Its so funny hearing clueless fans rant about something they don't know anything about. I believe the Broncos had an easy road to the playoffs, in their division, so much so that Tim Tebow took them there (playoffs) after getting the starting job in Denver over Kyle Orton. So it should be easy for Peyton Manning, right...?
Football is all about "momentum" and intensity, but the Denver Bronco's should have beat the Ravens in this years playoffs, it was bad calls and taking a knee with 31 seconds (2 time-outs) left in the game and an ill advised pass across Manning's body while rolling right, doomed the Broncos.
To me, it appeared that the Patriots looked like they really missed Rob Gronkowski against the Ravens, while many of those silly "experts" claimed the Patriots didn't need him. But you can't ignore the fact that Gronk averaged 71 yards per game and scored 11 TD's and the Ravens played a really physical football and stole that game away from the Patriots.
Most importantly even when the Patriots played without the Gronk against the San Francisco 49ers (who made it to Super Bowl 47) back in December (remember...), Tom Brady hit seven different receivers for an astounding 425 yards, which is the most damn yards Brady put up in a single game the entire season. He also threw to then tight end Aaron Hernandez, who's the team's number two TE , whose was also Gronkowski's replacement, and Hernandez caught 92 receiving yards and scored a touchdown and a week earlier, and without the Gronk, Hernandez caught two touchdown passes and routed the then playoff-bound Houston Texans, and the Patriots racked up 42 points and close to 300 yards in the air.
My point is, the Patriots came close to tying the 49ers 41-34, but 4 turnovers killed them.
Just stupid ranting!!!
AFC East is a joke due to the jests and bills, but nothing compared to the debacle that is the AFC West. It's impossible to have an easier road than the Broncos had, that's taking a walk down the main street of Candyland.
I am not sure why Fat Mike's fans are all calling and ripping the AFC East or the Pats. Fat Mike's listeners are mostly Giant fans and the Giants beat the Pats twice for the SB, so maybe their SB wins were not that legit? Just a couple years ago everyone was ripping the NFC West, and now they have the Niners and Seahawks as two of the top NFL teams. What about the AFC West....you could say the Broncos had the #1 seed because the Chiefs, Chargers and Raiders blow. That's just the way it goes.
1. OG: Zack Martin, Notre Dame
2. ILB: Chris Borland, Wisconsin
3. TE: C.J. Fiedorowicz, Iowa
4. DT: Daniel McCullers, Tenn
5. FS: Kenny Ladler, Vanderbilt
6. QB: Connor Shaw, South Carolina
7. RB: Isaiah Crowell, RB, Alabama State