The Denver Broncos will win the Super Bowl. That’s right. I said it. All week-long, all I heard was Cam this and Cam that. The nu skool is taking over. Take your leather helmet, old balls and go home, grandpa, people told me. Fucking Roid Rage is outside my house right now dabbing (is that a form of masturbation?). Well, enough of that shit. Experience > Youth. Suck it, millennials. Let me tell you why, come Sunday, the Broncos will walk away victorious.
As great as Cam is (consensus MVP), let me ask you one, ok two, questions: What wins championships? Say it with me: DE-FENSE (clap, clap) DE-FENSE. Does Cam play defense? You can design all the read option (still a gimmick) plays you want, and you can have the best quarterback under center, and it won’t matter for shit against a hard-hitting, fast, aggressive, and smart defense. And that’s exactly what the Broncos are, and it’s no surprise they’re the number 1 defense in the league. Did you see what they did to Tom Brady last game?
They play a base 3-4 defense, and there front three of Vance Walker, Sylvester Williams, and Malik Jackson (soon to be the most coveted defensive player in free agency – did you hear me, Jerry Reese?) Anyway, those three bring consistent pressure, and that allows Wade Phillips (a/k/a the last person to take the Bills to the playoffs) to run many, many different schemes. Although technically they play a 3-4, oftentimes you will see 4 men on the line, as Von Miller and (ageless) Demarcus Ware will play both down and back. They are the best in the league in disguising blitzes. And it all starts from the play up front. But it certainly doesn’t end there.
They have superb linebacker play. We already touched upon Ware and Miller, but second year stud Shaquil Barrett tied for the league lead in forced fumbles with 5. And Aqib Talib and T.J. Ward anchor a prolific secondary.
But best of all, the Broncos D turns great quarterbacks into average ones. Need proof. Look no further than this postseason. Denver played Pittsburgh in the divisional round, and many thought Pittsburgh, with their high-octane offense, would win. Big Ben had the second best QBR in the league (76.9) during the regular season. Against the Broncos: 0 tds, and 53.2 QRB. But what about the Conference Championship game? So glad you asked. Denver played New England, the defending Super Bowl Champions. Again, many people (cough, Roid Rage, cough) thought New England would win. Tommy Terrific, who led the league with 36 touchdowns and only 7 ints, and a 64.4 QBR, got prison-style pounded. Stat line: 1 td, 2 int, 22 QBR. To put that into perspective, Nick Foles had the worst QBR for starting quarterbacks…at 30.
The Denver Broncos turn quarterbacks into Nick Foles. Period. The end. But we’re just getting started.
But Ginger, you say, Carolina isn’t exactly soft on defense. They too have a formidable D. True, but that brings me to my next point. Injuries. The Broncos have no significant injuries on their defense. Carolina has 2 key starters who are injured. Thomas Davis broke his arm two weeks ago in the NFC Championship Game. Since then, he’s had surgery, and now has a plate with 11 to 12 screws in his arm. That’s pretty bad ass, but obviously will be a limiting factor. Also, Jared Allen is limping into the Super Bowl. Allen fractured his foot in the playoffs against Seattle, and sat out against Arizona. With only three weeks to heal, will that give him enough time to be at full strength, to push off to get leverage at the end? Answer: no.
Wow, I can’t believe I’m 600+ words into this post and haven’t said these two: Peyton Manning. Sure, his neck is being held together with super glue and his forehead’s the size of a Buick, but if you think the NFL is not going to have Peyton Manning win his last football game ever, you are bat shit crazy. Put your tinfoil hat on and hear me out.
Peyton Manning has given his whole life to football. He is a football God, and will go down as one of the greatest players of all time. The consummate professional, who always stressed the team over individual accolades (of which he has many). The old gunslinger gets a chance to go out on top, and have the storybook ending of all storybook endings. And you can bet your ass RGI will give it to him.
Do you know what the NFL needs right now, more than anything? A good story. With CTE, domestic violence and Johnny Manziel appearing in the news daily, the NFL needs a hit. They need a feel good story to right the wrongs, and shift the country’s attention back to the lighter side of football. “See honey, football isn’t so bad. Look at Peyton Manning. Come on Junior, let’s go sign you up for the youth rec league.” “Thanks Dad. I love you, and I love the new, officially licensed NFL jerseys. Can I get one?”
And, while Peyton hasn’t been the Peyton of old this season, he’s still Peyton-fucking-Manning, and that’s pretty good by most standards. He’s been efficient (don’t say game manager), effective (don’t say game manager), and strategic (don’t say game manager) this postseason. Quick: who has thrown more interceptions in the playoffs, Peyton or Cam? Answer: Cam. Peyton’s thrown exactly 0 ints this postseason…not bad for a guy who doesn’t show up in the playoffs.
Another reason Peyton will succeed: Eli Manning. Obviously, I can’t write a Super Bowl post without telling you how Eli factors in. Not only has Eli given Peyton tips on the Patriots, but he also gave him tips on the Panthers. Little brother’s sage advice will pay off once again.
Also, Denver has better skill players on offense. Sure, Greg Olsen is better than any tight end on the Broncos, but I’ll take Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders over Ted Ginn, Jr. and Corey Brown all day long. Both Thomas and Sanders have over 1,000 receiving yards this season…Thomas has more yards (1,304) than Ginn and Brown combined (1,186). And in the backfield, CJ Anderson and Ronnie Hillman provide a better 1-2 punch than Jonathan Stewart and Fozzy Whittaker.
All the Broncos have done is prove you wrong this postseason. And they’ll do it again on Sunday. I think the game will be close and low scoring. I love the Broncos getting 5.5, and would bet the under, currently at 44. Defense will rule this game.
Remember the movie Tombstone (note: if you haven’t seen Tombstone, you don’t belong on this site). Anyway, Peyton is Doc Holliday, a man many thought was too sick and crippled to fight. But old Doc had one more good one left in him. Come Sunday, Peyton will show the world he’s got one more left in him.
Prediction: Denver 20, Carolina 17