It all seems to be going to plan right?

John Elway signs Peyton Manning in the off-season. Manning molds the offense in to something that resembles the dominant offense from his days in Indianapolis for over a decade and Jack Del Rio has built a dominant defense that rushes the passer better than any Bronco team of recent memory.

So far so good.

But now comes the hard part. Winning in the regular season is a whole different animal than winning in the post season. Ask Manning.

And now, the level of competition has stepped up significantly for the Broncos. Through no fault of their own Denver has played the easiest schedule in the league this season.

The games against the Chiefs and Browns and Chargers and Raiders are over. Now comes the Patriots, Ravens and Texans.