Can the Denver Broncos Go Undefeated?
The Denver Broncos are 4-0. The least amount of points they've scored in a game this season? 37. The most? 52. And they're not done yet. After another thrashing on Sunday, this time to the high-octane, offensive minded Philadelphia Eagles, Denver sets their target on Tony Romo and the Dallas Cowboys. All signs point to the Broncos being 5-0 heading into what may be the biggest one-sided match-up in NFL history in the following week--Denver vs. Jacksonville.
It's already been speculated that Week 6's match-up between the Broncos and Jaguars will register the largest point spread in NFL history. Those in Vegas who set the spreads every week have addressed the matter, suggesting the point spread may exceed 28 and reach 30. And it may be even worse than that.
Even when they're not facing the lowest of the low in the NFL, the Denver Broncos have been on a completely different planet this season. After trailing at halftime in their season opener against the defending Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens, Peyton Manning and the Broncos have absolutely dominated, winning by margins of 22, 18, 16 and 22. Not only that, but they're putting games away, outscoring their opponents 107-45 in the second half.
Now the question is, can the Denver Broncos do something only done once in NFL history--by the 2007 New England Patriots--and go 16-0 in the regular season? This is often a hotly debated topic every time a good team starts the season without a loss, but there is a very real chance that Denver at least has a shot. In 2009, while still with the Indianapolis Colts, Peyton Manning started the season 14-0 and would've almost definitely finished the regular season undefeated had head coach Jim Caldwell not pulled their starters in the final two games. If you take a moment to compare rosters, it would appear that this Denver team is far superior. Peyton Manning, Demaryius Thomas, Wes Welker, Eric Decker and Julius Thomas on offense, Trindon Holliday returning kicks and punts and don't forget that Champ Bailey and Von Miller have yet to take a single snap on defense all season. This team is loaded.
That said, there is one and only one game I could see Denver losing this entire regular season, and that's one of the face-offs against Andy Reid's new-look Kansas City Chiefs. Prior to this season I predicted the Chiefs to go 11-5 and win one of the Wild Cards. Kansas City sits at 4-0, tied with Denver for the division lead, and they appear to be getting stronger every week. Now, I don't think the Chiefs are better than Denver--that's because no one is--but with the way their offense doesn't turn over the football and their stout defense, they have every chance in the world to beat the Broncos in one of two games.
We're already a quarter through this 2013 NFL season, and so far, the Denver Broncos look as good as any team we've ever seen. Will that translate into a 16-0, or dare I say 19-0 season? We'll have to wait and see.