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Mohamed Sanu

With Broncos, Patriots flawed, no clear favorite in AFC

No Manning. No Brady, for the first four games. No clear-cut favorite in the AFC.

With the regular season about to kick off, it's anybody's guess who'll be the conference's representative at the Super Bowl in Houston in February.

The defending champion Denver Broncos will try to become the first team to repeat since New England in 2004-05. But they won't have the retired Peyton Manning leading the way. Or even Brock Osweiler, who bolted from the Broncos and headed to Houston.

Instead, Gary Kubiak and the Broncos have been trying to sort out a quarterback mix that includes veteran Mark Sanchez, 2015 seventh-rounder Trevor Siemian and rookie Paxton Lynch, the team's...

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