The Denver Broncos are tied for the best record in the NFL this season at 11-2. They sit atop the AFC West and control their road to the Super Bowl. The Broncos are also the top team in the conference, and if they win their final three games, they will have home-field advantage throughout the playoffs.
Their offense is producing at a record pace. Peyton Manning has thrown 45 touchdowns this season, and he could surpass the record for touchdown passes in a single season (50, Tom Brady, 2007) at any point in the next three games.
Manning is also on the verge of throwing for over 5,000 yards for the first time in his career. The 4,522 passing yards he has so far this season (in 13 games) represent the fourth-most passing yards he’s had in a single season during his illustrious career.
Knowshon Moreno is enjoying the best season of his career. He’s more mature and focused than he was earlier in his career, and the new mindset has paid off. His 920 rushing yards is the second-highest total he’s had in his career. Moreno could get over 1,000 rushing yards for the first time this season.
Manning’s success through the air equates to his receivers having great seasons as well.
They set a new NFL record with four players who have 10 or more touchdowns this season. They may raise that mark even further if Eric Decker (eight) can reach that total number of touchdowns.
Decker, Demaryius Thomas and Wes Welker are arguably the best starting trio of wide receivers in the entire league. There’s a chance that all three will go over 1,000 yards receiving this year. Only Welker (778) is short of that mark right now.
Tight end Julius Thomas has been a breakout player this year. The third-year tight end from Portland State has transformed from a former basketball star into one of the best players at his position in the game today.
Defensively the Broncos are battling through injuries and trying to improve each week.
I recently interviewed starting cornerback Chris Harris on my ESPN Radio show Ridin’ Shotgun, and he talked about adversity the defense has overcome this year. “We still haven’t played a complete game defensively.” Harris continued, “Our job is to work hard and improve defensively so we can advance through the playoffs.”
This team is certainly in a Super Bowl window, and they are very well aware of their strengths and weaknesses.
Regardless of what happens this season, the Broncos will have to eventually look toward next year. That will be the time they can look to improve any perceived weakness on the roster.
Let’s take a look at some areas that could be in need of improvement this offseason.
All quotes and injury/practice observations were obtained firsthand. Record/Statistical information provided via email from the Denver Broncos. Salary-cap/free-agency information found at OverTheCap.com