Peyton Manning: QB Icon Will Lead Surging Broncos to Super Bowl

Richard Langford@@noontide34Correspondent IDecember 4, 2012

DENVER, CO - DECEMBER 2:  Quarterback Peyton Manning #18 of the Denver Broncos adjusts the play at the line of scrimmage during a game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Sports Authority Field Field at Mile High on December 2, 2012 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)
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Denver Broncos fans, go ahead and start making plans for New Orleans because Peyton Manning is taking this team to the promised land. 

This team has far more talent than just Manning, but it is the former MVP that will ensure the Super trip. 

This is exactly what John Elway and the Broncos brass had to be dreaming of when they inked Manning to a five-year, $96 million deal this past offseason. 

While signing the quarterback was a no-brainer, it was not without risk. After all, Manning missed the entire previous season while he was dealing with his neck issues, and there were no assurances that the 36-year-old would return to his immaculate form. 

At the forefront of the concerns were Manning's arm strength. Those concerns were reinforced in Week 2 as Manning uncharacteristically chucked three picks in Atlanta, and he did so with wobbly passes that lacked force. 

However, since then, he has embarked on eliminating those concerns. Since that game, Manning has thrown for 26 touchdowns against just six interceptions. 

His lowest quarterback rating for a game since that Week 2 effort has been 83.0, and that came in the next week.

Manning has been simply dominant, and he and his offensive teammates are getting more in tune with each passing week. 

This has elevated the entire offense, and in particular Demaryius Thomas. The third-year wide out has blossomed into a legitimate star while being teamed up with Manning. He has already amassed 1,114 yards and eight touchdowns. 

The 6'3" receiver has athleticism that is off the charts, and Manning knows how to put him in a position to showcase his skills. 

With Manning at the helm of this potent attack, there is not a defense in the league that can hope to contain this offense. The Broncos will hang points on anyone.

Combine that with the fact that Denver is tied for second in the league in yards allowed per rush, and that is going to force its opponents to pass to try to keep up. 

And that is where the Broncos' defense is at its best. Led by the amazing Von Miller, the Broncos are second in the league in sacks. 

This is a solid football team, and they have the best quarterback in the NFL leading the way. He will help carry this team all the way to the Super Bowl.