Denver Broncos defense dominant on team’s 11-game winning streak

January 1, 2013 7:00 AM

Denver Broncos defense dominant on team’s 11-game winning streak
By Rich Kurtzman

" What makes the Broncos the most scary team in the NFL right now?

" Denver is dynamic.

(Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)

When the season started, all the focus was on Peyton Manning and the many questions that surrounded him. Could he bounce back from multiple neck surgeries to play at an elite level again? Was his arm strength there? Could he take the physical beating of an NFL season at 36-years old? Will he be able to implement his intricate offense with a brand new cast of characters? And so on.

Manning started out sluggishly, as did the Denver defense – the team stumbled to a 2-3 record to start the season. They lost to the Atlanta Falcons after Manning through a season-high three interceptions in the first quarter, and were beaten by the Houston Texans and New England Patriots when the defense was run over.

In Week Six, things looked dire as the Broncos were down 24-0 to the Chargers in San Diego at halftime, needing the win to even up the division standings at 3-3 each. The team came together at halftime, and it took an extraordinary effort from everyone to pull off the crazy comeback victory "

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