SB Nation - 3 (N/A)
A reliance on 1980s communications technology and a six-game suspension for Von Miller help keep the Broncos out of the top spot. Peyton Manning and a trio of 1,000-yard receivers will have to overpower opponents through the first six games. Fortunately, the only 2012 playoff team on the schedule during that stretch will be their Week 1 opponent, Baltimore.
ESPN - 4 (3)
Missing Von Miller for six games will hurt, especially with Elvis Dumervil in Baltimore. At least the Broncos' offense looks more than capable of picking up the slack.
I know people think this team has lost some of its juice in the preseason, but I still think this is the top team going into the season. The schedule is favorable early to handle the problems and the Broncos do have Peyton Manning.
Peyton Manning has enough weapons to outscore most teams until Miller gets back.
Associated Press - 2 (N/A)
The AP Pro32 is determined by a simple points system based on how each voter ranks the NFL's 32 teams. A team receives 32 points for each first place vote, 31 for second place and so on through to the 32nd team, which receives one point.
The Broncos were my favorite to win the AFC even before adding Wes Welker. The loss of Dumervill and the suspension of Von Miller are painful, but Shaun Phillips can plug the leak and the Broncos shouldn't have any issues winning shootouts.
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