Monday, January 7, 2013

The Denver Broncos: Super Bowl Champs?

   The Baltimore Ravens beat the Indianapolis Colts handedly in a 24-9 Wild-Card showdown.  They will now travel to Mile High to take on Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos.  The last time these two teams met was Week 15 and the Broncos blew out the Ravens 34-17 in Baltimore and it wasn't even as close as the score indicated.  As we wait to see how the number one seeded Denver Broncos will fare against Baltimore, we must ask: can they win it all?
   It is safe to say that the Denver Broncos are the hottest team in the NFL.  As we all know, once you get hot in the playoffs, you can go all the way.  Just look back to the past two Super Bowl champions: the New York Giants and the Green Bay Packers.  The Giants and Packers got hot at the right time and flourished to the Super Bowl and never looked back.  Denver is riding an 11-game win streak since starting the season (2-3).  In the beginning of the season, the Broncos had a rough patch in the schedule and I believe they were finding their identity with Peyton Manning at the helm.  Now the Broncos have found their stride and are believing big things can happen with their team.
   They may have confidence, but the Broncos have a huge test coming up Saturday at home.  They must face a tough Baltimore team and this time they have Ray Lewis.  The Ravens are feeding off the fire of this being Ray's "last ride" and the 17-year veteran retiring after this season.   Denver destroyed the Ravens in Baltimore in Week 15, but can they handle them in a tough playoff atmosphere at home?  I believe they can and Denver will rely on that Top five defense to rise to the challenge.  Peyton Manning has won his past 9 games against the Ravens including the playoffs.  I believe the Denver Broncos will make Peyton's streak rise to 10 and not look back.  In my honest opinion, the John Elway glory days will be back in Mile High as Peyton Manning holds up the Lombardi Trophy in New Orleans at Super Bowl 47 and proves the preseason doubters wrong.  Now will this happen?  We can only watch and find out through the 2012 NFL Playoffs.

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