2014 for the Denver Broncos has been a great season. They won their fourth-straight AFC West Division title, they had nine players elected to the Pro Bowl. They secured the No. 2 seed in the AFC and a first-round bye.
But what's even more impressive, and perhaps prescient, is that they not only went undefeated at home, going a perfect 8-0, but they were also undefeated within the division.
There's an historical significance to that two-headed feat. The only other squad, in the history of the franchise, to go undefeated at home and in the division in the same season, were the 1998 Denver Broncos, who went on to win the Super Bowl.
Now, it would certainly be an exercise in hyperbole and speculation, but fans certainly hope that the 2014 Broncos will go on to eventually share one more milestone with their 1998 counterparts; that of Super Bowl champions.
But do the 2014 Broncos have all the hallmarks of their 1998 brethren? Back in '98, Terrell Davis led the Broncos offensive attack, eventually rushing for 2,008 yards and 21 touchdowns. It earned him the honor of being named the league MVP.
The '14 Broncos also have an accomplished rusher in the undrafted C.J. Anderson. Anderson amassed more than 1,000 yards from scrimmage and 10 total TDs, in only seven games as a starter.
Like the '14 Broncos, the '98 squad was led by a future Hall of Fame quarterback in John Elway. And unlike the Super Bowl-losing teams of the 1980s, the '98 Broncos had more than one way to beat you, besides relying on the right arm of their quarterback.
They not only had a MVP in the backfield, but they also featured two excellent wide receivers, in Rod Smith and Ed McCaffrey. The '14 Broncos boast two receivers, Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders, who not only surpassed 1,000 yards, but 100+ receptions.
The '98 Broncos had a Pro Bowl tight end, who would go on to be immortalized in the Hall of Fame; Shannon Sharpe. The '14 squad might not feature an HoFer at the position, but they do have a Pro Bowler in Julius Thomas.
The '98 Broncos had a top-10 defense, who had two excellent edge rushers in Alfred Williams and Neal Smith. The '14 Broncos also sport a top-10 defense and boast two Pro Bowlers on the edge, in Von Miller and DeMarcus Ware.
The '98 Broncos had a thumping Pro Bowler at strong safety; Steve Atwater. The '14 Broncos? T.J. Ward.
The deeper you delve, the more striking the similarities between these two accomplished teams. We all know how the 1998 Broncos finished the season. Whether or not the 2014 counterparts can follow suit remains to be seen.
But with John Elway and Peyton Manning, and their storybook careers, anything is possible.