If there is one element in the NFL that transcends all, it has to be parity. Parity, combined with momentum, enabled the New York Giants to vanquish the New England Patriots, thus preventing the only unbeaten NFL season in almost 40 years.
I have all the respect for the Indianapolis Colts and New Orleans Saints, especially their respective quarterbacks, Peyton Manning and Drew Brees. Nevertheless, in all honesty, it' s important to remember that if the Giants could beat the Pats that fateful Sunday with astronomical stakes on the line, no one is invincible under any circumstances.
Yes, Peyton Manning, (who in my humble opinion, will be the greatest quarterback to play the game once he hangs the cleats up) is going to be difficult for the Broncos to contain, but even #18 makes mistakes. The key is to capitalize on them.
If not, the Broncos risk giving up big plays to Manning's underrated friends Austin Collie, Pierre Garcon, Reggie Wayne and Joseph Addai. These guys become remarkable under the guidance of Peyton, so if the Broncos are to play their best, they must find a way to get significant pressure on Manning. If so, the Colts' young wideouts will be outmatched, I believe, against the likes of Champ Bailey, Brian Dawkins and Andre Goodman, among others.
As for the Broncos' offense, it bears mentioning that none other than Kyle Orton handed the Colts a loss at Lucas Oil Stadium's first-ever regular season game. Of course, this can happen again when one considers Brandon Marshall, Eddie Royal, Jabar Gaffney, Tony Scheffler, etc. are better than the misfits Orton was forced to play with last year.
With all of this said, I believe the stage is set for a great game. In closing, I really am glad to have Josh McDaniels' unconquerable spirit on our side. We will not flinch heading into Indianapolis, so we can all be assured that the Colts will get our best shot.
Much is at stake in this game so may the best team win. Here's hoping that team is orange and blue. GO BRONCOS!!!