Can The Broncos go undefeated in 2013?

Call me crazy, but I think it’s feasible that the Denver Broncos go undefeated in the regular season in 2013. That’s a bold statement, I know. If you look at their 2012 season, free agent acquisitions and 2013 schedule you might start to agree with me though.

2012 schedule

Week

Opponent

Final score

 

1

Pittsburgh Steelers

W 31–19

 

2

at Atlanta Falcons

L 21–27

 

3

Houston Texans

L 25–31

 

4

Oakland Raiders

W 37–6

 

5

at New England Patriots

L 21–31

 

6

at San Diego Chargers

W 35–24

 

7

 Bye

8

New Orleans Saints

W 34–14

 

9

at Cincinnati Bengals

W 31–23

 

10

at Carolina Panthers

W 36–14

 

11

San Diego Chargers

W 30–23

 

12

at Kansas City Chiefs

W 17–9

 

13

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

W 31–23

 

14

at Oakland Raiders

W 26–13

 

15

at Baltimore Ravens

W 34–17

 

16

Cleveland Browns

W 34–12

 

17

Kansas City Chiefs

W 38–3

 

 

With Peyton Manning admittedly not at 100% the Broncos went 13-3, with all three losses coming in their first five games, all to playoff teams. Their worst loss of the season was by 10 points on the road against the Patriots. They beat the eventual Superbowl champions in the regular season on the road, and they won handedly. Considering the roster shake up that occurred in the off-season, that is pretty impressive. Had it not been for a botched play by their safety Rahim Moore in the closing minute, they would have advanced past the Ravens in the playoffs and had a home game against the Patriots.

So what did they do in the off-season? Went out and signed arguably the best slot receiver in the NFL in Wes Welker. They signed Luis Vasquez who was rated as the second best guard available in free agency. They signed a more than capable cornerback in Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie. Yes, they lost Elvis Dumervil, but signed Shaun Phillips to replace him and they think they found a great pass rusher in draft pick Quanterus Smith. Drafting Montee Ball was another great move to help solidify the rushing game and take some of the pressure off of Manning.

If you look at their 2013 schedule, it is honestly not all that difficult.

Week

Opponent

1

Baltimore Ravens

 

2

at New York Giants

 

3

Oakland Raiders

 

4

Philadelphia Eagles

 

5

at Dallas Cowboys

 

6

Jacksonville Jaguars

 

7

at Indianapolis Colts

 

8

Washington Redskins

 

9

 Bye

10

at San Diego Chargers

 

11

Kansas City Chiefs

 

12

at New England Patriots

 

13

at Kansas City Chiefs

 

14

Tennessee Titans

 

15

San Diego Chargers

 

16

at Houston Texans

 

17

at Oakland Raiders

 

 

Yes the AFC West has improved. The Chiefs figure to be substantially better this season and the Raiders and Chargers have taken steps as well. The Broncos start the season at home against a gutted Baltimore team and they will be very motivated to beat them. Next they head to New York for Peyton to take on his brother Eli and the Giants. Those are two of the five toughest games for the Broncos and both seem to be very winnable. The Broncos face the NFC East this year which is a wild card. Nobody knows how RGIII will respond to his knee injury or how the Chip Kelly led Eagles will fair. If the Broncos can win in New England in week 12 and in Houston in week 16 I don’t see them losing any other games, barring an injury to Peyton Manning.

The Broncos went 13-3 last season, losing all their games early while Peyton was still learning the limitations of his body. After that they scored 30 points in every game except for two. As the season wore on, Manning became more efficient and the Broncos steadily improved. They got considerably better this off-season on both sides of the ball. Their schedule is relatively easy. This Broncos team has a legitimate shot to run the tables.