Originally written October 31, 2012 on Fox Sports Arizona:
Its the midway point of the 2012 NFL season and Peyton Mannings Broncos are quietly lurking in the middle of the AFC conference standings with a 4-3 record. Theyve only won one game on the road, the Patriots and Texans each scored 31 points on them, and both of those teams seem to be getting a lot more media attention as the teams to beat out of the AFC this week. But watch out for Denver. Its road to New Orleans Peyton Manning's hometown just got a lot clearer. Let me explain. Manning brings in the TV ratings. Add in the intrigue around the fact that he hadnt played in 18 months, and the NFL knew No. 18 in his new Broncos digs, no less would be a big draw come the start of the 2012 season. So, they front-loaded Denvers schedule with primetime games against big-time opponents. Look at the Broncos slate thus far: Week 1 vs. Pittsburgh Sunday night Week 2 vs. Atlanta Monday night Week 3 vs. Houston National CBS game Week 4 vs. Oakland National CBS game Week 5 vs. ...
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