I’ve been saying for months now that the AFC is going to be wide open in 2013. That is, outside of the top few teams. Only two weeks into the season, it’s pretty clear which team is the cream of the crop – the Denver Broncos. This is really no surprise, but so far, the Broncos are exceeding nearly everyone’s expectations.
It started with a resounding opening night victory over the defending Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens. Peyton Manning put up better than video game numbers while showing that the best offense in football resides in Denver. The only question marks remaining were in regards to the backfield. But in the team’s week two victory over the New York Giants, Knowshon Moreno emerged as the team’s feature back.
Moreno racked up 93 yards and two touchdowns on the ground, while averaging an astounding 7.2 yards per carry. He showed that if needed, the Broncos can run the football too. This is not good news for the rest of the AFC.
On top of everything, people are overlooking the fact that the Broncos have a new offensive coordinator (Adam Gase). We’re only two games into the season, so Manning and company are still getting acclimated to their new coach. The safe bet is that this offense hasn’t even truly hit its stride yet. The heights it could reach, might be all-time great.
Yes, the Broncos have to play defense too. But so far the unit appears to be up to the task, and that’s without Von Miller. His return will no doubt solidify the unit. But when you have a high-powered offense that’s going to outscore nearly every team it faces, the defense gets a little more room to get the job done.
It’s still early, but overall, there’s no question the Broncos are once again the team to beat in the AFC.