4) A New Era in Denver?
The newest variable in the AFC and AFC West playoff pictures is the Denver Broncos with the addition of Russell Wilson, the best quarterback the Broncos have had under center since Peyton Manning.
This could very well be the dawn of a new age in the Mile High City with such an elite quarterback to go toe-to-toe with the likes of Herbert, Mahomes, and Carr.
But on the other hand, for as big of a Russell Wilson fan I am, I can't help but be a little skeptical having seen him have the season he did in Seattle last year.
Yeah, for Russ's standards, it was a rough go in 2021. For most other QBs, maybe not so much.
Was it just the fact that he wasn't fully healthy? He seemed to look better the later on in the season it got and the "healthier" he supposedly became.
Was it indeed the terribly-run Seahawks dragging him down? They've certainly been hampering him ever since Super Bowl XLIX, offering him a mediocre run game, one of the worst O-lines in the league every year, and an ever-diminishing defense.
Point is, I don't know what to expect from Russell Wilson in 2022-23. As a big fan of his, I'd certainly like to see him do well......not too well, though. I don't want him overshadowing Justin.
What I do know is that he's got a very young team around him now. Everybody is saying it's a better situation than Seattle, but he's still got a lot of unproven guys to work with on both sides of the ball.
The "potential" is there, but I think it's very fair to wonder if the Broncos will wind up being the biggest disappointment of 2022. They have all the makings of a possible train wreck.
If they do crater, great news for the Bolts. If they exceed expectations, Justin's got a fight on his hands.