1. Emmanuel Sanders– John Elway took a risk and decided not to bring back Eric Decker and sign this guy instead and he’s emerged as the Broncos number one wide receiver. He’s a speedster that can make anything happen on the field. He’s a guy that can turn a short five yard gain into a 60 yard gain and possibly a touchdown. He’s become the top target and he has embraced his new role. Sanders has no problem at all making a big time catch when necessary whether it’s down the field or moving the chains for a new set of downs. You need a big play, Emmanuel is your guy.
2. C.J. Anderson– With the Broncos offense not being the same this season, the running game had to step it up and C.J. did just that. He averages over 4 yards a carry and when the passing game was struggling to make anything happen in the game, always get your running game going and that will force the defense to drop extra guys in the box and you can use play action to open up the passing game down the field. Anderson is a guy who can get in between the tackles and cut outside when he sees lanes open up. If the Broncos want to be successful on Sunday in the big game, he will be a big time x factor.
3. Brock Osweiler– I know he’s not playing but he deserves some credit and he’s getting it from me. The Broncos went 5-2 with Brock as their starter and many will say that he’s a big time reason as to why the Broncos are in the position that they are in.
4. Peyton Manning– This could potentially be the final time we see Peyton after 17 years in the NFL. He’s been such an ambassador for our game and he hasn’t been the same probably since his 2013 MVP season. He led the league with 17 interceptions in 2015 but he was named the starter for the playoffs and he has yet to turn the ball over. He’s not the guy that takes shots down the field vertically anymore, he’s become more of a game manager because of that stingy defense complementing him.
5. Von Miller– It’s been great to see him healthy. When he is, he’s a top five defensive player. He’s the heart and soul of this Broncos top rated defense. He’s a natural pass rusher meaning he’s got a fantastic first step, he has excellent hands to shed blockers, he has great speed and he has excellent footwork. he was a big x factor in the AFC title game as he intercepted Brady and constantly pressured him and collapsed his pocket. When the Broncos got to the Super Bowl two years ago, he was out with a torn ACL. Let’s see the difference he can make on Sunday.
6. DeMarcus Ware– At one time, he was the best defensive player in all of football. When you prep for a defensive player the same way that you would an offensive guy, you’re special. He’s lost a little bit of a step, but he’s still effective nonetheless. He can still get to the quarterback and when Elway signed him in 2014, he knew he was getting a veteran guy that could lineup alongside Miller and wreak havoc. He’s found the fountain of youth this postseason and is looking for his first ring in his NFL career.
7. Chris Harris Jr.- This man wasn’t even drafted and he’s become one of the key guys for Denver’s defense. When you talk to him, he’s a true student of the game. He loves football and it shows in his preparations and when he’s on the field. He’s a scrappy guy that can jam you at the line of scrimmage, he can be physical with you, he can stay with the receiver down the field and he sets the tone for that Broncos secondary.