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Broncos could be poised to roll

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Last year, the Broncos started 1-2 then 2-3 before finding their groove, winning 11 games in a row by eight or more points each.

This year, the Broncos have exploded out of the gates, scoring more points against the Ravens than anyone ever has, with quarterback Peyton Manning firing seven touchdown passes after lightning delayed the start of the game and disrupted Manning’s routine.

The 2013 schedule doesn’t feature any other defending Super Bowl champions.  Though Denver starts the year by facing the last two (next up is a trip to New York to face the Giants), the schedule gets soft — with two games each against the Raiders, Chiefs, and Chargers, along with contests against the Jaguars and Titans.  It’s a point Erik Kuselias made on Friday’s edition of Pro Football Talk; with a great start and a relatively soft schedule, the Broncos could be on their way to the No. 1 seed, again.

Sure, the Broncos have to face the rest of the AFC South and the rest of the NFC East.  Based on the way they looked on Thursday night, however, another 13-3 finish is realistic.

The question then becomes whether the Broncos can keep it going in January.  They didn’t last year, obviously.  With a career postseason record of 9-11 and eight one-and-done performances in the playoffs, Manning’s legacy will be advanced not by what he does over the next 15 games but what he does over the next three.

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32 Responses to “Broncos could be poised to roll”
  1. dfeltz says: Sep 7, 2013 10:15 PM

    I’m sure their opponents will just start forfeiting.

  2. wewantmoretebowandfavrearticles says: Sep 7, 2013 10:16 PM

    19-0.

  3. theprocessoflosingmymind says: Sep 7, 2013 10:24 PM

    Truth to the article.

    Additionally, if Peyton keeps up his pace, he is on track to throw for more than 7800 yard and 112 touchdowns.

    Only time will tell if the Broncos can keep the dteam alive.

  4. jonsilver1947 says: Sep 7, 2013 10:24 PM

    “…what he does over the FOLLOWING three.”

  5. humb0lt says: Sep 7, 2013 10:25 PM

    They’ll win the division for sure and lose in the playoffs.

  6. kuantan97 says: Sep 7, 2013 10:29 PM

    Is it even comical anymore? Nearly every year we see a Peyton Manning-led team start out 13-0, with the experts all but handing him the Lombardi in December. And, yet, every year we see the man choke in the playoffs. At what point do people start noticing a pattern. Give me his brother, Roethlisberger or Flacco–all viewed as lesser species–in the playoffs any day than “the greatest quarterback in NFL history.”

  7. craniator says: Sep 7, 2013 10:32 PM

    Peyton , I don’t care what you do — just make sure the Patriots don’t go to the Superbowl — that’s all I care about.

  8. reggiesluck8712 says: Sep 7, 2013 10:35 PM

    the play the colts 06 world champs

  9. mimitaroo says: Sep 7, 2013 10:57 PM

    And then the playoffs will start and Peyton will crap the bed again. No way a QB with a losing playoff record and an even worse cold weather playoff record, goes on to win a couple games in Denver/Boston/Pittsburg etc and then also a super bowl in New York.

  10. kenstabler says: Sep 7, 2013 11:07 PM

    The only reason the Broncos were so successful in the second half is because of Michael (overrated) Huff. He was weak and out of position time and time again. I hated him as a Raider.

    The Ravens do not look the same on defense, Huff is really a weak link in that secondary.

    But, give the Broncos there due, they played an awesome second half in Denver!

  11. yousuxxors says: Sep 7, 2013 11:08 PM

    Brady has played for better teams. he threw 3 picks in a championship game and 152 yards in a superbowl but it was all him. Brady and manning have near identical playoff stats. one also has the best coach of a generation.

  12. dino2997 says: Sep 7, 2013 11:10 PM

    The Broncos are blessed to be playing in the worst division in football AND getting to play against the worst division in the NFC as their out of conference schedule.

  13. maven2222 says: Sep 7, 2013 11:29 PM

    They’re gonna go undefeated. Peyton is perfect.

  14. chiefsnfl says: Sep 7, 2013 11:37 PM

    As long as Peyton Manning is their QB they can be 16-0, AND they will also be 0-1. The Peyton Manning curse!

    Florio, every fan who has ever had their team called “soft” always calls the person speaking such words…, well I’m sure you get the point.

  15. stairwayto7 says: Sep 7, 2013 11:51 PM

    Manning will throw an int in the playoffs costing Denver a playoff exit early. This happens almost every year!

  16. berniemadoffsides says: Sep 7, 2013 11:55 PM

    It’s Week 1…

  17. cookenbauer says: Sep 8, 2013 12:48 AM

    The peyton hate is absurd. He threw more touchdowns against the ravens in the playoffs than brady, luck, and kaepenick combined…yet he’s the only qb who choked last year apparently. Apparently rahim Moore not making a simple play somehow means peyton can’t play in the cold. So stupid.

  18. borisbulldog says: Sep 8, 2013 2:09 AM

    Regie?

    Luck will run out of his name sake in 2013!

    No ring for Mr. Neck Beard!

  19. dirtysouthniner says: Sep 8, 2013 3:31 AM

    Um ..only time will tell. .

  20. richdaddy1231 says: Sep 8, 2013 3:37 AM

    Just look at the ez schedule the nfl gave the donkeys….what a joke

  21. salutethis says: Sep 8, 2013 3:45 AM

    Please Don’t Write This Article… Broncos Fans Don’t Need This Drama!

  22. tedmurph says: Sep 8, 2013 3:58 AM

    Still have to play the Pats, who have blown them out three straight times.

  23. malvaren18 says: Sep 8, 2013 5:15 AM

    Stop referring to that looser of Flacco as an Elite QB, all he will ever be is the luckiest SOB of all time to have played in a team with 2 Elite players such as Reed and Lewis.

  24. sportsmeccabi says: Sep 8, 2013 7:42 AM

    Like Manning can prevent the fact that Champ Bailey got beat like a drum that playoff game.

    You are all blaming the wrong person for his team’s record in the playoffs. Remember how bad Indy was after he left? They were a playoff team the year before.

  25. dtroxtell says: Sep 8, 2013 8:10 AM

    The broncos due have a softer schedule, so when the playoffs start what do they compare that to. Remember when he lead the Colts on an undefeated season just to blow it in the playoffs

  26. jayhawk6 says: Sep 8, 2013 8:14 AM

    Does this mean that the Broncos-Manning stories will become the Tim Tebow nausea of 2013?

  27. greymares says: Sep 8, 2013 8:22 AM

    The schedule, gets soft what could be any softer than that Raven defense ?

  28. clownsfan says: Sep 8, 2013 8:41 AM

    They’ll be the best regular season team ever……..and lose in the playoffs.

  29. peytonshead says: Sep 8, 2013 8:43 AM

    AFC North and NFC East are mediocre at best this year.

  30. polegojim says: Sep 8, 2013 8:47 AM

    That’s why I’m really glad they actually PLAY the games.

    Not a Bronco fan… but he’s a much different Peyton this year folks.

    The Bronco’s are for real.

  31. seoulslayer says: Sep 8, 2013 9:23 AM

    DP brought up a good point on Friday. He was wondering out loud how many of Peyton’s playoff losses were after first round byes.

    Maybe it’s better if the Broncos don’t actually pull off that 13-3 record again and get that bye.

  32. blueagle78 says: Sep 8, 2013 12:52 PM

    NO RESPECT for someone who the NFL changes their rules to accommodate his play to win a championship. He’s good but, the entitlement precedes his reputation. “… Can’t do it!”

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