Again, hard to blame the Broncos for the divison they play in. But the AFC offered zero competition. Two of the three coaches John Fox went up against were canned less than 24 hours after the season started. Dennis Allen in Oakland was in his first year but wasn't much better.
Generally, the best quarterback in a division usually wins that division. So, let's see. Brady Quinn, Carson Palmer and Phillip Rivers. Don't forget Matt Cassell and Terrelle Pryor, who also got starts this season. Denver started Peyton Manning 16 games this year.
So how good are the Broncos? Hard to tell when nearly half of their games were played against the previously mentioned quarterbacks.
Mickey-good article. You bring out some good points. As for the running back point-a good passer can overcome that one-as Kurt Warner did in '99. His running backs only ran for 111 yds. or so in all 3 games, but Warner made up for that with his clutch passing. As for the INT problem-Peyton still isn't close to my guys (Marino) Record of 10 PO games with 2 or more INT's. So, there is still hope for this year. It should be fun watching it all play out.
Now, I"ll give you the 5 reasosns why Denver will win the Lombardi: 1. They'll have the 13th man on their side playing all the postseason at home.2. You mentioned the teams that had beaten Denver and all of them won by one score or least, and this was early on whith a rusty QB trying to get on sync whith his receivers, not the same man right now and we know it for sure 3: we expect willis mc gahhe coming back from injury for the AFC championship to complement Moreno and comp.4. Peyton has never played with a top def. on his side in the past so it will take a lot of presure out of his shoulders.5. If you're thinking the Patriots will beat Denver at home just stop a moment and review the stats because last time I saw the Pats passing defense ranked at #29 which will be a field day form Peyton all night long.
to kevin's comment on the pats...peyton has always had trouble beatng the pats....the pats beat the broncos 31-21 this season when pats secondary was at it's very worse..now they have improved with corner back talib sighed during the season there whole defence has improved with the most takeaways in the nfl...brady put 6 tds on that broncos defence in last years playoffs in the first half grant you we will be playing in mile high that will be your only chance but the pats play there best when there up against it.
Wow...what a load of inaccuracies...you need to do more research if you're going to be credible...Brandon Jacobs already had one foot out the door in the playoffs last year. Ahmad Bradshaw was Eli's guy, to highlight one...I mean you are certainly entitled to your opinion, but facts are facts, and when you don't get the facts straight, your opinion is weak.
And the QB's you claim carved the Broncos up? Only Schaub had a big day Mickey w/284 yds. Brady 193, Ryan 219. Might as well throw in Brees, who passed for over 5000 again this year, but managed only 201 against Denver. As far as Moreno, he has been every bit as good as McGahee,spending his time adding muscle while relagated to the bench. He is a powerhouse runner currently. And now it looks as though the Broncos will have both of them for the playoff run. The Bronco losses came early in the season when the team was jelling. In those games they dug deep holes w/turnovers. They lost those 3 by 6, 6 and 10. the playoffs are a crapshoot for sure, and the hot team at the end prevails. Pay more attention Mickey...this team is a juggernaut!
The Texans are beat up and Schaub sucks. They might have two good players on their team, thats it. the Pats have a much better defense than their last meeting. OOOOHHH were scared of the big bad Texans! Yea Right!