Uh oh the Denver Broncos have a defense and that is a scary thought for the rest of the NFL teams. With Peyton Manning and the “Air Fox” offense firing on all cylinders the Broncos had a good chance of getting back to the Super Bowl. Now with that offense AND a good defense I would have to say the Broncos are the odds on favorites to WIN the Super Bowl.
Peyton Manning is the best regular season quarterback that ever laced up a pair of cleats in the NFL. I still say Joe Montana is the better overall quarterback but Manning has a good chance at adding a Super Bowl ring with his 2nd team, something Joe never did.
All the Broncos defense has to do for the team to win is be a little better than average. And the Broncos defense is better than that right now. The Broncos rank 8th in the NFL at points allowed, 18th in pass yards defense but 1st in run defense. The run defense stat is key for the Broncos.
Team will want to run the ball and keep Peyton Manning off the field. Right now the Broncos time of possession is at 30.12 a game while their opponents is around 30,36. So the Broncos defense is not letting opponents have a large lead in time of possession.
DeMarco Ware and Von Miller make a nasty pair of pass rushers for Broncos opponents to worry about. The big problem I see with the Broncos defense and this is a John Fox thing, is its loaded with aging veterans. The fact that the Broncos can rush the passer, Miller and Ware have 15 sacks between them, is good for Peyton. When the Broncos get in those shootouts his defense has a shot at getting Manning the ball back.
John Fox often had good defenses with the Carolina Panthers that relied on old guys not getting worn down or injured. Fox is NOT a coach who likes to or is good at teaching young players. So the Broncos really need their graybeards to stay healthy and playing well to get to the Super Bowl.