Denver Broncos's offense is worlds better than any other team in the AFC. 44.2 PPG is just absurd. That's +13.7 PPG on #2, Dallas Cowboys and +16.4 PPG to #2 in AFC, Colts. I probably don't need to explain their passing offense. As for their rushing, lets put things into perspective... the Broncos are only going to be facing AFC teams in the playoffs prior to the Super Bowl and we're talking about the most complete team i the AFC. Currently, the AFC as a conference is struggling in rushing. Broncos running back Knowshon Moreno is only #13 in total rushing yards in the league, yet is #3 in the AFC only behind Foster and Charles. Considering Peyton's dominance and the RB-by-committee in Denver, Monero's 373 rushing yards, #3 ranking in the AFC and 4.7 YPC is pretty impressive in my opinion. By the way, Monero's 4.7 YPC is only #2 in the AFC behind Tate (#7 in the league). So yeah, the sheer dominance of the Broncos passing game as in effective, made their running game very efficient and surprisingly middle-of-the-pack good.
Von Miller, Von Miller, Von Miller. His temporary-absence and value cannot be underestimated when properly judging the 2013 Broncos defense. He was a top 3 most valuable defensive player last season (alongside Watt and Atkins) for good reason. He is the complete package at linebacker when he's on the field (his personal issues have nothing to do with his on-field performance, and I seriously doubt he needs performance enhancers to dominate like he did last season). He can obviously rush the QB and often commands two defenders or the opposing team's best linemen, opening up holes for other Broncos. Forcing teams to double up or use their best on Miller can only have a positive effect on the Broncos awful passing defense. Again, I know Miller isn't out there to physically cover anyone (well, he might cover the slot receiver or tight end here and there), but ANY secondary can struggle badly--including a Jets one with GOAT Revis and Cromartie--when the QB has all day to throw. This will change with Miller's return, so lets judge the Broncos' secondary again in a couple of weeks. It's a real shame the Broncos lost Elvis because of an incompetent agent and fax machine, but Shaun Phillips should be able to make up for Elvis's production. The Broncos already have the league-best rushing defense (69.8 rush yards per game), so that's not an issue. Having Miller and his 50 tackles or so won't negatively change that in any way. It's the passing part that they are struggling with, and having an elite pass rusher will help them greatly.
Denver Broncos have one of the best, if not the best, special team in the NFL. Special teams is often an overlooked part... in the general football game and as an aspect of the Broncos's success. Matt Prater is money and Trindon Holliday is flash. I seriously think he's the fastest player in the NFL. Speed + return specialist whose sole placement on the team is to return kicks/punts + actual skills returning kicks is a deadly combination. Think Devin Hester before the Bears tried incorporating him in their passing game. I mean, the ridiculously dumb new kickoff spot hurts Trindon's value, but as evident on September 29 against Philly, he can still burn an opposing team's special team anytime they kick the ball to him. Even if teams started kicking away from him, at the very least, he'll help the Broncos win the field positioning battle.
I'm tired of these "savvy" Super Bowl picks. I'm a huge Luck fan and still hyped him as the best QB out of last year's draft prior to this season (despite Luck's interceptions last season, my love for Kaepernick, RGIII winning the ROY and Wilson seemingly having the best team around him). But still, the Broncos are going to represent the AFC in the Super Bowl barring an unfortunate injury to one player. Deal with it.
2012 Broncos defensive rankings with Von Miller
4th in points allowed per game (18.1 points allowed per game)
2nd in yards/game (290.8 yards/game)
3rd in rushing yards/game (91.1 rushing yards/game)
3rd in passing yards/game (199.6 passing yards/game)
The group is only more experienced together this season. You need to stop trying to be savvy, realize that special teams is apart of "balance teams" (just ask any Chargers fan) and wake up to reality... the Broncos are currently dominating teams without their second best player who just happens to be a top 5 defensive player in the NFL.
Also, the Cowboys and Ravens can be considered as teams that have a defense and are offensively capable. Considering how the season is only six weeks young, the Cowboys and Ravens small-sample size defensive rankings would be much better if you eliminate the beating the Broncos offense gave them.