At the beginning of this year, all eyes were on Peyton Freakin' Manning and his vaunted receiving core, as victories against the Ravens, Giants, Eagles, and Cowboys, in particular, showed the world how easily a mile-high hurry-up offense can waste opponents. All this time, the Bronco defense remained questionable. The running game barely existed.
Then, against Jacksonville, PFM just became Manning. He seemed to get worse and worse, throwing poorly timed interceptions, costing the team a game in Indianapolis, not playing well at Foxborough, making NFL wonder if Tom Brady truly was the better quarterback.
Yet, during this six-game stretch, the Broncos still won four of six. The defense, despite injuries and errors, helped the team when they needed it most. And Moreno and Ball showed the NFL that indeed, the Broncos have a running game.
Last week, against a good Chiefs defense, at Arrowhead, no less, Manning returned to form to the tune of five touchdowns.
It may be because Manning was injured. It may be because we played the toughest part of our schedule. Regardless, Manning is back, Decker decided to play, and I am excited.
If this team--despite the some of the worst, most critical injuries in the NFL--can put together the defense we saw in weeks 4, 10, and 11, with the offense from weeks 1 to 5 and 13, there is little doubt in my mind we will be seeing Tom Brady again--this time at our house, our weather, our altitude--and ultimately, our game.