Dec 28, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) and running back Ronnie Hillman (23) and running back Jeremy Stewart (27) and tight end Jacob Tamme (84) and wide receiver Cody Latimer (14) and receiver Andre Caldwell (12) huddle before the start of the game against the Oakland Raiders at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
After wrapping up their roller coaster ride of a season with a 47-14 victory over the Oakland Raiders, the Denver Broncos’ second season has now begun. Their first opponent still remains a mystery, though.
In a highly competitive AFC wild-card round, there are three teams that could be possibly making the trip to Denver in about a week’s time.
The Pittsburgh Steelers, Cincinnati Bengals, and the Indianapolis Colts are all candidates to face the Broncos in the divisional round.
Any Bronco coach, player, or executive would tell you that it doesn’t matter who they play in the playoffs. They’d tell you that anybody that they play is just another team that they’ll need to beat in order to make it to the Super Bowl.
While that may be true, in the back of most of everyone’s minds there are teams that you’d probably rather face. A preference, if you will.
There are pros and cons to all three possible matchups and they are all unique in their own way.
The Steelers own the top ranked offense in the league but are held back by their underwhelming defense.
Cincinnati is home to an all-around very talented team. Yet, that team can’t seem to make it out of the first round of the playoffs, or win big games for that matter, mainly because of their mistake prone quarterback, Andy Dalton.
The Colts are led by stud quarterback Andrew Luck and his high flying offense. That’s all they really are as their run game is mediocre, at best, while their defense can’t stop a nosebleed.
By the end of this weekend, only one of these teams will make the journey to the Mile High City.
So, who would you prefer the Broncos play in the divisional round? Let’s take a further look at each of the three possibilities.