After the 2012 NFL schedule was released, it was easy to surmise that the Denver Broncos had their work cut out for them, especially early on. So should we be surprised that they sit at 2-3 after five games? After all, their three losses are to two teams that are still undefeated and the reigning AFC champions.
In the offseason, the Broncos made the biggest splash by bringing in one of the best quarterbacks the game has ever seen in Peyton Manning. With that came some very lofty, if unrealistic, expectations.
There are still 11 regular-season games to play, and the Broncos can lay their claim to the best team in the AFC West by knocking off San Diego on the road this Monday night. But not everyone on the team has pulled their weight.
Here is a look at four players who need to pick it up and be bigger contributors to the team's success.