Peyton: Offense can’t take defense for granted

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Panthers stars Luke Kuechly and Josh Norman spent time Thursday making sure everyone knows that the Panthers defense isn’t overconfident about facing off with Peyton Manning and the Broncos offense as they make their way to Super Bowl 50.

That’s left it to the Broncos to discuss their offensive issues over the course of the season and neither Manning nor head coach Gary Kubiak has shied away from doing that. Both were blunt with Kubiak saying simply that the offense needs to play better and Manning saying “our defense has gotten us to this point.” The quarterback said that the Broncos can’t count on the defense doing all the heavy lifting against Carolina.

“All of us offensive guys want to carry our weight and not take the defense for granted,” Manning said, via the Charlotte Observer. “We are working hard to prepare, but we have a tremendous challenge in front of us. There’s no question that we can improve and that we would like to improve. I assure you our effort and will to prepare is certainly there.”

There is room for improvement, obviously, but it seems unlikely that there will be a dramatic difference in the Broncos offense a week from Sunday from the one we’ve seen all season. If it remains the largely turnover free one from the last two weeks, however, that may be enough to make the defense’s effort stand up once again.

4 responses to “Peyton: Offense can’t take defense for granted

  1. I keep hearing how the Panthers are just going to “blow out” the Broncos just like the Seahawks did 2 years ago. I wouldn’t count on that. People keep forgetting how intelligent Peyton Manning is and how he learns from his mistakes. Don’t get me wrong, I thing this is going to be QUITE a game, but not what everyone thinks. The Broncos D is much better than it was 2 years ago, and Peyton is ready to wrap all of this up!

  2. Denver’s only hope is if the refs allow them to hold every skill player as they run down the field and make helmet to helmet hits over the middle routinely, like the AFC Champ game.

    I’d be real afraid if I were a Panthers fan.

    If 8-0 Hochuli was reffing the game, Broncos would be the favorite

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