The Stupidity of Denver's Super Bowl Expectations

Posted on December 23, 2013 at 9:20 AM

While Peyton Manning continues to add to the greatest season of any player, at any position in NFL history, his team has been anything but remarkable. Denver's defense ranks 22nd in points allowed, 23rd in yards allowed and 14th in forced turnovers.

Everyone may be talking about the number 51, but they should start to concern themselves with 22-23-14.

No team in NFL history has ever won a Super Bowl with that level of defensive support. If you're counting, that's 47 Super Bowl champions since Lydon B. Johnson was President of the United States and zero championships to show for such defensive output. 

Zero-percent or if you want it numerically—0%.

So if the Denver Broncos fall short of winning the Super Bowl, who will shoulder the lion's share of the blame?


  • Their defensive unit that ranks towards the bottom of the league—allowing opponents to score at will?
  • Their 21st ranked running game in terms of efficency, who's ineptitude allows opposing defenses to load up on defensive backs?
  • Their offensive line, littered with backups who often fail to provide their quarterback with more than 2.5 seconds to throw the football?

Nah, my gut tells me that naturally, the blame willl be directed towards the league's MVP—despite having the greatest season in NFL history.

How many people at your local bar do you think are aware of the zero-percent championship success-rate with a 22-23-14 defense?
Zero percent?
I think that's a pretty safe assumption.

UPDATE: Von Miller will miss the remainder of the 2013 season with a torn ACL. In addition to the fact that teams with Denver's level of defensive support have won zero out of 47 Super Bowls—they will now be expected to overcome that zero-percent championship win probability without their best defensive player.

You know what that means, right? Get ready to see Peyton Manning shoulder the blame if his team can't do what no team has ever been able to do in the past 47 years.

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