Beauty and the beast 

With the playoffs looming large, the Broncos have looked like world-beaters against top-tier opponents but not so much against mediocre teams.

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Chris Brewer of The Old North End is a fundraiser.

On a scale of 1 to 10, rate the Broncos' chance of playing in the Super Bowl. They're great on defense, but inconsistent at quarterback. I give them a 6.

Should Manning be the starter, if he's healthy? Stick with Osweiler; he's going to be quarterback for the next 10 years. Manning's arm is gone. He's as valuable on the sidelines coaching Osweiler as he is on the field playing.

If you bet a hundred bucks on the Super Bowl, who'd you put your money on? Carolina. Cam Newton is the MVP, the Panthers have a consistent running game and their defense, if not the best, is one of the best.

Is there a team you love to hate? The Dallas Cowboys, with New England a close second.

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Arlene Acosta of Fountain is a project manager.

Will the Broncos get to the Super Bowl? I don't think they can. Manning is hurt and Osweiler lacks playoff experience.

If they don't make it, what'll be their downfall? The offense just isn't as good as the defense.

If you bet on the Super Bowl, who'd you go with? Man, I don't know. I hate all the other teams. The Patriots, I guess.

Is there a team you especially love to hate? Oakland, totally. It killed me when we lost to them three weeks ago.

Who's your favorite Bronco? I like Osweiler because, given his lack of experience, he's done really well.

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  • Peter Crosby

Peter Crosby of the Valley Hi neighborhood is an information technologist.

On a 1-to-10 scale, rate the Broncos' chance of making the Super Bowl. They have a strong defense and Osweiler gave the offense new life. If Manning [starts], they'll be even stronger on offense. I give them an 8.

If Manning is healthy, should he or Osweiler start? Because of his phenomenal record and strength of character, Manning should start if he's able.

What'll be their downfall if the Broncos don't make the Super Bowl? Injuries to key players like Von Miller, Emmanuel Sanders or Demaryius Thomas.

If someone spotted you a hundred bucks to bet on the Super Bowl, who'd you go with? Carolina. They're an exciting young team. Cam Newton is phenomenal.

Who's your most hated team? The Oakland Raiders. They had unsportsmanlike players in my younger days who openly cultivated being outlaw.

Who is your all-time favorite Bronco? John Elway. We wouldn't have won those Super Bowls in the '90s without him.


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