Posted Sat Feb 9th by Jon Heath
“Of course Denver (will be the team to beat in the AFC,” NFL.com’s Steve Wyche wrote on Friday. “Its division is there for the taking as long as Peyton Manning is there. And frankly, the Broncos were one blown coverage away from facing the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship Game. Denver should be better in terms of overall team play because the receivers will have had more time to work with Manning. Plus, Manning could be healthier and more in tune with his transition to Denver. There is no reason why the defense can’t be as good, either. Denver will be the team to beat in the AFC.
“As far as strength of schedule is concerned, it means nothing right now, because things always change once the season begins. I put as much into the strength of schedule now as I do in Tim Tebow becoming New England’s starting quarterback.”
We don’t want to get too far ahead of ourselves when predicting 2013 (obviously, anything can happen), but Wyche is spot-on about the strength of schedule notes. A team’s win-loss record from the previous season means nothing. It’s what you have done lately that matters.