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Published on 09/13/2008 at Sat Sep 13 18:59.
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I may appear an unbiased blogger atop my blue and orange ivory tower, but make no qualms about it, I am in fact an asshole. I’ll call any fan of an NFC team out with the quickness and let them know that the lowliest AFC Wild Card team would run the gamut all the way to the Super Bowl. That is if the AFC Wild Card team happened to be in the NFC. However, week one, fate came out of nowhere with her awful baseball bat and knocked me but good in the back of the knee.

The Chicago Bears beat the Indianapolis Colts convincingly Sunday night, the Dallas Cowboys made the upstart Cleveland Browns look like an expansion team… And Tom Brady is gone for the season. What?! The Kansas City Chiefs, playing with their backup quarterback, nearly took out the New England Patriots! How many suicide/pick ‘em poolers made permanent sweat stains towards the end of that game? You know who looked the best out of every team in week one? The Atlanta Falcons… The Atlanta … Falcons. Hmm. Well, that was until Monday night. At that point rookie receiver Eddie Royal smashed that little chip on Michael Turner’s shoulder with a sledge hammer.

You hear about how every team in the NFL had the opportunity to get Tom Brady in the draft, as he was picked in the sixth round. Every team could have drafted Terrell Davis, as he was picked in the sixth round. Well, every team could have picked Eddie Royal, as he was picked in the second round. The Broncos ignored DeSean friggin’ Jackson to get this guy. Hmm– I degress.

What’s going on here guys? The New England Patriots had, in the preseason, the easiest strength of schedule, followed by the Oakland Raiders, then the San Diego Chargers, and finally the Denver Broncos.

To me in my personal thoughts, this meant a resurgence of the AFC West, however deep in the dark depths of my mind. I also knew this– when the AFC West is the most competitive division in the AFC, the rest of the AFC is well, sad. Sorry for the sacrilegious talk, I will stop soon, promise. However, I am not ready to sit back and watch someone like the Carolina Panthers and Philadelphia Eagles split the next five to six Super Bowls.

ESPN’s preseason, ‘Power Ranking’  had the following order for their top 10: New England Patriots, Indianapolis Colts, San Diego Chargers, Dallas Cowboys, Jacksonville Jaguars, New York Giants, Pittsburgh Steelers, Seattle Seahawks, Cleveland Browns and Green Bay PackersThat top ten is a combined 5-5 coming out of week one… They’re petrified to update their rank for this week, because it’s going to include the likes of the Tennessee Titans (preseason rank  16), Denver Broncos (23), Baltimore Ravens (22), Philadelphia Eagles (13) and Carolina Panthers (20) all moving up significantly. In fact, looking at the list, it’s as if the AFC doesn’t exist anymore…

Now out of those five listed, who showed the most panache during week one? I told you that I love when nobody picks the Broncos to do anything prior to the season. I don’t know why though, it’s inexcusable, as anyone who had paid attention should have known that the Denver Broncos had significantly improved. The exclamation, beyond the surprises: Jay Cutler, Eddie Royal, Ryan Clady, Ryan Harris, D.J. Williams, Elvis Dumervil or Marlon McCree. The cold, hard fact is, Denver was playing without their most talented player (Brandon Marshall) and most notable off-season signing (Boss Bailey). Imagine what it’s going to be like with those two and future Hall of Famer Tom Nalen back in the starting lineup.

Yes, it was only a week ago, that more than a few experts were picking the Oakland Raiders to beat the Denver Broncos. It was only a week ago that the New England Patriots were shoe-ins to win the Super Bowl again. It was only a week ago that Peyton Manning was set to tornado the rest of the AFC and face-off against the Chargers or the Patriots in the AFC Championship game.

But beyond a week ago Denver fans, remember, a week ago is a week ago and Denver sits solo atop the AFC West, at least until week two is over… However, on any given Sunday, as you can see, anything can happen.

Now, let’s go Broncos!

  • Zac

    …good picture

  • BroncoFan18

    This isn’t going to last very long, trust me. Do you really think Peyton Commercial Guy Manning is gonna lose two straight? I don’t think so. The Atlanta Falcons are going to come to a screeching halt. Eventually, defenses will just stack the box to stop Turner.

    Those are just two examples. The NFC still has a long way to go. Don’t get me wrong, they’ll get there eventually, but that ‘eventually’ is a long way off.

    Still, anything can happen on any given Sunday, that’s for sure. Just remember last year’s Superbowl.

  • http://broncotalk.net Kyle

    The NFC won the Super Bowl and won more games than the AFC as a whole did last year.

    They have just as strong of teams with the Cowboys, Packers, Giants, and Eagles. I’d say they’re stronger this year.

  • BroncoFan18

    True. I forgot about the Eagles and Packers. I’m just not convinced that they are the stronger conference this year. The Colts are still going to win the South, the Steelers are looking pretty good so far (granted it was against Houston), and the Patriots still have 52 other guys that aren’t named Tom Brady on their team.

    Besides those teams, the Bills look like they are improving nicely and don’t forget about our Broncos! And of course, as hard as it is to say, the Chargers are still a very talented football team.

    What I’m trying to say is that the NFC may be improving, but the AFC is still the dominant conference.

  • Richard

    Ian

    I guess we were wrong about the Broncos being a “SURPRISE” team by mid October.

    By the way, the baseball bat goes to the side of the knee not the back, if you were from Chicago you would know that. If you’re from Kansas City, its the helmet to the side of the knee. If you’re from Oakland, it’s the bat to the side of your own head.

  • http://broncos-denver-broncos.blogspot.com/ Ian Henson

    Kyle,

    How would the Cowboys, Packers or Eagles have faced off against the Chargers, Jacksonville, Colts, Steelers or Patriots in the playoffs last season? That’s kind of my point. They win more games because they’re playing each other. A J.V. team may go undefeated, but they’re not ready to take on many varsity teams.

    This year though… I don’t know.

  • TJ

    Nice gratuitous beaver shot!!