NEW YORK (AP) Comments on the Denver Broncos by the AP Pro32 panel (ranking in parentheses):
DENVER BRONCOS (9)
Chris Berman (ESPN, 9) - Needed rest after latest comeback by Peyton.
Clifton Brown (Sporting News, 11) - Chemistry between Peyton Manning and receivers only figures to keep growing.
Cris Collinsworth (NBC Sports, 7)
Rich Gannon (CBS Sports/SiriusXM NFL Radio, 9) - Peyton getting more and more comfortable with the play caller and personnel around him.
Bob Glauber (Newsday, 10) - Peyton-Roethlisberger. Peyton-Ryan. Peyton-Schaub. Peyton-Brady. Peyton-Rivers. And now Peyton-Brees on Sunday. An NFL fan's dream.
Rick Gosselin (Dallas Morning News, 10) - Peyton Manning returns from his bye with a rested arm and a streak of four consecutive 300-yard passing games. He's thrown for 11 TDs with just one interception during that stretch.
Clark Judge (CBSSports.com, 9) - Maybe that second half in San Diego launches the Broncos to a memorable second half of the season, too.
Ira Kaufman (Tampa Tribune, 10) - Peyton Manning vs. Drew Brees is a prime-time matchup worth staying up for.
Pat Kirwan (SiriusXM NFL Radio/CBSSports.com, 7) - Like Green Bay, the offense is starting to click and they can rush the passer. Peyton Manning looks more mobile than he did five years ago.
John Lynch (Fox Sports, 9) - To make the big run that a lot of people - including me - feel they're about to make, the defense needs to start playing like they did during that second half in San Diego. Fast starts are a must to do that consistently as this D is built to thrive with leads.
Alex Marvez (Foxsports.com, 9) - Peyton Manning vs. Drew Brees - i.e. Denver hosting New Orleans - should be a treat on Sunday night football.
Dan Pompei (Chicago Tribune, 11) - The Broncos have the feel of a team that might be about to take off.