Originally written on Foxboro Blog  |  Last updated 10/19/14
Which AFC opponent poses the biggest threat to the Patriots in their quest to return to the Super Bowl? Derek: I want to be creative here, but I have to go with the vanilla answer and say the Broncos are the Patriots top competition in the AFC.  It's a QB-driven league and Cincinnati's Andy Dalton and Houston's Matt Schaub just don't scare me.  Joe Flacco certainly made the Patriots pay last season, but his supporting cast appears to have taken a major step back.  I can't say the Steelers, Dolphins, or Chiefs with a staight face.  That leaves Peyton Manning and the Broncos.  I think the Pats have Denver's number, but maintaining home field could be extremely important come January.  Just like last season, I'm nervous about our defense at altitude.  It certainly took its toll on the Ravens in the second half on Thursday night.  The Pats simply cannot afford to drop games to inferior teams this year.  If Peyton's coming to Foxboro in the post-s...
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