Reasons to be Cautious:
Loss of Dumervil/Von Miller’s Suspension – While Phillips can lessen the blow of the loss of these two, make no mistake, the Denver front 7 is not as good as it was in 2012 with these two missing. However, the defense should have the luxury of playing most games with the lead.
Manning’s Age/Health – Other than the neck injury, Manning has been extremely durable over his career, however, anytime you have a 37-year-old QB, injuries have to be of concern.
Age at Cornerback – They have big first round names (Bailey, DRC, Jammer), however, age is a bit of a concern with Bailey (35) and Jammer (34).
Rahim Moore – Any team that has Rahim Moore listed atop their safety depth chart worries me. I have never seen a safety take a worse angle and make a more boneheaded play on a ball than Moore did in the 2012 playoffs.
I really like this Denver team, however, the 14-2 prediction is as much about the weakness of the AFC competition as much as it is about how good Denver is.