NFL: Can the AFC compete with Denver and New England?

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Jan 19, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) meets with New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) after the 2013 AFC Championship game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Jan 19, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) meets with New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) after the 2013 AFC Championship game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

It might seem a little sacrilegious to talk about the NFL during the World Cup, but the NFL season is right around the corner and there are important matters to discuss. Like, can anyone in the AFC even challenge Denver and New England for the conference championship? It’s an especially important topic of discussion because it could render the regular season and first two rounds of the playoffs completely useless, at least in the AFC. Why even watch the regular season if it’s going to come down to the conference championship between the two favorites?

Both, Denver and New England were head and shoulders above the rest of the pack in the AFC last season. Yes, the Patriots had the rougher road after dealing with a slough of injuries to key players, so they had a few stumbles through the year and finished with a 12-4 record. Denver got off to a hot start and stayed that way for most of the season, finishing with a 13-3 record with losses to New England, Indianapolis, and San Diego. The Broncos also dealt with a slough of injuries to key players like Von Miller and several offensive linemen. It’s hard to imagine how much better Denver and New England would have done had their injured players had been able to stay healthy.

Coming into the 2014 season, Denver and New England have only widened the gap between them and the rest of the AFC through free agency, the NFL draft, and returning injured starters from last season. Here’s a look at Denver and New England’s roster changed this offseason, notice the similarities on the next slide.

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  • Anthony Poole

    Well Bryce just as soon as you start talking like they are by and large, “invincible”, I can’t help but laugh because you have just put a curse on both of them. With all the talk about how no one stacks up to them (and I will admit, on paper, they’re at the top) that’s why they play the games. It’s very possible that the Broncs or Pats won’t match up well with another team’s WR’s or defensive secondary. In the NFL, that’s all it takes! And…history tells us that even big name first year free agents don’t always play as well as they did with their old teams. Time will tell, but IMO, you’ve spoken a little too prematurely.

  • http://sbpra.com/paulvsuffriti Paul V. Suffriti

    The Chargers and Colts have upgraded nicely during the offseason and may be in the mix at the end of next season….all about key injuries and momentum.

  • steve

    I think the Broncos and Pats are the best teams in the AFC, with the Colts nipping at their heels and the Chargers and Bengals not far behind. Also, you can’t write off the Steelers and Ravens just yet. These are the types of teams that can make the playoffs with 9-7 or 10-6 records but be very disruptive to the “better” teams. So as a Broncos fan I am very excited about the coming season, and I do believe the Broncos are one of if not the best team in the AFC again, but by no means am I deluded to the point I don’t think any other team can’t compete with them.

  • Maria Rodriguez

    you. right Tom and Payton are the.end NFL

  • Maria Rodriguez

    psyton is going early thisyear no more ring for you