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Jan 19, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) signals at the line of scrimmage in the second half against the New England Patriots during the 2013 AFC championship playoff football game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Why Are People Still Doubting the Denver Broncos?


Apparently, it doesn’t matter if you boast the greatest offense in the history of the NFL. People still want to believe that defenses win championships.

The Denver Broncos and the top ranked offense in the NFL–by a few hundred miles–are preparing this week (first practice on Wednesday) for the Seattle Seahawks, a beast unlike any they have seen all year, but for varying reasons.

If you ask most Broncos fans, I’d be willing to bet that they would tell you the team that scares them the most is not the Seattle Seahawks, nor their other potential Super Bowl opponent the 49ers. The team that scares the Broncos the most is the New England Patriots, and it’s because Tom Brady is the monkey they just can’t get off their back.

Not only is Brady nearly impossible to beat for the Broncos, but he’s been nearly impossible to beat for Peyton Manning. Manning has won just 33 percent of his matchups with Brady in 15 career head-to-head get togethers.

So now that the Broncos have beaten arguably their toughest “boss” of the season, why is it that so many people feel like Seattle has the upper hand in the Super Bowl?

I get it. The Seahawks are this year’s “flavor of the day”. People want to love Richard Sherman and his post-game antics. People love the gum chewing Pete Carroll, the Skittle tossing for Marshawn Lynch, and the calm, cool, and collected young quarterback Russell Wilson.

The Seahawks, as much as any team in the NFL, are as likable as they come.

That being said, I don’t think they should consider this matchup with the Broncos an easy one. Seattle may have a few Pro Bowl caliber defensive backs, but bear in mind the Broncos had five players this season with 10 or more touchdowns, all of whom are going to be healthy going into the Super Bowl. Not to mention, they have the best quarterback in the league, and probably of all-time on their side.

Perhaps the biggest advantage going for the Broncos is the defense. Sure, Seattle’s defense has been great all year long, but in the playoffs, the Broncos have allowed one more point in two games. Since getting beat by the Chargers, the Broncos have allowed 17, 13, 17, and 16 points.

The defense is getting “turnt up” at the perfect time this season.

Guys are playing their assignments far better than they had been. The mass confusion caused by the rush of injuries has quieted down. The Broncos are playing as good of team defense as any team in the league, forcing opponents to go three-and-out on a regular basis and shifting the time of possession battle completely in their favor.

Having time of possession in favor of the best offense in the league? I’ll take those odds.

The Broncos need to convert scoring opportunities into touchdowns, as they did for most of the regular season. Of late, they’ve been settling for more field goals but things are working for them. If they continue to play like this, I don’t see any reason why people would feel like this is going to be a good matchup for Seattle.

Quite the opposite.

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  • Bill
  • Bill

    You’re just going to keep pulling down my comments? Not surprised. That’s what a bush-league website does.

  • LTGray

    The Denver D has definitely been looking better the past four games! Good summary. (BTW, the scores allowed have been 13, 14, 17, and 16.)

    Better still: Houston scored their 13th point at the beginning of the second half in week 16 to pull within 3 of Denver (16-13). Since that point–nearly 3 1/2 games–Denver has allowed its opponents to score only SIX POINTS while a game was competitive. The remaining points were scored when Denver had at least a 16-point lead, and they didn’t pull the opponent even within a touchdown of the Broncos.

  • DXW

    I’d be slightly worried if this game was being played in Seattle, but it’s not… And like every other game this season, the only way Denver loses is if they make mistakes. Denver had no problem with KC’s #1 defense back when they were 100% healthy, and Seattle’s D is no different. Manning has made a career of taking down the top defenses in the NFL. He’ll find the weak link in their secondary and exploit it.

  • doc holiday

    This is what worries me: Our defense reverts to it’s old self,del rio calls his suicide Prevent Defense,seattle defense turns it on and allows their offense to stay ahead.

  • Cheyenne Kid

    I saw the signs that they would start playing better after that San Diego loss. It was a combination of a lot of things but since they’ve turned the switch on they have essentially been shutting teams down and giving up only garbage time points. When we have the kind of arsenal on offense we have, I like that combination an awful lot. If they play their A game they should win!