Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 10/29/12
About half the season is already over in the NFL and now is a good point to sort of reflect on the season.To take a look at some teams that are in good shape, and some that aren't in good shape. Right now, I want to focus on the Denver Broncos and talk about them for a little bit.The Broncos are one of the teams that are looking really good, and should continue to look even better moving forward.Before the season, the Broncos were the favorites to win the AFC West, but not by much though.Them and the San Diego Chargers were neck and neck to win the division. The Broncos obviously massively upgraded at quarterback getting a legend like Peyton Manning, but coming off a year lay off and multiple surgeries to his neck, we really didn't know how he'd perform.The results are in and he's still the same Peyton Manning. Obviously, not as good as he was in his prime, but pretty darn close. The Broncos are a young team, and it's taken awhile for the team to play up to Peyton Manning's level, but if Sunday night is any indication, this team is starting to get there. Beating the New Orleans Saints isn't that big of a deal. Heck, the Kansas City Chiefs did that, but the most eye opening is that the Denver Broncos' defense was able to hold the New Orleans Saints and their explosive offense to 14 points.And one of those touchdowns came on the Saints' last drive when it didn't much matter. If the Broncos' defense can play at that high of level and continue to get better and better, watch out.It has taken a few games for Manning and his receivers Eric Decker, Demaryius Thomas, and company to get on the same page, but they are developing and getting better. And that's probably the scary part about all this for fans in the AFC West, and fans of the AFC in general.The Broncos have yet to really hit their stride, really hit that peak. Yet, they are 4-3, and leading the AFC West. If they do end up getting better and better as the season progresses, that's the recipe of a Super Bowl team.Just take a look at the New York Giants, they weren't a dominating team, they just got hot at the right time and carried that momentum to a Super Bowl win.You can even take a look at baseball, the San Francisco Giants, a team that just hung around all season long. They weren't a dominating team. They just got hot at the right time, they got hot in September, pulled away to win the West and rode that momentum to a World Series victory. The Denver Broncos have the make up of being one of those teams this year. They have a solid record at 4-3, but they have the potential to become way better than that and could become really dangerous when the calender flips on over to December. 
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

CBS producer calls Tony Romo the next John Madden

NFL overtime will reportedly be reduced from 15 to 10 minutes

Seattle Times writer apologizes to Michael Bennett

Predators fans throw catfish on ice to celebrate Stanley Cup berth

WATCH: Draymond Green tries just a little to hard to sell foul

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Eddie George fires up Predators fans before Game 4 vs Ducks

Viktor Arvidsson had bloody ‘R’ on forehead after hit

Danny Ainge’s son running for congressional seat in Utah

John Wall’s retweet saves fan from taking final exam

WATCH: Cubs pull off two miraculous defensive plays in a row

To raise money for charity, a wrestling fan has Cody Rhodes slam him on thumbtacks

NBA Weekend Awards: Who will take a bite of the Snow White Crystal Apple?

The 'How two award snubs might shake up the NBA' quiz

Preparing for the BIG3: Q&A with BIG3 co-founder Jeff Kwatinetz

Two months in and Nintendo's Switch dominates 2017 video game market

Getaway Day: League leaders falter allowing new teams to surge ahead

Why wait? Our too soon Cavaliers-Warriors NBA Finals preview

The 10 best sports docs available for streaming

Best of Yardbarker: Gregg Popovich doesn't mince words

The 'Happy birthday to two of the NBA's all-time antagonists' quiz

The shortstop evolution continues to raise the ceiling

Three Up, Three Down: Astros dominate in every category

Box Score 5/19: Heartbreak in OT

NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

NBA Weekend Awards: Who will take a bite of the Snow White Crystal Apple?

The 'How two award snubs might shake up the NBA' quiz

Preparing for the BIG3: Q&A with BIG3 co-founder Jeff Kwatinetz

Two months in and Nintendo's Switch dominates 2017 video game market

Getaway Day: League leaders falter allowing new teams to surge ahead

Why wait? Our too soon Cavaliers-Warriors NBA Finals preview

The 10 best sports docs available for streaming

Best of Yardbarker: Gregg Popovich doesn't mince words

The 'Happy birthday to two of the NBA's all-time antagonists' quiz

The shortstop evolution continues to raise the ceiling

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker