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2013 Denver Broncos Team Preview: Manning and His New Weapons Look to Remain an Offensive Powerhouse

Andrew Laird

Andrew Laird

Andrew Laird is the Senior Soccer Editor for RotoWire. He is also the Head of New Writer Training and a fantasy football and college basketball contributor.

State of the Franchise

There were plenty of question marks in Denver heading into last season and all of them revolved around one man: Peyton Manning. With the quarterback coming off five neck surgeries and missing the entire 2011 season, the Broncos made the biggest splash of the 2012 offseason and signed him to a five-year, $96 million contract. The risk/reward was pretty clear. Either Manning was healthy enough to return to his former All-Pro self or he wasn’t and the signing would be a disastrous event for the franchise.

Luckily, Manning turned out to be nearly better than his old self, finishing the season with 4,659 passing yards and 37 touchdowns, levels he had achieved only once in his career in Indianapolis. The Broncos went 13-3 in the regular season and were primed for a long playoff run. Unfortunately, Manning’s playoff woes from Indianapolis (other than 2006 and 2009) followed him to Denver, and the Ravens bounced the Broncos in the divisional

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