The Denver Broncos won Super Bowl 50, but it’s kind of hard to enjoy it right now when their arch-rivals are in Super Bowl 51.
This team beat the New England Patriots twice last year, once with Brock Osweiler (who we know is not good at all), and a beat-up, 39-year-old Peyton Manning. The Broncos would have beaten the Patriots in Week 15 if they had anyone but Trevor Siemian at quarterback. Literally anyone.
And now, I sit here and wish The Sheriff came back for one more NFL season. He would have been better than anything Siemian did. Sure, he would have been 40 years of age, but you have to think a nice offseason full of rest would have made him somewhat healthier.
Manning would have taken the Broncos to the playoffs. That defense did its job, and it’s not like Manning would have to to do that much. Denver would have been in the AFC Championship Game against the Patriots, too.
Sure, winning in New England would have been a tough ask, but if Osweiler’s Texans can lose by 18 in a playoff game against them, why can’t Manning’s Broncos beat the Patriots in Foxborough?
The thing is, Manning wasn’t pushed out of the door by John Elway. He was bent on his retirement decision. But you can’t help but think Manning would have listened if Elway sold him the idea of winning ONE more Super Bowl together. Just one more.
But Manning, aka the only guy who can beat the Patriots in the AFC playoffs, retired. That’s a shame, because maybe Denver would be in their second-straight Super Bowl game.