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The Mile High Report staff has discussed the Denver Broncos' weaknesses, strengths and several other questions pertaining to the 2016 campaign. But what can the team do to repeat as Super Bowl Champions?

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The Denver Broncos are a world class organization and undoubtedly one of the most storied franchises in the NFL. Few teams can realistically say every year that a Super Bowl is their ultimate goal. But for the Broncos, one of the most consistent contenders in the entire league, Super Bowl aspirations are always a reality.

Yet the journey to such heights is never easy.

Winning one Super Bowl is a task in itself.  A handful of franchises across the league still don't know what that feels like and truth be told, some never will.

It took seventeen years for Denver to reclaim such glory.  A length of time that seemed like an eternity for fans who have endured a rollercoaster ride of emotions over the past two decades.

Tales of victory have flourished in the Mile High City, yet solemn reminders exist in the annals of history that remind us of the tragedies the team and its fans have endured. The deaths of former Bronco players Damien Nash, Darrent Williams and Kenny McKinley will never be forgotten and their memory will live on through the players, coaches and staffs whom they shared a bond with in their short time with the team.

However, those dark days are over.

Like a phoenix rising from the ashes, under the guidance of John Elway and his associates, the Broncos have seen the light and ascended beyond such tribulation. Solidifying themselves once more as a powerhouse franchise to be reckoned with on any given Sunday.

With football back in business, thirty-two teams have began their quest in pursuit of the NFL's most prized possession the Lombardi Trophy.

But how can the Broncos fend off the rest of the NFL and repeat as Super Bowl Champions?

Efficacy at the Quarterback Position

Mark Sanchez shows the improvement that other veteran quarterbacks who landed in good situations showed and the defense stays healthy. - Joseph Mahoney

They get anything from the quarterback position, at all. We're talking one touchdown per week average, two on a good day. The running back stable seems packed and now full of guys that can catch out of the backfield and a room full of tight ends that can catch the ball as well as they can block. Seems action-packed for a rookie quarterback who may find the benefit in camp from a few college free agents that ran Lynch's offense in college (Bralon Addison and Mose Frazier) not to mention last season's offseason offensive MVP Jordan Taylor.  - Ian Henson

Paxton Lynch is ready by Week 1. If he is able to get Kubiak's system down enough to start Week 1, then by the playoffs he will have a firm grasp of enough plays that the Broncos will have a decent shot at repeating. I simply do not think Sanchez has the ability to perform well game after game, especially in the playoffs. Fortunately, Kubiak's system invariably shortens the field and reduces the number of reads a quarterback has to make, so I am confident Lynch will be the guy at some point this season. - Tim Lynch

Drew Brees ends up on the Broncos roster by week 4. - Brandon Perna

Offensive Consistency

I have no doubts about the Broncos' defense in 2016.  They will be just as good, if not better than they were in 2015.  The huge question mark for me is can the Broncos improve offensively.  Questions at several positions (quarterback, tight end, offensive line) exist, but the overall talent on that side of the ball improved through the draft and free agency.

With year-two of Kubiak's offensive system implementation underway, I believe we will see more consistency on the offensive side of the ball.  I foresee a drastic improvement in regard to the running game, and believe that it will be the strength on that side of the ball in 2016.  In turn, that will help open up the passing game and allow players like Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders make the big plays we have seen them make year in and year out.

The Broncos offense doesn't have to be great in 2016 for Denver to repeat as champions, but they have to perform better than they did last season.  - Christopher Hart

The defense can do its thing and Sanchez proves to be a competent quarterback. To think the Broncos can do it with defense alone is foolhardy. Remember, there were a lot of "miracle" finishes. The Broncos could have easily been 2-7 instead of 7-2 without head scratching, religion changing miracles. So don't expect last second fumbles for touchdowns, or miraculous pick six's to seal an impossible victory.

The law of averages says that that won't happen a second year in a row. I get it, "you make your own luck" blah blah blah, and I agree, but miracles don't come around every week. Because of that, we need the offense to take some of the heat off of the defense. We need the offense to play well enough that they don't put the defense into an impossible position and pray for miracles. We need "average" offensive output, and with how QB friendly and RB friendly the Kubiak offense is, we should and will get just that. - Pete Baron

The offense scores 17 points per game, and manages the football. No turnovers, and get 17 points. Let the D do what the D does. (I like the alliteration of that). They can win every game 17-14. The defense might even throw in a score, 24-14. They can run that recipe all the way to a repeat. - Adam Malnati

The Broncos run the football like a Kubiak offense is known to do. That means the offense is rolling and not as much pressure is on the defense to play perfect.  - Ian St. Clair

Defensive Domination

The defense continues to dominate, plain and simple. The key is for Wade Phillips to keep teams from being able to key in on weaknesses by changing up his play calling enough to not be stale. The team is so absolutely stacked with talent on defense that it is more limited by play calling than by talent. Sadaraine

With A Little Bit of Luck

...if nothing bad happens.

Seriously, with this team of Pro-Bowl-caliber players everywhere on the roster, the simple answer is if they do what they did before but maybe just a little bit better - the quarterback engineers a few touchdowns a game and doesn't turn the ball over, the running game is stout, the Orange Rush dominates, linemen stuff the run, the No Fly Zone continues its ball-hawking ways and Brandon McMoney keeps that leg in good condition. 

The reality is that nothing is actually easy about doing all that, and even the No. 1 defense and some of the best offensive weapons around also need a little luck. - Laurie Lattimore-Volkmann

Securing Home Field Advantage

They win the AFC and secure home field. A little trite, I know. But can you imagine how the post season would have played out if we weren't at home against the Patriots for the AFCCG? When we have our home crowd making noise, our pass rush can absolutely wreck opposing teams. Plus, regardless of who is at QB, I don't like seeing Sanchez or Lynch having to go into Foxboro or Cincinnati in the playoffs.  - Jeffrey Essay

Sound off in the comment section and tell us your formula for the Broncos to repeat as Super Bowl Champions. As always, thanks for reading and enjoy the rest of your weekend.