The Denver Broncos are headed to MetLife Stadium as the AFC’s representative for Super Bowl XLVIII. They had a record-setting offense this year and are set to top off the season with a world championship.
They didn’t have an easy path to the Super Bowl. The Broncos had to overcome plenty of adversity this season. Off-field and on-field problems created obstacles for them all season long.
The team had to initially overcome the loss of Von Miller for the first six games of the season due to the league’s substance-abuse policy. Denver went 6-0 during that time but not without facing more hurdles.
The Broncos practiced most of the offseason without left tackle Ryan Clady as he recovered from pectoral surgery. He triumphantly returned to the lineup for the start of the regular season, but the team was soon without him again. He suffered a Lisfranc injury in Week 2 against the Giants, and the Broncos put him on season-ending injured reserve.
In the Week 5 game against the Cowboys, linebacker Wesley Woodyard suffered a neck stinger that cost him the starting job. Middle linebacker Paris Lenon took over as the starter and didn’t give the job back.
Denver played most of the season without Champ Bailey. He suffered a Lisfranc injury in training camp and was in and (mostly) out of the lineup in 2013.
The team was rolling toward the postseason when Miller was lost again. This time it was a knee injury that ended his season.
After winning the No. 1 seed in the AFC, the Broncos beat the Chargers in the divisional round of the playoffs. In that contest, they lost starting cornerback Chris Harris for the year with a knee injury.
They got a scare in the AFC Championship Game when Knowshon Moreno went down with a chest injury. He’s OK and should be ready to go for the Super Bowl.
As you can see, the Broncos have not had an easy path. The roster has undergone multiple changes as they are on the verge of the biggest game of the season.
Let’s take a look at every position on the roster and examine where their strengths and weaknesses.