Peyton Manning: Broncos Star QB Will Take Advantage of Remaining Schedule

Donald WoodFeatured ColumnistNovember 20, 2012

CHARLOTTE, NC - NOVEMBER 11:   Peyton Manning #18 of the Denver Broncos and head coach John Fox during their game at Bank of America Stadium on November 11, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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The Denver Broncos took a huge risk this offseason signing injured free agent quarterback Peyton Manning, but after 11 weeks of regular season football, the team sits atop the AFC West with a 7-3 record.

The risk has paid off so far, and judging by the remainder of the Broncos’ schedule, it will continue to be a banner year for the future Hall of Fame QB.

Every game from Week 12 through the end of the season will have Denver favored.

With a remaining schedule against some of the worst statistical teams in the NFL, there is a very real chance the Broncos finish 13-3 this season.

Denver Broncos’ Remaining Schedule

Week 12: Sunday, Nov. 25 @ Kansas City

Week 13: Sunday, Dec. 2 vs. Tampa Bay

Week 14: Thu, Dec. 6 @ Oakland

Week 15: Sunday, Dec. 16 @ Baltimore

Week 16: Sunday, Dec. 23 vs. Cleveland

Week 17: Sunday, Dec. 30 vs. Kansas City

Denver’s success this season comes on the shoulder of Manning and all the little things he has done with the offensive unit to make them a more efficient and dangerous machine.

With the emergence of Eric Decker and Demaryius Thomas as elite receivers on the outside and the revitalization of running back Willis McGahee under John Fox’s run-first offense, the Broncos have one of the most dangerous offensive units in football.

Led by Manning’s 2,975 passing yards and 24 touchdowns, Denver has emerged as a favorite to contend for the Super Bowl as the AFC representative, and the easy schedule is opening the door for a jumpstart to the playoffs.

The Broncos have four of the last six games on the schedule against teams with losing records (Chiefs twice, Raiders and Browns) so far this season, and the other two games (at the Ravens and home against the Buccaneers) and could easily be victories.

If Manning can lead the team on a winning streak into the playoffs, the squad could build enough momentum to carry Denver deep into the postseason.

With such an easy schedule, the Broncos have an opportunity to achieve greatness.

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