Another year, another chance for Peyton Manning to prove himself in the playoffs.
The Denver Broncos will look to advance to the AFC Championship Game on Sunday afternoon when they take on the San Diego Chargers who have suddenly become a Cinderella team. They got hot for a run into the playoffs much like the Baltimore Ravens did last season. And in order for the Broncos to turn the Chargers’ magical carriage ride back into the pumpkin that it once was, Manning and the Broncos need to be mentally strong.
The Broncos are once again in the same spot. They finished the season by winning the division, skipping the Wild-Card round and having the chance to play every game up until the Super Bowl in the Mile High city. They face a team against which they are a 9.5 point favorite. They should win this game no problem whatsoever. The key is to play their game and prevent the opponent from playing theirs. The defense needs to mentally be prepared and execute getting off the field so that Manning can mentally focus and do what he has done in the regular season — shred defenses to pieces. The Chargers’ pass defense is borderline weak and should not be able to handle the power of Manning and his full complement of weapons. There can’t be any doubt crossing their minds when this game starts. If the Broncos can stay mentally strong, especially Manning, then this should be a simple win heading to a game that they have not had the pleasure of playing in since Jake “The Snake” Plummer was the quarterback for the Broncos.
Whatever accomplishments Manning has acquired this season have been thrown out. Three games is all he needs. He has every piece in front of him, and now it is time to focus. Forget about the under .500 record in the postseason. It is a brand new ball game, so take it one game at a time and be mentally ready to show that the regular season success was in fact no joke.