1. Defense does indeed win titles– Many Super Bowl winning teams have been led by a dominating defense. The 1985 Bears, 2000 Ravens, 2002 Buccaneers, 2013 Seahawks and now we can include the 2015 Denver Broncos in that list. From week one until the big game this past Sunday, the Broncos defense held their own and they were the best defense in the league from start to finish. A healthy Von Miller and DeMarcus Ware definitely made the difference and when you can simply rush four and drop so many guys back like they did all year, you can get the job done. They carried the Broncos all season long and that’s why they have the Lombardi trophy.
2. Romo is very valuable– A year after winning the NFC East, things went south for the Dallas Cowboys in 2015. In week one, Dez Bryant went down with a broken foot and a week later, Tony Romo went down with a broken collarbone. After a 2-0 start, the Cowboys lost their next seven games. As much flak that Romo may get, you can’t deny that his presence does make a big time difference. When he did come back, they won and a week later, he suffered the same injury and was lost for the rest of the season. I think we’ve all come to appreciate the Cowboys quarterback some more now.
3. Aaron Rodgers is human after all– Jordy Nelson went down with a torn ACL in the preseason. That’s Aaron Rodgers go to guy and many figured the Packers would be fine because #12 was under center. The Packers started 6-0 and other guys were stepping up for this offense. After that fast start to the season, the Packers struggled to score and Rodgers just looked like a much different guy compared to other seasons. The Packers would go 4-6 in their final ten games of the year including losing the season finale to the Vikings which gave Minnesota the division title.
4. It’s not always sunny in Philadelphia– The Eagles had quite the offseason leading up to the 2015 season. A year after releasing DeSean Jackson, they decided to part ways with LeSean McCoy and traded him to the Bills, they didn’t resign Jeremy Maclin, signed Murray from the rival Cowboys and traded away Nick Foles to the Rams for Sam Bradford who’s had a history with injuries so how would this all pan out? The Eagles were so inconsistent from the jump and never got into a rhythm that they wanted too. Chip Kelly eventually lost his job and the Eagles missed the playoffs once again for the second straight season.