Instead of revving their high-octane offense like they did a year ago, Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos pumped the brakes heading into these playoffs.
As the dandy dozen prepare for the playoffs, here’s a look at the signature strength of each team along with their most worrisome weakness.
The Denver Broncos will now go 13 straight weeks without a break after their early bye week. They are 2-1 and currently second place in the AFC West.
While the overtime setback Sunday certainly wasn’t as bad as the Super Bowl nightmare in February, some Broncos said it’s the result that matters.
The Denver Broncos didn’t exactly hit their bye week in full stride. There are issues all around. But some promising signs have emerged, too, like the play of all those starters who missed the Super Bowl.
Slogging through the rubble of that Super Bowl landslide, John Elway blew up his defense.
Peyton Manning is three touchdown throws shy of 500 for his career and a dozen short of surpassing Brett Favre for the most in NFL history.
Denver Broncos cornerback Chris Harris believes that even though it’s only the third week of the season, the next game against the Super Bowl champions is more important than any other right now and called it a “statement game.”
Peyton Manning seems to be having a lot more fun this summer. He’s still grinding through training camp like always but he’s also showing a loosey-goosey side that he rarely flashed in Indy or in his first two seasons in Denver.
The Broncos defense is playing with more of an edge during training camp so far, and it’s a good bet Jack Del Rio’s squad will put in a better performance than last season.