Power Poll: Denver Broncos among AFC's elite

  • By Gregg Rosenthal
  • Around The League editor
  • Published: Oct. 30, 2012 at 10:59 a.m.

The AFC is taking a lot of heat this season for being the weaker conference. It should. ATL's weekly Power Poll entry is hardly scientific, but the bottom seven teams on the poll are all from the AFC.
Still, the difference of high quality teams between conferences is overstated. There aren't insanely dominant teams in either conference. The AFC is top heavy but it has roughly the same amount of title contenders as the NFC.
The Houston Texans are as balanced as any team in football. The New England Patriots roster is better than a year ago despite their record. This is a more talented group. The Denver Broncos have emerged as true threats with Peyton Manning playing so well. We have doubts about the Baltimore Ravens and the Pittsburgh Steelers, but it would be stunning if one of them doesn't improve in the second half.
That's at least four Super Bowl contenders. The NFC has five: the New York Giants, San Francisco 49ers, Green Bay Packers, Atlanta Falcons, and the Chicago Bears.
After that, there's a lot of mediocrity. This is the NFL in the 21st century. A lot of very good teams with noticeable flaws. No dominant squads. Just how the NFL likes it.
Here's ATL's Week 9 Power Poll entry:
1. Giants
2. Texans
3. 49ers
Tom Brady

4. Patriots
5. Falcons
6. Packers
7. Bears
8. Broncos
9. Ravens
Peyton Manning

10. Seahawks
11. Dolphins
12. Steelers
13. Cowboys
14. Vikings
15. Eagles
16. Cardinals
17. Lions
18. Redskins
19. Buccaneers
Trent Richardson

20. Jets
21. Colts
22. Saints
23. Bengals
24. Rams
25. Panthers
Matthew Stafford

26. Browns
27. Chargers
28. Titans
29. Bills
30. Raiders
31. Jaguars