Confidence. Help yourself to some, Broncos Country.
Your team is never out of it. It's a weird feeling isn't it? It's that Manning feeling.
Maybe you didn't feel it at half time of the Chargers game, when San Diego lead 24-0 and the Broncos looked hopeless. But you felt it when the smoke cleared and Denver had scored 35 unanswered points.
You certainly had that Manning feeling last week, while the Broncos were decimating the Saints.
But did you have that feeling today, when the Broncos fell behind, when Manning had thrown two picks, when the Bengals scored a touchdown to make it 20-17?
I'm not saying I am some kid of soothsayer, but I Tweeted at the time: "The Broncos can overcome a three point deficit to the Bengals to win". Denver then went on to score 14 unanswered points. A meaningless late field goal was all that Cincy had left in them. Their dispirited fans had even less left in them - they had left long before that kick.
Peyton Manning doesn't make all the plays. It takes a team to win. But the Hall of Famer does give his team mates that feeling that they're never out of it. It's our turn. We fans need to get that Peyton feeling. We should just know by now.
Now the Broncos are 5-3 and with #18 at the helm the sky's the limit. Is anybody counting them out now?
Make no bones about it: Kyle Orton is to blame for the first loss to the Raiders at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in week one. He deserves one more chance, though. Precisely one.