It is such a shame to see a top player go down with an injury, but the Denver Broncos have been in this situation before.
Playing without one of their best defenders against the pass in Chris Harris, the Broncos welcome in the New England Patriots for the 15 installment of Peyton Manning vs. Tom Brady for a chance to play for the Vince Lombardi trophy in Super Bowl XLVIII. The Broncos have had their fair share of key injuries, but I believe that they will be just fine for this bout between perhaps the two best teams in the AFC. The good thing is that Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie will be playing. Last time these two teams faced off, Rodgers-Cromartie was injured at the end of the first half and did not return. With him out, Brady was able to pick apart the defense, especially with Julian Edelman, who had a monster game with 110 receiving yards and two touchdowns. Having Champ Bailey healthy gives the Broncos an edge as well and both of these corners will be covering Brady’s two biggest weapons. That being Edelman and whichever receiver is healthy.
Brady does not have a lot of star power on the receiving side of the football. Edleman is his most consistent wide out and the Patriots already lost Rob Gronkowski for the season, so the Broncos do not need to worry about him on third down plays. Rodgers-Cromartie will be covering Edleman and Bailey will mostly cover the slot receiver, which could be Danny Amendola if he is healthy enough to go.
The Patriots receivers are simply not what the Broncos have and the safeties and corners should be fine. As long as they can stop the running game and rattle Brady the whole afternoon, the game should be their’s for the taking. Everything is lined up, it is just a matter of execution.