Are New England Patriots The Team To Beat In The AFC?

By Ryan Wenzell
Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

The Denver Broncos look to have essentially wrapped up the No. 1 seed in the AFC. What does this mean for their Super Bowl prospects? Not much at this juncture, unlike the NFC where the Seattle Seahawks look like the out and out favorite to represent their conference in the Super Bowl the AFC is a bit more jumbled and competitive.

The Broncos have squandered home field in the past — just look at last season. Which team is the biggest threat in their quest to represent the AFC in the Super Bowl? You guessed it, the New England Patriots.

Tom Brady is playing at an extremely high level, with rookies and inexperienced players at the skill positions to boot. He might not have huge numbers like Peyton Manning, but make no mistake about it, he is firmly in the MVP discussion for leading this team with injuries and inexperience to a 9-3 record.

Brady always seems to be productive, even without elite skill players; that hasn’t changed this season. The Pats had one of the most incredible comebacks in league history against none other than Manning a few weeks ago. That still has to be fresh in the veteran’s mind. Brady and Bill Belichick are by far the most deadly coach/quarterback combo in the league. They have also proven that they can win in any environment or climate there is.

Brady and Belichick in January? Too good to bet against. It will be the Patriots, not the Broncos, who represent the AFC in February in this year’s Super Bowl.

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