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  1. #1
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    Balance of Power? AFC - NFC

    Right now - I'd say the Broncos appear to have the best roster and the best situation in the AFC.

    The Patriots are faced with rebuilding the entire passing game - as they have 4 new WRs and 4 returning (only one of whom caught a pass last year). The golden boys at TE as both injured again - and their defense need help last year.

    The Ravens lost two key retirements - and some for Free Agency- they had a good draft, but are they going to fit right in? Flacco with a big contract, but he is streaky as a QB.

    The Texans - look to be the best challengers for the Broncos in the AFC. They also have a QB who is very good, but not elete. Breaking in a new 2nd WR target - and slipped on defense in the 2nd half of the season. On top of that Ed Reed had hip surgery.

    You have to go to the NFC to find some teams that can hang with the Broncos at this point on paper. The 9ers, the Falcons and the Packers.

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    Seattle may be the best team in the NFC

    NFL.com had a poll

    Seattle v Denver Super Bowl

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    I agree with Seattle

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    Well on paper the Broncos look great right now. That said I think both leagues are a little more wide open than what the paper trail looks like.

    In the AFC the Broncos look great and are rightly considered the favorite by many. They not only had the best record, but it took an incredible gaffe for them to lose to the eventual super bowl champion. And the offense only got better in FA. The Pats lost some key players and have some injuries, but so long as they have Tom Brady they're always going to be a real threat to win it all. The Ravens lost some key players from their superbowl run, but they drafted really well and Flacco was at the top of his game in the playoffs and he's paired with one of the best RB's in football. The Texans have had a nice offseason after a great 2012. They also have the best defender in the game and probably the best defense in the conference. Pittsburg similar to Baltimore lost some key players but had a great draft also Pitt wasn't very healthy last year is no stranger to having big time rebounds after disappointing seasons. Finally Indy has a promising young QB and have brought in a little more support around him. They may have a dropoff after the emotional high of last year, but there is definitely upside with this team. Any of these teams are legit threats. Still you have to once again look to the Pats and Broncos as the favorites.

    In the NFC you have probably the two most complete teams in football in San Fran and Seattle. Similar to Denver and New England in the AFC these are the teams everyone is looking at in the NFC. Although people would be foolish to count out the likes of Green Bay, New York, Atlanta, New Orleans and Washington. Any of those teams have the talent and big names to make a run at the top two.

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    San Fran is the scariest team in the NFL - they, to me, will be the team to beat - the ORGANIZATION knows what it is doing ( just look at their incredible draft ) ... Of all the young QBs ( Ryan, Stafford, Luck, RGIII, Wilson etc ) I'd take Kap in a heartbeat - he is the real deal as far as running that style offense . . .

    I'm going to toss out some surprises, both good and bad :

    - Washington will not be a factor in the playoffs, as I see them failing to even make it ... In true Shanahan form, the team ranked at the bottom of the NFL in total defense ( 28th ), and of all the young QBs, RGIII is the most overrated/hyped of them all - perhaps it is the lasting vision of him in that playoff game, but he's smallish and doesn't seem built for the long haul like Kaepernick .

    - The Colts are going to emerge as one of the 2 or 3 of teams in the AFC that could present a problem for the Broncos - obviously, they don't have the horses ( get it ? ) that the Broncos do, and I think Manning vs their secondary is a definite mismatch - but as we've seen with Manning in a playoff atmosphere, he can lose his command when emotions get high ( enter Montee Ball )

    - The Texans are the paper tiger of the NFL - teams that buckle really bother me, and this team has been gutless as they rolled over at the end of the season ... looking at their schedule, they could realistically be 2-3 after five games, and if that happens, they could start to cave. Not impressed, at least as a contender ......

    - The Browns - I am impressed with the direction, and while they might not be a threat this season, their D will probably be very good and Norv as an OC was a great move, as was signing Desmond Bryant ... They are a little light in the passing game, and that's what keeps them from being a top team ... Still, I'm sticking w/ my prediction that they win that division ......

    - KC - see above - the Browns of the West, but with an experienced HC and QB ... KCs defense is going to be that much better with the improvements they have made on offense ... Sweeping KC will be no easy task .......

    What is really sad for me as a Bronco fan is the demise of the Raiders - I hate to see it b/c I love the rivalry ... poor Dennis Allen - the guy is in so far over his head - I really thought they had something going w/ Stu Jackson, but the exodus of some of their better players ( Bryant, Heyward Bey, Seymour ) and the fact that Allen is in way too deep, make me think the Raiders could realistically be a 2-14 team ( their schedule is not easy )

    The Vikings, Eagles and Rams will all be better than expected - the Rams are stuck in a very difficult division

    The 'Skins, Ravens and Pats will surprise everyone by missing the playoffs

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    IMO, it's the 49ers and Broncos to lose.


    The 49ers are the best team in football. The Broncos are in an easy division and should get the #1 seed again.

    Excellent analysis by Lucas. He omitted the Falcons who have a shot.
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    * I meant Hue Jackson w/ the Raiders, not Stu ( as a Warriors fan, I've got basketball on the brain right now )

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