No Von Miller. No Champ Bailey.
If the Broncos can topple the New York Giants on Sunday – and I believe they will – the franchise will make a siren statement to the rest of the NFL. The Broncos are jammed with offensive talent. This is no secret.
But the Broncos defense showed surprising power in their opener against Baltimore. And this power was shown, remember, without Von and Champ.
In June and July, the Broncos were the consensus selection to represent the AFC in the Super Bowl. In August, the Broncos tumbled from favorite status while the team struggled in exhibition games and Miller collected assorted legal troubles on his way to suspension.
On Sunday, I believe the Broncos will be back in the place of Super Bowl favorite.