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Denver wide receiver Eric Decker isn’t exactly a secret weapon, but he is likely the key to the Broncos’ chances of winning a Super Bowl.

Yes, plenty of what happens to Denver revolves around quarterback Peyton Manning. Manning’s ability to handle the cold weather of January and February and his response to the pressure of the postseason are going to be watched closely.

But much of what Manning does depends upon the ability of his receivers to get open quickly. Manning is always at his best when at least one of his receivers can run the pass route the way the play is designed. That’s typical of most rhythm passers, but it’s particularly true for Manning, who has never adjusted well to the rougher play his receivers usually face in the playoffs. That rougher play also usually leads to better pass pressure against him.

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