Broncos Look to Buck Trend as Offensively Challenged Super Bowl Winner

February 4, 2016   ·     ·   Jump to comments

The chips appear to be stacked against the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl 50. Not only is Denver taking on the Carolina Panthers, a 17-1 opponent that features the league's highest scoring offense and most opportunistic defense, but precedents suggest that a Super Bowl-winning Broncos team would be a major outlier. 
That's because in an age of offense, the Broncos aren't very offensive. 
Denver averaged 22.2 points per game in the regular season, which ranked 19th in football. Only one Super Bowl winner in history (the 2008 Pittsburgh Steelers, who ranked 20th) has ever ranked that low, even when adjusting for seasons in which the NFL possessed fewer teams. 
The 2015 Broncos have something important in common with the '08 Steelers and '02 Tampa Bay Buccaneers: All three ranked No. 1 in the league defensively. But unlike Pittsburgh, Tampa Bay and the '90 New York Giants, the Broncos did not post the league's lowest points-against total during the regular...

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