It's hard to fault Vegas for not buying the Broncos, considering their offensive woes to start the season. But it seems they're overlooking one critical component—the Broncos defense.
The Broncos lead the NFL in sacks (26) and they were leading in takeaways (17) before their bye week. Now, they're No. 2 in that statisical category.
The "Orange Rush" defense is also ranked No. 2 in scoring defense, allowing an average of 17 points per game. But consider this; Peyton Manning has thrown three pick-sixes this season.
Take away the 21 points the opposition has received at Manning's hand, and the Broncos defense is only allowing 15 points per game. However, the Broncos have yet to face a quarterback playing at a Pro Bowl level in 2015—true.
But the same can be said for Aaron Rodgers. Rodgers hasn't seen a pass rush, or a secondary, like the Broncos thus far. Von Miller, DeMarcus Ware and company will have to play lights out in order to come out on top.
And the Broncos corners will have to play their best game of the season. Ultimately, if Manning and the offense found a way over their bye week to improve, and they're able to put touchdowns on the board, it's hard to see the Packers winning in Denver.
Conversely, if the offensive woes continue, it's hard to see Denver winning. The Broncos will likely consider it a good day if they hold hold Rodgers and the Packers to 20 points.
That puts the onus on Manning and company, going against the Packers No. 1 scoring defense and a pass rush ranked second in the league, with 23 sacks.
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