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Peyton Manning is an obvious, yet vehement step up from Tim Tebow at quarterback.
Having a legend under center though also increases the level of expectations from fans and the organization. There is more pressure on Manning than anyone else, because Denver brought him into the Mile High City to win a Super Bowl.
Hoisting the Vince Lombardi Trophy is the ultimate goal in pro football and the Broncos have made it to just one AFC Championship game since John Elway retired. Manning also has a solid running game to rely on in Willis McGahee and rookie Ronnie Hillman, but the passing game will be all on him.
The Broncos don't have the most threatening of receiving corps, as Demaryius Thomas still has to fully develop and Eric Decker must be more consistently effective instead of just efficient. Jacob Tamme will be a reliable tight end, so look for Manning to target him more often early in the year.
Defensively, the Broncos made a great acquisition in cornerback Tracy Porter and selecting Arizona State's Omar Bolden. Von Miller and Elvis Dumervil will get quarterback pressures, but the secondary has to force more turnovers as well.
As for its schedule, Denver faces many tough opponents such as the Falcons, Panthers, Texans, Patriots, Steelers, Bengals and Ravens outside the AFC West.
Regardless, we've seen Manning dice up elite opponents before. And, with a strong defense to fall back on, Denver not winning a Super Bowl before he hangs it up will set the Broncos back quite a bit thereafter.
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