The Denver Broncos are still undefeated. I know – old news, but I decided to take my time writing about it. I wanted to savor it, and live in the feeling, without being drawn into the inevitable hyperbole of the moment. It was a spectacular game. Every shot of an apathetic and disgusted Aaron Rodgers was simply affirmation that Denver’s defense can actually be mentioned in the same breath as some of the greatest in history.
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My lateness to the party may also be due to the fact that I was still a little in shock over how well the offense played. I have always believed that Peyton Manning and Gary Kubiak could get on the same page. My confidence certainly waivered after some of the scary throws and horrid plays in the Cleveland game, but how could two great offensive minds not figure out a way to make this work?
Have we seen the best this team has to offer? I doubt it. Look at what John Elway went out and did after the biggest win of the season; a trade for Vernon Davis, and a shot at Joe Thomas. No one will ever be able to accuse Elway of complacency. There could have been a huge, “I told you so,” from the Broncos, but instead it was a gigantic, “how can we improve?”
The victory felt like a big middle finger to the rest of the league, and a message to all comers.
That is what makes this team great. There is no resting on their laurels, and no celebrating unnecessarily. The team reveled in their victory, but came back to work on Monday focused on Indianapolis.
The Broncos win against the Packers was a great moment for the fans, but just a jumping off point for the team. This is not the end of the journey, but a simple step towards greatness. The victory felt like a big middle finger to the rest of the league, and a message to all comers. You know where we are, and now you know what we are capable of.
Teams like New England and Cincinnati loom large on the schedule, but this Broncos team has proven they can run with the big dogs. Going undefeated is one of the most difficult things to do in sports, and no one believes that is a realistic outcome. However, no team on the schedule should be scary for the Broncos, and the Super Bowl is the only goal in mind.
Nov 1, 2015; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) celebrates after the game against the Green Bay Packers at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. The Broncos won 29-10. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports