Peyton and the Broncos: Best Thing Since Sliced Bread

Peyton Manning of the Denver Broncos

First of all, I apologize for my absence, my Twitter accounts kept getting suspended but now my real McCoy has returned and I’m back in the saddle, and here to tell my perspective of the prolific Denver Broncos.

This season has been a nice start for Broncos fans as Peyton Manning has become the first NFL signal-caller to ever throw for 16 touchdowns and no interceptions within a four-game span in a league history that dates back to 1920.

Along the way, Manning has completed 75 percent of his passes while amassing 1,470 yards, which is good for 367.5 yards per game and 11.5 yards per attempt.

In other words, his average pass attempt entails 1.5 more yards than is required for a first down under normal circumstances so be assured the prodigious Tennessee product is getting the job done.

The Broncos’ fleet of wideouts has, through the first four weeks of the season, rendered defenses unable to stop the production, with Demaryius Thomas, Julius Thomas and Eric Decker each averaging at least 13.2 yards per reception.

Additionally, former New England Patriot and Miami Dolphin Wes Welker, has proven to be worth the Broncos’ investment as he has 6 touchdown receptions in 26 catches, or more than one touchdown in every five receptions.

In preseason, the running game was deemed to be  a considerable concern by many Broncos fans but the platoon backfield of Knowshon Moreno, Montee Ball and Ronnie Hillman has run for 481 yards and four touchdowns.

The only concern among the tailbacks has been Ball’s fumbles but head coach John Fox and offensive coordinator Adam Gase have still shown confidence in him, and for the most part, he seems to be holding the ball more carefully as was seen in last Sunday’s 52-20 win over the Philadelphia Eagles.

Overall, the team has amassed 44 points per contest, while surrendering 22 points per outing, so rudimentary mathematics teaches us that they are literally doubling up their opponents in margin of victory.

Incidentally, the Broncos’ +22 point differential is first in NFL annals through the first quarter of the season.

Perhaps the thing that has been the most astounding is that the Broncos, despite the absences of  linebacker Von Miller and Champ Bailey, as well as the season-ending  injury to tackle Ryan Clady, the team just keeps rolling along, setting records along the way.

Nevertheless, during radio interviews and NFL-sanctioned press conferences after games, Manning has maintained an even keel, saying he’s primarily focused on improving every week and always accrediting others, such as Decker and Demaryius Thomas for running “good routes.”

The point of this clause is that many fans on Twitter and message boards have surmised that the Broncos may be content with their current success but with Manning at the helm, I strongly doubt this is the case.

Manning, arguably the greatest competitor this generation has seen, broods over failure as much as other greats of the past have in sports, such as Michael Jordan, and was seen in visible disappointment in the September 23 win over the Oakland Raiders after the offense failed to score a touchdown late in the first half.

With Manning’s drive and the memory of last season’s AFC Divisional playoff loss to Baltimore, there are plenty of reminders to keep the franchise moving toward their goal as management distinctly realizes a Super Bowl title is the focal point.

Additionally, the resurgent Kansas City Chiefs, who have adeptly kept pace with the Broncos thus far this season atop the AFC West standings, remind the team that one misstep could move them into the wild card race.

As October commences in the NFL, another quarter of the season begins and the Broncos look forward to another opportunity to get better and perhaps, perpetually rewrite history books.

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