At the bye: Denver Broncos

October, 16, 2012
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Here is a look at the Broncos and what needs to be done after the break.

Record: 3-3.

Reason they are in their current state: The Broncos are one of the most intriguing teams in the NFL after six weeks. They are average, but after their stunning and compelling 35-24 comeback win at San Diego on Monday -- the Chargers led 24-0 at halftime -- the Broncos have to feel great about themselves, especially after having a difficult schedule in the first six games of the season. The team is growing, quarterback Peyton Manning is playing brilliantly and the Broncos know they can now finish games. This could be a dangerous team moving forward.

Best player so far: Manning, without a doubt. He has to be considered a serious NFL MVP candidate. Manning has had one bad quarter, in Week 2 at Atlanta. Manning has thrown for nearly 1,000 yards and he has tossed nine touchdown passes in the past three games. There is little doubt, Manning, 36, is at the top of his game.

What needs to be done: Consistency on both sides of the ball. This is not a great team and it may not become a great team in 2012. But it can be very good. But this young roster most continue to mature on both sides of the ball and give Manning a chance as the team did at San Diego.

Fearless forecast: I think the Broncos will become a consistent winner and a tough AFC team down the stretch. The schedule lightens as Denver grows confidence. I see an upward trend developing.

Bill Williamson | email

ESPN San Francisco 49ers reporter

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