NEW YORK (AP) Comments on the Denver Broncos by the AP Pro32 panel (ranking in parentheses):
DENVER BRONCOS (1)
Chris Berman (ESPN, 3) - Nine straight. Were they really 2-3?
Clifton Brown (Sporting News, 4) - MVP and Lombardi Trophy are real possibilities for Peyton Manning.
Cris Collinsworth (NBC Sports, 1)
Rich Gannon (CBS Sports/SiriusXM NFL Radio, 2) - Nine straight wins behind a top 5 offense and defense, solid!
Bob Glauber (Newsday, 2) - Chris Harris with the longest interception return in Broncos history, and Peyton Manning with another solid effort as Denver makes it nine straight to get in position for a first-round bye.
Rick Gosselin (Dallas Morning News, 1) - The Broncos have a nine-game winning streak to surge to 11-3. QB Peyton Manning has had previous winning streaks of 14, 13, and 11 games in his career at Indianapolis.
Clark Judge (CBSSports.com, 1) - The Broncos haven't lost since early October and won't lose the next two weeks. They're hot, they're complete and they have Peyton. What's not to like?
Ira Kaufman (Tampa Tribune, 1) - Don't forget about a defense that has yielded the fewest points in the AFC.
Pat Kirwan (SiriusXM NFL Radio/CBSSports.com, 1) - Peyton Manning can run his no-huddle offense on the road as well as he does at home. The defensive pass rush is exceptional and Knowshon Moreno continues to impress as the running back.
John Lynch (Fox Sports, 1) - The Broncos keep rolling and as of now hold the No. 2 seed. This is a team that has the characteristics that translate into playoff success; elite QB, running game, top flight D that can stop the run and get after the passer (Von Miller) and an explosive return game thanks to the midseason pick up of Trindon Holliday.
Alex Marvez (Foxsports.com, 2) - It's hard to believe, but a team featuring Peyton Manning at quarterback is actually flying under the radar when it comes to media Super Bowl talk. That won't remain the case if Denver keeps its nine-game winning streak rolling into the postseason.
Dan Pompei (Chicago Tribune, 2) - As if they didn't have enough going for them, now Knowshon Moreno is finally showing why he was a first-round pick.