Peyton Manning will make the Denver Broncos an AFC contender in the preseason hype publications that will start to filter out onto newsstands soon after April’s draft.
However, Denver faces seven 2011 playoff teams next season and may be hard-pressed to make significant headway in the AFC.
Heading into the 2012 season, New England, Baltimore, and Pittsburgh will be among the AFC favorites to reach New Orleans for Super Bowl XLVII.
But where does Denver fit into that picture?
Last time America saw Denver’s defense, Tom Brady shot bullet holes through it in the AFC playoffs.
Meanwhile, their offense has a collection of talented but unspectacular skill players.
Much like Brett Favre did for the Minnesota Vikings in 2009, Manning will change the composition and texture for the Broncos though, who no longer will need to win a slew of 17-10 games.
But how far can he take them?