The start of the NFL season always brings with it the promise of a fresh beginning, but it also provides its share of questions. Here are some of the top issues facing the teams of the AFC West:
1) What is the status of Peyton Manning's neck?
Everyone knows Manning missed the entire 2011 season after undergoing multiple surgeries on his neck. Although Manning has been throwing with the team during OTA's this offseason, it remains to be seen just how his neck will respond when hit for the first time by an opposing defender.
2) Are the defensive tackles improved from last year?
The Broncos used their first pick in this year's draft to select Derek Wolfe out of Cincinnati. He was the Big East Defensive Player of the Year last season, recording 9.5 sacks and 21.5 tackles-for-loss. If Wolfe can bring the same ability to create penetration to the NFL, the defensive tackle rotation should be significantly improved from last season.