The Denver Broncos barely made the playoffs last season, but this season they dominated the entire season through and enter the 2013 NFL playoffs a team with a real quarterback and a Top 6 scoring defense. There will be at least a few home games at Sports Authority Field at Mile High and a trip to Super Bowl 47 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome is very much in play. There is reason to believe the Denver Broncos tickets this season and this time it has nothing to do with a wild card like Tim Tebow.
This time the reason for hope is significantly more tangible on the field. His name is Peyton Manning and he chose to play in Mile High despite being better suited for one of the other suitors. The result has been one of the best seasons of his career. Manning had the second year of his 15-year career. He managed to do so with a very young receiving core. Demaryius Thomas and Eric Decker took up the outside and Brandon Stokely ran the slot routes. The Denver Broncos offense was not pass heavy though. In addition to averaging 280 yards through the air, a complement of running backs managed to run for 110 yards.
While the offense has been enough to take the Denver Broncos to the top of the AFC West, which is not too difficult task, the Broncos defense is going to carry the football team beyond the division playoff round. Denver managed to sport a Top 5 scoring defense. The team gives up passing yards, but they play the bend and not break game, tightening up in the Red Zone.
Even if Peyton is not able to recreate the success of the brief Tebow era, Bronco fans are well aware that the future is far from over. Manning may only have a few seasons until he retires, but the Broncos are going to be Super Bowl contenders until then.