Peyton Manning can mask some of the Broncos’ deficiencies, if healthy. However, he hasn’t been up to par during the preseason and his inconsistencies as a passer could be problematic for a team built to attack through the air.
Prediction: 8-8, third in AFC West
If they can survive a brutal schedule to start the season, Peyton Manning and the Broncos should pile up enough wins over the second half to repeat as division champs.
Prediction: 9-7, first in AFC West
I know who the quarterback is. I'm still worried about Peyton's health after missing a year. And the defense overachieved last season.
Prediction: 9-7, third in AFC West
Peyton Manning can't get the evolving Broncos going against a brutal early schedule and it comes back to haunt them.
Prediction: 7-9, third in AFC West
Peyton Manning can turn Eric Decker or Demaryius Thomas into potential Pro Bowl players. Manning can even make Willis McGahee’s job in the running game easier, too. But he can’t do any of it from his back. Manning will need proper protection more this season than any other point in his storied career, and Clady is the man who will provide it on Manning’s blindside. This offensive line is under more pressure than any other unit in the league.