Denver Broncos: A Crafted Pathway to a February Trip to New Orleans

Scotty McGrawCorrespondent IIINovember 16, 2012

CHARLOTTE, NC - NOVEMBER 11:  Von Miller #58 of the Denver Broncos during their game at Bank of America Stadium on November 11, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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Despite a tumultuous season start, the Denver Broncos have tightened up their squad and bolstered offensive chemistry with Peyton Manning.

They are riding a four game win streak and are scheduled to play against the struggling San Diego Chargers, who turn the ball over a painstakingly amount of times.

The Broncos possess the dynamic talent on all three sides of the football required for a Super Bowl run.

A veteran quarterback who has been to the Super Bowl twice already commands their offense.

The offense also has a workhorse running back, a mix of young and veteran wide receivers, a highly-consistent offensive line, and two tight ends both capable of playing a starting role.

On the defensive side of the ball, the interior defensive line and middle linebackers wreck havoc and penetrate offenses and the DE/OLB's apply high pressure to opposing quarterbacks. The defensive back crew features many veterans including Champ Bailey.

But don't count out special teams.

The Broncos have a strong-legged kicker and an accurate punter along with a newly acquired speedster at the return specialist position. 

Denver features a complete football team is built for a Super Bowl run.

However, multiple Super Bowl-caliber teams have collapsed. Late-season breakdowns are completed avoidable.

The first step is up front with the offensive line.

They have done a beautiful job with protecting Peyton, and if they continue to accomplish the task, their signal caller will be able to throw the ball accurately throughout the season.

The Broncos also have to be able to run the ball well, but RB Willis McGahee is past the 30-year-old mark.

He is still powering the ball up the middle and dashing it outside, but the Broncos need to utilize rookie and speed back Ronnie Hillman more and more to give McGahee more energy heading into the postseason.

Also, Lance Ball and Knowshon Moreno can also be used more frequently, as they are talented at receiving out of the backfield.

MaGahee will be crucial for consistency in late January—if they make it that far. 

On defense, the lethal combination of Von Miller and Elvis Dumervil needs to continue to rip quarterbacks to the ground. "VonDoom" needs to be a productive factor as the season progresses.

Alike the running back situation, the Broncos need to keep the cornerback rotation shuffling. Denver has a core of impressive young cornerbacks like Tony Carter and Chris Harris.

They also need to ease Tracy Porter back into football very cautiously, as he is dealing with symptoms of seizures.

K Matt Prater must continue to make long-distance field goals, as every point is crucial this late in the season.

P Britton Colquitt also has to continue to be clutch and provide long hang times. RS Trindon Holliday must be a lethal weapon in the return game.

So, if the offense stays healthy and puts up points, the defense stays strong, the veterans stay energetic, and the special teams unit continues to be special, the Broncos should find themselves in Peyton's hometown of New Orleans on February 3.