After Denver went out and won the sweepstakes of the biggest free agent in NFL history, Peyton Manning and the Broncos had one of the most successful seasons in team history, going 13-3 that included an eleven-game winning streak. There were ups and downs, but for the most part it was about as close to perfection as it could’ve been for the new-look Broncos.
But as all Denver fans know, everything changed when the playoffs came around. Earning the first overall seed in the AFC and a first-round bye, the Broncos were upset by the eventual Super Bowl Champion Baltimore Ravens after an insurmountable 70-yard touchdown in the last minute of the fourth quarter that tied the game, followed by the eventual game-clinching field goal in the second overtime for Baltimore.
It’s tough for even me to say, but that was last season. As difficult as it will be for many years to come for the Broncos and the city of Denver to forget how last season ended and the nightmare thoughts of what could’ve been, it’s in the past and the new season is just weeks away. But it’s time to address the elephant in the room. What if the Broncos don’t win the Super Bowl this season?
If the 2012 off-season wasn’t outstanding enough for the Denver Broncos, they went out and made this team head over heels better for another run at the Super Bowl in 2013-14. They added pieces such as the best slot receiver in Wes Welker to add to Peyton’s arsenal, not to mention the college record-breaking Montee Ball to the back-field. They shored up the defensive line with the additions of Terrance Knighton and Sylvester Williams, and brought in Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie to make the secondary a new-strong suit.
And those are just the new additions. Count into the formula that Ryan Clady will protect Peyton Manning’s blind side for the long-haul with his new contract extension and Peyton still has Erick Decker and Demaryius Thomas lining up for him.
When you put everything together, the Denver Broncos are made for a Super Bowl run in 2013-14. But if by some unfortunate string of events keeps that from happening, the season will be considered a failure by many. A possible second-straight impressive regular season will mean nothing if the Mile high magic doesn’t translate to the postseason.
With that said, I say to the fans.. Enjoy the season. The Broncos are likely about to have one of the most entertaining seasons in a very long time. The entire team will be that much better in the second year of the Peyton Manning era, and this team is hungry enough to take the next step. Having THAT said, many are picking the Broncos to go all the way with the odds in their favor. Not winning the Super Bowl would be a massive failure, but enjoy the season for what it’s going to be regardless of the outcome. It’s going to be a good one.