Midseason Report: Denver Broncos

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- The Denver Broncos reached the halfway mark of the season chasing both history and the future.

While they now face the prospect of an extended absence of coach John Fox, scheduled for surgery this week to replace a valve in his heart, they sprinted through eight games behind a passing game putting up never-before-seen numbers and point totals through eight games -- so much so if Denver was shut out the rest of the way, 2013 would still rank as the 22nd-highest output in the franchise’s history. And since the league went to a 16-game schedule in 1978, this is just the seventh time the Broncos have reached the halfway point at 7-1 or better, and these Broncos would certainly take the good news that has previously come with that mark.

The previous six times, the Broncos reached the Super Bowl four times, winning the title game twice. And that is just the kind of future executive vice president of football operations John Elway envisioned when he took the job.