Choosing sides for Sunday night’s showdown between Peyton Manning’s Broncos and the Colts, is a struggle for some in Indianapolis.
After coming on so strong early in the season, if quarterback Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos don’t go all the way to Super Bowl and win, will this season be considered a failure?
You laugh now, but there was a time, very recently, when it was a debate. There was a time, when we thought the kid had commandeered the throne. There was a time when, when we thought it was the dawn of one empire, and the dusk of another.
Of all the ways Peyton Manning and the Denver offense have dominated over the first two games of the season, this one probably says the most.
The questions surrounding Peyton Manning last year were all about his right arm. This season, they were about his shoulders – as in, are they broad enough to carry the Denver Broncos in Von Miller’s absence?
Each team has just 16 chances to distinguish itself from the pack in order to secure a playoff spot and hopefully a bid in the Super Bowl. The question is, quite simply, will the Super Bowl champion emerge from the AFC or NFC?
John Elway has been down this lonely road before, trudging through the tunnel in deafening silence after a stunning loss at home as the AFC’s prohibitive Super Bowl favorite following a 13-3 regular season.
Eight months ago, a teary-eyed Rahim Moore stood in Denver’s hushed locker room and took the blame for the Broncos’ playoff pratfall against the Baltimore Ravens.
Giant banners of Joe Flacco hang from the stadium in Denver, where nobody needed the larger-than-life reminders that his 70-yard touchdown toss in the final minute of regulation ruined the Broncos’ Super Bowl hopes.
Joe Flacco looms larger than life in Denver, and not just because he engineered the stunning upset of the Broncos in the playoffs that propelled the Baltimore Ravens to the Super Bowl title.