The Denver Broncos, a team that is in first place in the West Division of the American Football Conference (AFC) with a Won-Loss record of 7-2 is a squad that may be in trouble. That’s because its future first ballot Hall of Fame quarterback, Peyton Manning, has an injury to his foot that may keep him out of this Sunday’s game and on the sidelines.
Manning actually had the worst game in his long professional career this past Sunday when he managed to complete only five of thirty-five passes attempted for a total of thirty-five yards. Worse yet, he was intercepted four times making his performance the most discouraging, by far, of his illustrious career.
This Sunday’s opponent and the game’s home team, the Chicago Bears, has a Won-Loss record of 4-5 and sits in third place in the North Division of the National Football Conference (NFC), three games behind the Minnesota Vikings, but still within reach of a Wild Card and an invitation to the postseason.
On paper, Denver, with its top-ranked defense, is the clear favorite in this game, even though Peyton Manning will not be calling signals. But games are not played on paper they take place on the gridiron.
The simple fact is that Chicago has “picked up its game” recently and has finally starting “clicking” on both sides of the ball while Denver, after starting the season by winning seven games has now lost two straight contests.
Both squads need this game if they are to fulfill their collective aspirations of playing in January. But, the suddenly revitalized Bears have the home field advantage and the momentum. Denver has been trending downward and will be lining up behind a substitute quarterback, Brock Osweiler.
Does that mean that the visiting squad from “the mile high city” is pre-destined to lose? The answer is, of course, a resounding no. At the same time, Chicago’s recent solid performances offer no guarantee that this squad will continue to play well when Denver is its opponent.
The National Football League (NFL) is now, and has always been, a week-to-week league. A great performance one week can, and often is, followed by a subpar performance the next week.
Injuries always play a key role in the performance of any team in professional football. And as this Sunday’s game draws closer, the Denver Broncos appear to be missing the one player they depend on more than any other, Peyton Manning.
The Chicago Bears, led by Jay Cutler, will be playing without the services of some key performers. But the home team is trending upward, playing well and is probably more confident than it has been at any time this season.
The Broncos will be relying on their stout defense to emerge victorious against the Bears. For its part, Chicago will be trying to capitalize on the momentum it has built up over the past couple of weeks.
This game, like those that follow in the weeks ahead, is important. The teams that line up against each other are hungry and determined. The outcome, at this point, is too hard to predict.
Courtesy of Fan Sided