The Denver Broncos tumultuous preseason has elevated tenfold with the suspension of Von Miller on Tuesday afternoon. August 20, 2013 could be the day we all look back and say the demise of the Broncos began. The NFL handed Von Miller a 6 game suspension that starts at the beginning of the season.
Earlier in the summer, Miller defended his actions and said he didn’t let his teammates down. He almost seemed positive he wouldn’t be suspended. Instead, it was positive that he failed multiple tests. The loss of Miller might be detrimental to the Broncos chances of making the playoffs. They already lost their other top pass rusher, Elvis Dumervil to the Baltimore Ravens.
The most important stretch of the NFL season will be the first six games by the Denver Broncos. As the heavy favorite in the AFC West, the division was supposed to be a cake walk once again. Now Denver might get off to a slow start, and let a team like Kansas City vie for the division title all season.
The schedule may set up nicely for Denver due to the fact that they have four home games in the first six. Still, they have to control the home field advantage, and it wont be easy. If the Broncos can get by the first two games, then they should work through the first month rather easily. They open the season with Baltimore at home, and then they travel to New York to play the Giants. The only division rival to play Denver during Von Miller’s suspension is the Oakland Raiders.
Certain goals are out of reach for the season already. Von Miller will not be breaking the sack record in 2013. If Miller reaches double digits sacks this season, he’ll still have a productive season, but it will be all for naught if the suspension cost the Broncos a playoff berth.
While Denver has been hit hard by injuries and the Miller suspension, they still have Peyton Manning and the offense to bail them out of tough situations. They'll need to scrap for every yard early in the season.