What they say is true.
When things are going well for an NFL team, it never seems as good as it really is. And when they’re going bad, it seems worse.
Luckily for Denver Broncos fans, the first is the case.
Still, it’s as though Peyton Manning needs to rip off his helmet at midfield and bellow, “Are you not entertained?!”
Manning’s in the middle of rewriting the history books, both in the section for “quarterbacks” and “offense,” yet we want more.
Will he throw for 64 touchdowns this season? Can he really keep up the pace?
If he doesn’t, will fans be frustrated, upset or disappointed?
If Manning doesn’t at least break Tom Brady’s record of 50 TDs in a single season, it seems likely they will be.
Of course, if you were to ask Manning himself, he’d tell you personal records don’t matter. It’s all about team success, why he was fine with giving backup Brock Osweiler some action with the first team during garbage time.
These wild expectations don’t just go for Manning though, they apply to the entire team.
Last Sunday, the Broncos obliterated the Philadelphia Eagles 52-20 – a new team record for single-game scoring – yet fans still wanted more. If Denver could have put up 57, they would have set the NFL record for most points in the first four games of the season. Dangit.
Luckily for that group, they’ll almost certainly get the satisfaction of seeing another NFL record topple, as the Broncos need to score a mere 15 points against the Dallas Cowboys to have the most in the first five games of a season, which they could do in the first quarter with ease. These are all meaningless records as well, no doubt, but they keep us all entertained along the way.
See, there’s something I noticed when Denver went on their 11-game winning streak to end last season; fans became bored.
It’s boring to watch your team blow out the opponent week in, week out, especially when we all became accustomed to adrenaline-pumping, edge-of-your-seat, nail-biting finishes with Tim Tebow at quarterback in 2011.
Enjoy the mastery, the supremacy, the superiority that’s on display in Denver.
Manning’s a once-in-a-lifetime player, surrounded by likely the most talented receiving corps ever assembled in the Mile High City. The Three Amigos were cool, these three are ice cold.
Demaryius Thomas is a beastly young fellow; you can throw him the back-corner fade or toss it to him short and watch him run over DBs. Wes Welker has become the greatest slot receiver of all time due to his smarts, picking which option is best by analyzing the defense, then syncing that knowledge with his quarterback’s. And Eric Decker – despite his lapses of focus – is underrated because of the greatness of the other two.
Likewise, Trindon Holliday is the greatest return man to ever suit up in the orange and blue, and going back to 2011 and his start with the Houston Texans, he’s 20-0 as an NFL player.
Von Miller and Champ Bailey are out, putting on display the other gifted defensive players for the Broncos. Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie seems poised to take over as the No. 1 cover corner after Bailey retires, while youthful corners Tony Carter and Chris Harris continue to prove they’re worthy of playing important roles. On the D-line, a “has-been” in Shaun Phillips and a “never-was” in Robert Ayers have each recorded 3.5 sacks, tied for the team lead.
Can these Broncos go 16-0?
It’s the new hot question on everybody’s lips, or fingertips, if you’re talking Twitter.
There’s a possibility, yes, but let’s not get ahead of ourselves.
Enjoy the ride, Broncos fans, because you may never see football played at this high a level again.
Rich Kurtzman is cover32’s Denver Broncos Managing Editor. Follow Rich on Twitter (@RichKurtzman).