New England Patriots and Denver Broncos: Ranking The 30 Best Players

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Oct 7, 2012; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) shakes hands with Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) following the game at Gillette Stadium. The Patriots defeated the Broncos 31-21. Mandatory Credit: Stew Milne-USA TODAY Sports

Oct 7, 2012; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) shakes hands with Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) following the game at Gillette Stadium. The Patriots defeated the Broncos 31-21. Mandatory Credit: Stew Milne-USA TODAY Sports

It’s widely believed that, in 2014, the AFC will go through either Denver or New England. From a talent standpoint, both the Patriots and Broncos appear to be a cut above the rest of the conference; having the two best quarterbacks in the conference—if not the entire league—further separates the two teams from the rest. Of the two, however, it’s unclear which team boasts the better roster. Last year, Denver had the better collection of talent, and really, it wasn’t close (see the 2013 AFC Championship game). With the recent free agent signings, as well as the return of Rob Gronkowski, Jerod Mayo, Vince Wilfork, and Tommy Kelley, New England—at the very least—has significantly closed the talent gap. To that end, it seems appropriate to see how the two teams compare in terms of talent at the ‘top of the roster.’ To do so, I’ve ranked the top 30 players, placing each player in a tier—one being the highest, five being the lowest. Further, each tier is assigned a numerical value—30 points for tier one, and then 25, 15, 10, 5 respectively. The following criteria was used to determine the tiers:

  • Tier One: A+, Irreplaceable Players (30 points);
  • Tier Two: A, Quasi-Irreplaceable Players (25 points);
  • Tier Three: A-/B+, Great Players (15 points);
  • Tier Four: B+/B, Good Players (10 points); and
  • Tier Five: B/B-, Above Average Players (5 points)

*The cumulative point totals will then be added up. In theory, the team with more ‘high-end’ talent will be the team with the higher point total.*

*Note: I excluded players who primarily play special teams, as well as players drafted in the 2014 NFL Draft.*

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  • trinity

    Excellent read :)! The top 5 was spot on, even though I definitely disagree about Gronkowski being the best TE in the game. simply because he could be the greatest tight end in league history, but it means nothing if he can’t stay on the field. The injuries are very troubling. I like that you included Revis, because I think he’s been getting a rough deal. People were correctly calling this guy the greatest corner since primetime Sanders. One year where he’s recovering from surgery, and everyone starts putting other guys first on thier list. unbelievable. He’ll be back to form I bet. Out of the two teams, I root for the Broncos over the pats. But I don’t know which way it will go this season. I can’t wait to see them play!

    • Jacob Barefoot

      I personally root for the pats and beleive they will overtake the broncos this year. I almost feel like we’ve see. The best from denver, yet NE. Has so much to prove and show. Younger more hungry team i think.

      • trinity

        I think they both will be better. Denver’s offense was just sick last season, and as crazy as it is to fathom, I think they will be even better this year. For 2 reasons. The way they replaced decker with Sanders and drafting Cody Latimer. That only made thier recieving corp stronger and deeper. Second, Julias Thomas. He was awesome last season, but he was really only getting by on athleticism. He’s stated that he understands the xs and os more, and his chemistry with Peyton will be even better. As for thier defense, they will be vastly improved just by getting key guys back from injury, and that’s not even saying a word about their free agents and drafting Bradley Roby. As for the patriots, they countered Denver taking Aquib from them by replacing him with who I think is still the best corner in the league in
        Revis. They will also be getting key guys back from injury, including gronk. These are
        going to be 2 sick ass teams next year, and they rule the AFC. I’m just ready to see them play, and I hope Denver takes it haha. We’ll see how it goes.

        • Jacob Barefoot

          You’re right, will be very exciting for bronco and patriot fans a like. Definatley the top of the afc, these two groups have really seperated themselves from the rest.

    • Andrew Scalingi

      Trinity, I appreciate the kind words. Thank you for reading the piece.

      • trinity

        No problem :)

  • Laquan Smalls

    Peyton over Tom Brady with balanced rosters in 2yrs with a new team and new system Peyton loss to the eventual Super Bowl champs says alot