3. Denver Broncos

Their blowout loss in the Super Bowl was embarrassing, but there is no reason to believe the Broncos won't be back in the mix next winter. Peyton Manning, who is coming off another playoff disappointment but also the greatest regular season a quarterback has ever had, will be back behind center and their defense will get a boost from the healthy returns of Von Miller and Derek Wolfe. The Broncos have a lot of free agents and a lot of work to do this offseason, but right now, they are still the AFC's team to beat.<br>
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( Grant Halverson, Getty Images / November 11, 2012 )

Their blowout loss in the Super Bowl was embarrassing, but there is no reason to believe the Broncos won't be back in the mix next winter. Peyton Manning, who is coming off another playoff disappointment but also the greatest regular season a quarterback has ever had, will be back behind center and their defense will get a boost from the healthy returns of Von Miller and Derek Wolfe. The Broncos have a lot of free agents and a lot of work to do this offseason, but right now, they are still the AFC's team to beat.

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