Not quite yet. Although the game was incredible feat getting a little revenge on the Super Bowl champions, which entailed the 49-27 score, the most the Baltimore Ravens have ever given up in a game, there were a lot of “rookie” mistakes that still need to be resolved before the Broncos can be considered a Super Bowl caliber team, although they are one of the top contenders this season.
What is one that obviously comes to mind is Danny Trevanthan prematurely dropping the ball before entering the endzone. He got what looked like an intense talking to by defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio after that play which is warranted.
They also need to have a stronger running game in order to be that champion team. 2.8 yards per rush is not going to give Manning the breaks that he needs and passing all game will make the offense very predictable. It was good to see rookie Montee Ball getting a few successful plays so hopefully his skills will continue to increase as he increases his experience.
Aside from all those mistakes, Peyton Manning still tied the NFL record for seven touchdown passes in a single game which is unheard of in this era of football considering the last time this happened was in 1969 and also was the first quarterback ever to have at least 3 games with 6+ touchdown passes.
Duke Ihenacho (Photo Credit: Denver Broncos)
Also aside from those mistakes the Broncos still don’t even have their starting defensive roster with Champ Bailey’s injury and Von Miller being suspended. They were able to get two interceptions off the Ravens as well as linebacker Shaun Phillips having 2.5 sacks. Duke Ihenacho was the leading tackle with 12. The Broncos have players that step up when they are needed and if the team can achieve what they did without our starters then just wait until they are on the field.
Wes Welker and Julius Thomas scoring two touchdowns each proved how invaluable they are to the team. They are a combination that Manning didn’t have last season (being that they are using third year J.Thomas in another way).
Now with those records and what was accomplished Thursday aside from a few mistakes it is hard to negate that the Denver Broncos have a realistic potential to win a Super Bowl championship this year.