Broncos will be upset
Led by Peyton Manning, the Denver Broncos’ confidence is running on high after 11 straight wins. But given the team’s strength of schedule and a noticeable lack of quality opponents (how bad is the AFC West?), the Broncos seem primed for an upset.
In the 11 wins since they lost to the Patriots, the Broncos have beaten up on some struggling teams, including the Chargers (7-9) twice, the Chiefs (2-14) twice, the Raiders (4-12), Saints (7-9), Panthers (7-9), Buccaneers (7-9), and Browns (5-11). But they’ve also downed the Ravens (10-6) and the Bengals (10-6). That’s two or three (maybe even four, if you like) quality opponents since facing the Patriots.
When the Broncos see their next opponent, a team that will certainly have gone through the gauntlet to face them in the AFC divisional game, will they be ready for a dogfight? I doubt it. Manning can only do so much.