Why .500 Broncos are AFC's best

After just six weeks, Peyton Manning already making those around him better

Originally Published: October 23, 2012
By Vince Verhei | Football Outsiders
BroncosHarry How/Getty ImagesThe Broncos may be more fearsome than they appear.

If there's a favorite team to represent the AFC in the Super Bowl this season, it probably would be the Houston Texans. They have the best record in the conference at 6-1, they just waxed the next-best team (Baltimore) 43-13, and their only loss came at the hands of an NFC squad (Green Bay). Is there any reason to think they won't be hoisting the Lamar Hunt Trophy in January? Actually, yes.

The Texans are not the highest-ranked AFC team in Football Outsiders' latest rankings. That honor goes to the Denver Broncos, perhaps the league's most underrated team.