected to practice starting this week. The Broncos have made multiple adjustments when injuries have popped up, and it led them to a 13-3 record. If this is how they perform without their key players, just think about how dangerous they will be when all of their players are 100 percent.
4. Defense Can Create Pressure and Force Turnovers
The defense for the Broncos has been up and down all season in terms of passing yards and getting off the field, but there is one thing that the team thrives on: pressuring the quarterback and creating turnovers. If the defense gets going, that will give Manning another opportunity to go down the field and score. Turning the ball over to Manning is the last thing a team wants to do.
3. The Weapons on Offense
When you have five players on offense not named Manning who score 10-plus touchdowns in a season, it can make opponents sick to their stomachs because a defensive coordinator needs to figure out who to stop. Demaryius Thomas, Eric Decker, Wes Welker, Julius Thomas and Knowshon Moreno will give defenses trouble the entire game. When one guy is covered, Manning will just look for another target.
2. Peyton Manning
When you have an elite quarterback who will be enshrined in Canton after his career is over and who has set NFL records for touchdown passes and passing yards in a season, you can believe that facing him will not be an easy task. Manning has the ability to change the play to suit the offense, and can get rid of the ball quickly to avoid the pressure. He makes very few mistakes, and it will be a challenge for any team to stop him.
1. Playing in Mile High
Sports Authority Field at Mile High is known for its thin air and difficult playing atmosphere. The field is one mile above sea level, which can put an opposing team at a huge disadvantage if they are not ready for it. The cold weather in January can leave players gasping for air. Then there's the loyal fan base, which can get loud when need to be and make it hard for opposing teams. The Broncos won seven of their eight games at home, showing that Mile High is a very difficult place to play in.