Denver Broncos: Why They Are the Best Team in Football Heading into Week 16

Baily DeeterSenior Writer IIIMarch 23, 2017

BALTIMORE, MD - DECEMBER 16:  Running back Knowshon Moreno #27 of the Denver Broncos prepares to leap over free safety Ed Reed #20 of the Baltimore Ravens while rushing the ball during the first half at M&T Bank Stadium on December 16, 2012 in Baltimore, Maryland.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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Every week, there seems to be a different "best team" in the NFL.

But, after another huge Broncos win, I think we can all agree that Peyton Manning and co play for the best team in the NFL.

The Broncos started 2-3, but they are now 11-3, riding a nine-game winning streak with wins over teams like Baltimore, Cincinnati, New Orleans and Tampa Bay. If they win their next two games, Denver will have a first-round bye and a maximum of one road playoff game.

What does that mean? Well, it means that Denver will get to host their first game, probably against New England, the team most consider Denver's biggest challenger.

New England was thought of as the AFC's best before they fell at home to San Francisco. And after Denver dominated Baltimore from start-to-finish, something they haven't done all that well this year, they can see a first-round bye in their sight.

Then, they would only need three wins for a championship.

Against Tampa Bay, while running his no-huddle offense, Manning "instructed" the crowd to be quiet, and you could hear a pin drop for the remainder of the drive. Factor in the altitude and you can say with confidence that home-field advantage is a huge advantage.

However, Denver can win on the road, too. The Broncos are 6-2 on the road, and their only road losses came at the beginning of the season, when the team was trying to mesh, against good teams in tight games. Denver lost in New England, but they won't have to go there if they win against Cleveland and Kansas City.

Plus, the Broncos could have won that game. They rallied from a 24-point deficit and threatened to make it a three-point game twice, but two Willis McGahee blunders (McGahee is now hurt, and Knowshon Moreno has dominated in his place) cost the Broncos the game.

With Moreno playing at the level he is now, that's not likely to happen again. And neither is a loss to New England.