In order to take pressure off Peyton Manning, Denver's defense and running game must perform well. Carolina sports one of the NFL's best run defenses. Which team will come out on top when Denver runs the ball?
Since Peyton Manning arrived in Denver four years ago, the Broncos have consistently been a Super Bowl contender. But unlike Denver's Super Bowl run two years ago, which was mainly orchestrated by Manning and a juggernaut offense, the Broncos are the AFC champions largely due to a suffocating defense and roster built with balance.