Led by Peyton Manning, the Denver Broncos completed the best offensive performance in the entire history of the NFL. The defense is peaking at the right time, Manning has the best passing targets he’s ever had, and the running game is the biggest compliment to the legendary quarterback’s arm. Today marks as the Year of the Horse on the Chinese calendar, these are many reasons why the Denver Broncos will win Super Bowl XLVIII.
Superstitions aside, the Broncos have overcome an embarrassing end to last season and plenty of adversity to earn a trip to the Meadowlands. Whether it be Von Miller’s suspension, John Fox’s open heart surgery or a slew of injuries among their starters, there are plenty reasons why the Broncos shouldn’t be where they are; but thanks to Manning, they are well deserved of their seventh Super Bowl appearance in the history of the franchise.
Even though the Broncos are slight favorites to win the Super Bowl, they still have to go out onto the field and play the game. The Seahawks pose as the biggest threat to Manning this season and are a very respectable opponent. Defense does win championships, just not against the best offense of all time.
Will the Broncos win by a landslide victory? It’s not very likely. Do the Broncos have a better chance to win over the Seahawks? Absolutely. Nobody is a clairvoyant, but the stars may be aligned to cap off their near perfect season with a Super Bowl victory. How exactly will they do it? Here are five reasons why the Denver Broncos will win.
1.) Peyton Manning
En route to his fifth MVP award of his career, Peyton Manning is coming off the best season played by a quarterback in the entire history of the NFL. After eclipsing NFL records of touchdown passes and passing yards, anything less than a Super Bowl victory would be an utter disappointment.
The Seattle Seahawks have a very good defense, perhaps the best in the entire NFL; but Manning has gone up against some of the best defenses this year and came out a winner. He also happens to be an offensive mastermind, unlike any other quarterback to ever play the game.
2.) Rush defense
The Broncos have one of the best rush defenses in the NFL. In the AFC championship, the Broncos front seven held LaGarrett Blount to only 6 yards on the ground after he thrashed the Indianapolis Colts for 166 yards and four touchdowns. The Broncos have a daunting task of containing Marshawn Lynch and Russell Wilson, the most threatening rush attack they have faced all season.
The way the Broncos had become one of the best rush defenses in the NFL is because of their offense. As Peyton Manning and the Denver offense racks up points like gangbusters, they force their opponent to abandon the run and throw the ball.
3.) Receiving corps
When Peyton Manning receives his fifth MVP award, he can give partial credit to the best receiving corps in the NFL. Demaryius Thomas, Eric Decker, Julius Thomas and Wes Welker were on the receiving end of 47 of Manning’s 55 touchdown passes on the season. Richard Sherman may be the best corner in the league, but he faces the four toughest matchups he will face all season with the Broncos top four receivers.
4.) Offensive line
No Ryan Clady, no Dan Kopen, no problem. Have gone almost an entire season without their starting center and Peyton Manning’s blindside tackle, the Broncos have the best offensive line in football. Allowing a league low 20 sacks in the regular season and zero sacks in the playoffs, the Denver o-line has anchored the Broncos to the Super Bowl despite a lack of experience and plentiful injuries.
Anchored by All-Pro guard Louis Vasquez and up-and-coming center Manny Ramirez, the Broncos offensive line has kept Manning's jersey free of grass stains on multiple occasions this season.
5.) Knowshon Moreno
Although it would be inaccurate to call Seattle’s run defense a weakness, it is their lone soft spot. While their defensive line and secondary are the best in the league, the Broncos can use Knowshon Moreno and their running attack to their advantage.
Coming off his first 1,000 yard rushing season in the same year Peyton Manning broke the touchdown and passing yards records, Moreno has also added over 500 yards from 60 receptions. More importantly, Moreno hasn’t lost a single fumble this year; atypical to his previous four seasons.
Facing the best defense in the NFL will be no easy task, but the Broncos can remain confident in Knowshon to get the job done. And with the emergence of Montee Ball as his backup, the Broncos run attack could prove quintessential in a Broncos Super Bowl victory.