Broncos are #1 among sportswriters, bandwagoners, and computers

Good Morning, Broncos fans! The people have spoken, and they think the Broncos are the bestest.

Unfortunately, these people to whom we refer are sportswriters and bandwagon fans, so there's that.

For the first time since 1998, the Broncos are America's favorite NFL team, according to the latest Harris Poll on the subject.

Also, Denver is atop the AP poll for the first time this season, just ahead of San Diego.

But maybe all of these voters know what they're talking about.

The Broncos also rank #1 according to Advanced Football Analytics' efficiency ratings, PFR's SRS, and FO's DVOA.

Denver is one of three teams (Cincy, San Diego) to rank in the top ten on both offense and defense according to AFA.


Corey Nelson says he feared the injury that ended his senior season would also prevent him from getting a shot in the NFL.

According to Jeff Legwold, Denver's offensive linemen are tipping running plays with their footwork.

Kenneth Arthur says Von Miller is the league's best outside linebacker, and perhaps the best defensive player this side of J.J. Watt.

Andrew Mason and Legwold (offense, defense/special teams) revisit Denver's win over the Jets.

Cecil Lammey checks the film on Ronnie Hillman's first NFL start.

In his latest mailbag, Mike Klis predicts Denver will re-sign Julius Thomas and use its franchise tag on Demaryius Thomas, with Chris Harris perhaps pricing himself out via free agency. Also, Klis says Matt Russell preferred Le'Veon Bell over Montee Ball, but Pittsburgh drafted Bell 10 spots ahead of Denver's spot.

Aqib Talib was mic'd up for Sunday's game in New Jersey; through five games, it's easy to see Talib has been worthy of that big contract.


The family of the late Dave Duerson filed an objection to the NFL's concussion settlement.

Cleveland signed former Broncos defensive tackle Sione Fua, who had a solid preseason but remained a free agent after being cut in August.

Dallas guard Doug Free (foot) will miss 3-4 games; Cincy placed wideout Marvin Jones (foot) on IR and worked out Terrelle Pryor; Tennessee added tackle Will Svitek; the Giants signed wideout Kevin Ogletree; Philly cut lineman Wade Smith; former Colts linebacker Pat Angerer is retiring.


Greg Cosell studies tape of the Cowboys' upset of Seattle.

Doug Farrar says Oakland's 2014 draft class is already delivering, and he thinks the Seahawks are starting to look mediocre.

Matt Bowen breaks down the play of Raiders QB Derek Carr.

Bill Barnwell discusses the teams currently outside of the playoff picture.

Jon Bois apparently has many readers who don't learn from their mistakes, at least not after the first time.


Among Chase Stuart's statistical notes, the Cardinals are the only team yet to have thrown an interception this season.

Bryan Frye's SOS-adjusted Pythagenpat ratings have Denver at #2, behind Baltimore.

Mike Freeman makes an amateurish statistical case for Brett Favre as a better QB than Peyton Manning.

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