Good Afternoon, Broncos fans! With their 41-23 demolition of the host Giants, the Broncos have sent another emphatic message to the rest of the league.
That is: We can kick all of your asses, even without our two best defensive players.
Denver has now scored 90 points and allowed 50, for a points differential of +40. Green Bay is a distant second in scoring, with 66 points, while Seattle is second in differential at +31.
PFR's SRS has Denver at +21.1, Seattle second at +17.1, and New England a distant third at +12.8.
Of course, the Broncos have reached this point while having faced two of their presumed toughest opponents. Remember how every handwringer out there had Denver looking at 2-2 after four weeks without Von Miller?
Admittedly, I was among those who thought the absence of Von would cause Denver some problems (I should add that TJ was decidely not a part of that crowd).
And no, my thinking wasn't that the Broncos would only beat the last two SB champs by an average of 20 points with their best defender sitting at home (we're assuming he wasn't out driving, but one never knows).
Next up for Denver?
The Oakland Raiders come to town for a Monday Night thrashing. Would it surprise anyone if the Broncos were to double their points differential next week?
At least the Raiders will enter the game on something of a high, as much as one can be proud of a 19-9 home win over the hapless Jaguars. It was such a riveting affair that an Orlando station essentially apologized for televising the game rather than Broncos/Giants.
But their excitement about being at .500 is tempered by the massive loss of safety Tyvon Branch to a fractured fibula. Obviously, Branch won't play on Monday - the real question is whether he'll be back in time for the Week 17 rematch. Our guess is that's a no.
As for the rest of the AFCW, Kansas City moved to 2-0 with a narrow 17-16 victory over the Cowboys at Arrowhead; Alex Smith threw two more touchdown passes, giving him four for the year against no interceptions. The Chiefs head to the City of Brotherly Love next week, where Andy Reid figures to receive a hearty welcome.
San Diego also won a tight affair, 33-30 over the Eagles in Philly, as former friend Eddie Royal continued his tear with three touchdown catches. That makes for five on the season, or five times as many touchdowns as he scored in his first season witht he Chargers. The Bolts will visit Tennessee next Sunday.
Peyton met with the sons of the late Frank Tripucka, who had so graciously allowed Manning to don his retired #18 jersey in Denver.
Tony Dungy says the Broncos offense can still improve from here, as Peyton Manning becomes better acquainted with Wes Welker.
Jeff Legwold continues to suggest the Broncos have a lot of issues to address.
Rest of the AFC
Houston is 2-0 after an electric 30-24 overtime win at home over the Titans. DeAndre Hopkins caught the winning score in OT after Texans kicker Randy Bullock clanged the potential game-ender off the upright to end regulation.
Miami improved to 2-0 after winning 24-20 at Indy, as Ryan Tannehill & Co. avenged their 2012 loss to Andrew Luck and the Colts.
It's hard to say this is a huge rebound from their thrashing by Denver in Week 1, but the Ravens evened their record by beating the visiting Browns 14-6.
Buffalo topped Carolina 24-23 on a last-second touchdown pass set up by Ron Rivera's passing on the opportunity to seal the game with one of the NFL's most effective short-yardage runners (Cam Newton).
Seattle stifled San Francisco, getting three touchdowns from Marshawn Lynch and forcing five takeaways in a 29-3 beatdown.
Green Bay trounced Washington 38-20 as Aaron Rodgers exploded with 480 yards and four touchdowns. RG3 was good for 320 yards and three scores in a losing effort, but Dungy actually suggested on national television that Washington may be better off with Kirk Cousins at the controls.
Garrett Hartley kicked a 27-yarder at the gun to give New Orleans a 16-14 victory at Tampa, where Josh Freeman is said to be demanding a trade out from under noted dickhead Greg Schiano. But as with Rivera and the Panthers, there's a good chance Hartley never gets that opportunity if Schiano had any balls or brains.
The Falcons and Rams are each 1-1 after Atlanta's 31-24 home triumph; Matt Ryan threw two touchdowns, while Sam Bradford had three.
Jay Cutler capped off a typical Jay Cutler game (three touchdowns, three turnovers) with a last-minute drive to lead Chicago to a 31-30 win over the visiting Vikings.
Arizona and Detroit are also each 1-1 following the Cardinals' 25-21 home win.
The No Fun League is looking to cut down on cussing amongst players, because the league and its fans are such delicate flowers.
The league may suspend Bucs safety Dashon Goldson for his head-to-head hit on Saints RB Darren Sproles.
Lions RB Mikel Leshoure reportedly wants out of Detroit.
Tim Tebow's on-field play clearly doesn't warrant him being an NFL quarterback, so perhaps his best hope is in his Zombies pressuring the Jaguars Westboro Baptist Church-style to sign him.
Ben Eagle recaps the day in GIFtastic fashion.
Chase Stuart examines crazy streaks of for teams as favorites.
Apologies for the extreme tardiness of this column. On a programming note, please look for all highlights and game info in the game recaps, as I'll be putting them there going forward.