Peyton Manning's Start with Denver Broncos Must Be Deemed a Success

Nathan Fordyce@natefordyceContributor IIIOctober 18, 2012

DENVER, CO - SEPTEMBER 30:  Outside linebacker Von Miller #58 of the Denver Broncos celebrates with outside linebacker Wesley Woodyard #52 and strong safety Chris Harris #25 of the Denver Broncos after he tackled running back Darren McFadden #20 of the Oakland Raiders to bring up a fourth down at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on September 30, 2012 in Denver, Colorado. The Broncos defeated the Raiders 37-6.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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As the Broncos season stands, it has to be viewed as a success so far.

Before the year started, there was chatter about the Broncos being a Super Bowl caliber team just because they added four-time NFL MVP Peyton Manning.

But when the Broncos lost to the Atlanta Falcons, Houston Texans and New England Patriots, there were those who thought the Manning experiment was a disaster.

That's the joy with the NFL, people's thoughts and opinions on a specific team can and do change on a week by week basis.

And for the Broncos, all of sudden they are looking like they are favorites to win the depleted AFC West after a historic comeback on Monday Night Football after they were trailing 24-0 going into halftime against the San Diego Chargers.

Once Manning and the offense started clicking, the Broncos defense started creating turnovers and the Broncos made the rally and won 35-24.

So here are the Broncos sitting at 3-3, which on a normal year wouldn't look too good. But this year, it doesn't look all that bad.

The reason it doesn't look that bad is not only because they are tied atop the AFC West with the Chargers, but they are also tied for third in the entire AFC as there are only two teams with winning records (Baltimore and Houston are both 5-1).

Also, Manning is still adjusting to his teammates and still getting all the rust off from the year off of football. All of that will soon no longer be an issue and the Broncos can increase their productivity on offense.

So yes, through the first six weeks of the season, the Broncos year has been a success. It's not the start that some optimists thought they'd have but it's not about the start, it's about the finish.

And in the finish, the Broncos face teams with a combine record of 19-34.

The scary part for those remaining games is that the Broncos have only put together two complete games. That's a scary thought seeing that they outscore their opponents 79-6 in the fourth quarter.

If the Manning and the offense can click for all four quarters, all of a sudden this team looks like a team that could win a Super Bowl.

The Broncos have had success on defense in spurts. Von Miller and Elvis Dumervil have combined for 11 sacks and the defense has created 10 turnovers. The key for the defense will be to limit the big plays and not giving up early big leads.

Yes, it's not the defense isn't the only reason for the early big leads. As the Broncos have continued to have slow starts and have early turnovers that dig themselves in a hole.

But after six weeks, the Broncos season has to be viewed as a success. It's a success that still needs a lot of improvement.