Peyton Manning will go down as one of the NFL’s greatest quarterbacks of all-time. Throughout his illustrious career, Manning has broken numerous NFL records – including Brett Favre’s record of 508 touchdown passes – and the Denver Broncos signal caller has just a few more opportunities left at claiming a second Super Bowl ring.
Crazily, his brother Eli has won the Super Bowl twice. Peyton’s first and only success to this date came back in 2007 as the Indianapolis Colts earned a 29-17 victory against the Chicago Bears. Manning’s youth and exuberance led the Colts to various AFC South titles and AFC Championship matches but, after Manning was ruled out of the entire 2011 season due to neck surgery, Indianapolis released him after 14 years of service.
Four years on, Peyton still owns just one Super Bowl ring but will believe that the Broncos are well equipped to challenge for their first NFL championship since they won back-to-back titles in 1997 and 1998. If Manning can regain the kind of form that he showed in the 2013 season, he is more than good enough to lead Denver back into the Super Bowl this season. The Broncos are priced at 12/1 in betfair’s NFL betting markets and many will fancy Manning to bow out with another crown.
On offense, Denver are stacked. They have downgraded slightly at tight-end, losing Julius Thomas to Jacksonville while picking up Baltimore’s Owen Daniels, but remain a potent threat in both the passing and running games. C.J. Anderson will be their starting running back but the more than capable Montee Ball will still receive snaps from time-to-time.
Defensively, the Broncos have come under scrutiny. While their secondary has certainly improved, they remain vulnerable and are often left exposed in 1-on-1 situations. While this may not be a constant problem, it is a cause for concern – particularly as the Broncos will face the likes of Andrew Luck and Tom Brady throughout the regular season.
To summarise, yes. Denver are more than capable of clinching the Super Bowl this season – an achievement that would further enhance Manning’s bid to be recognised as the greatest quarterback in the history of the National Football League.