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  • From NFL.com. Good perspective on the team. I wouldn't bet a dollar on a win against KC but I agree they are trending upward.

    1) No team under .500 has a higher ceiling than the 2-3 Denver Broncos.
    If you're looking for a surprise playoff team, look no further.

    Like every Vic Fangio squad, it starts with defense. The Broncos rank sixth in net passing yards allowed per attempt and sixth in points allowed per drive despite having seven defensive players on injured reserve, including Von Miller, A.J. Bouye and Jurrell Casey. Fangio helped shut down Cam Newton on Sunday by sending an endless array of looks that confused the patchwork Patriots offensive line. Denver was ready for Newton's read-option plays. The Broncos' secondary is coached up to prevent big plays, with slot cornerback Bryce Callahan, safety Justin Simmons and multihyphenate Kareem Jackson playing well. After a slow start, pass rusher Bradley Chubb again looks like a superstar in Year 3.

    My optimism around the Broncos starts with the baseline that they have a top-10 defense and builds with a return to health of their offense. It should be no surprise they looked better Sunday with quarterback Drew Lock (out with a shoulder injury since Week 2), running back Phillip Lindsay (out with a toe injury since Week 1) and dynamic rookie tight end Albert Okwuegbunam (making his first appearance) on the field. Despite Lock's two late interceptions, he had time to make five to six dazzling throws, because left tackle Garett Bolles has Made The Leap in Year 4. (Drops didn't help Lock's box score Sunday.) When tight end Noah Fant (ankle), running back Melvin Gordon (illness) and wideout K.J. Hamler (hamstring) return, this offense will have as much speed as any team outside of Kansas City, even with Courtland Sutton lost for the year to injured reserve.

    The Broncos will need to beat those Chiefs in Week 7 to avoid falling to 2-4, but even that record wouldn't diminish my optimism. Denver is well-coached enough on defense and explosive enough on offense to be a lot better in December than it is now.
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    • I happen to believe the Broncos logo is in Cam Newton's head. He'll always have trouble against the Broncos after the SB outing. We were able to take advantage of that on Sunday. I'm not too high on Cam Newton
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      • Originally posted by dizzolve View Post
        I happen to believe the Broncos logo is in Cam Newton's head. He'll always have trouble against the Broncos after the SB outing. We were able to take advantage of that on Sunday. I'm not too high on Cam Newton
        Yeah he has PTSD from that game and our guys were in the same road whites worn in the SB.

        I'm glad he's on a team I already despise -perfect!




        Superbowl 50 MVP Von Miller on February 7th, 2016

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        • Love this one..
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