Led by Tim Tebow, the Denver Broncos played the Pittsburgh Steelers in the wild-card round in the 2011 playoffs. And the Broncos prevailed 29-23. Although the Broncos had a decent season with Tebow, John Elway sent him to New York and decided to bring Peyton Manning aboard and revamp the defense. And from there, the changes keep coming.
With Jack Del Rio as the defensive coordinator, one thing is for certain, there will be few experimental blitzes. Though the Broncos only return four defensive starters from the 2011 season—Champ Bailey, Von Miller, Elvis Dumervil, and Joe Mays—and this could potentially present a new defensive era for the Broncos, especially if they can stop the Steelers running game.
From the offensive side, there will be more passes now that Tebow is gone. After all, no one can float a ball through the air with a sting like a bee the way Manning can. If the Steelers desire to dismantle Manning at the helm, then they had better find a way to cover Bronco wide receivers. Because Manning is looking to pass, pass, and…well…pass. Whether it be over or under, Manning’s pass completion record will determine the game. If the Steelers are the contenders I think they are, the last thing the defense will do is give Manning a long completion.
If there is a weakness to expose, it is the Broncos safeties in the secondary. There is much room for improvement here, which is why I believe the Steelers will find a way to capitalize on this and make it one heck of an interesting game.
So, that’s the Broncos in a nutshell. Peyton Manning is at the helm with a group of rising stars awaiting their time to shine. Are they playoff bound? Well, the AFC West is always full of surprises. And one can never count out the San Diego Chargers. But from what I’ve seen of a healthy, new and improved Manning, the Broncos just may be the team to beat.
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