The 2012 Denver Broncos have kicked off the year making major moves! Peyton Manning is the most important player in football, making the Broncos one of the most popular teams in the league. It was not just enough to bring in Manning, but Denver had to put the right pieces around their new QB to give them a chance to be successful this season. Last year, the team was led by the great running game of by former QB Tim Tebow and running back Willis McGahee. The Broncos had one of the best running attacks in the NFL, all while having one of the worst passing attacks. Manning is better than Tebow will ever be, but he is coming off of a devastating neck injury that many tought would send him to retirement. Nowadays, he claims he’s as good as new. If Manning returns to his old ways, Denver will be instant contenders for AFC champs. He is the key to the Broncos success. We all can’t wait to see what’s going to happen in the Mile High City. Here is more about the 2012 Denver Broncos.
Fantasy Football Studs: Clearly the team has upgrades at QB, and I so badly want to name Peyton Manning as a fantasy stud quarterback, but no one can make that call now. However, this man is a legend, and he will undoubtedly make the players around him better. But it’s hard to name anyone on this team as stud material. We are talking about a team whose leading receiver last year caught 44 balls for 612 yards. That’s atrocious! Not to slight Eric Decker and Demayius Thomas, who are definitely fantasy sleepers this year because of Manning. The only individual that might be considered a stud would be Willis McGahee, and that’s only because he ran for close to 1200 yards last year. That probably would have been more had it not been for Tebow running the ball instead of passing the ball. McGahee will definitely have more chances to carry the football, but he is a bit long in the tooth. The biggest fantasy stud for the Broncos will be the defense. Even though they lost Brian Dawkins, they still are full of players that can get it done. This includes Champ Bailey (who still has shutdown ability); and ball-hawks, Elvis Dumervil on the front four, and 2nd year linebacker, Vonn Miller.
Areas of Strength: The Broncos have a couple of strengths, but the biggest strength is that defense. It was the defense (not Tim Tebow) that was the most significant reason that Denver made the playoffs. No offense of the new Jet. The defense struggled the first half of the season, mainly because of injuries and an ineffective offense. But in 5 of the last 8 games, they not only won, but they held their opponents below 14 points. This season, they are fully healthy, and they are hungry. This maybe the best defense that Peyton Manning has ever had in his career.
Area of Weakness: This team really struggled last season in the passing game. And without stating the obvious, it caused the receivers to struggle. So going into this season, the weakest area are the receivers. Last year, Eric Decker led the team with 612 receiving yards and Demayius Thomas was second with 551. There are no other receivers from last year that need to be mentioned. Of course because of the new quarterback, they will be upgraded. But they also added some other vital pieces like TEs Jacob Tamme and Joel Dreessen, who will open up the field. If the passing game is what they expect it to be, weaknesses will be hard to find in Denver.
2012 Marquee Matchups: Seems like we want to see everyone face Payton Manning this year! However in addition to division games, there are some pretty exciting match ups. Week 1 Manning faces that Steelers Defense. Week 7 he faces an old friend: Tom Brady and the Patriots. After the bye week, its Manning vs Brees during Week 8. Week 15 the Broncos head to Baltimore. The Broncos have 5 games during prime time this year. I wonder why.
All Things Denver Broncos: There are several ways to keep up with the 2012 Denver Broncos. Here are a few great ways:
Apps: Denver Broncos Mobile for iPhone (by Broncos/YinzCam) and The Denver Post for iPhone (by The Denver Post)
Fan Clubs: Crush (Broncos fan club for women) Also the official Denver Broncos fan club can be found on www.broncos.com under fan zone.