Young quarterback Andrew Luck nearly made the our list of top-five NFL quarterbacks through the first six weeks of the season. He missed out and ended up on Honorable Mention. Debate that if you want, but there's no debating No. 1: Peyton Manning in a landslide.
And that highlights the big difference between the Broncos (5-2) and Colts (20-1) as Super Bowl contenders as the two prepare to face off this weekend.
Manning and Denver -- with the ridiculous quartet of weapons featuring Wes Welker, Demaryius Thomas, Eric Decker and Julius Thomas -- are rolling right now and haven't been outside the No. 1 or No. 2 Super Bowl odds spot all season. They've been kicking it at 5-2 for a while now, a ridiculous high number to maintain for a long time given the fluctuations of the NFL season.
Indy, meanwhile, has bounced back and forth a bit before rising quickly into the top contenders and dipping a bit after Monday night's loss to 20-1. Vegas still respects them, but they're nowhere on the level of the Broncos and Manning.
Reggie Wayne, Coby Fleener, T.Y. Hilton and Darrius Heyward-Bey are a nice group, but, yeeeeeeah. And the Broncos haven't even gotten Von Miller back or Champ Bailey totally healthy.
It's why Denver is a 6.5-point favorite in Indy on Sunday.
-- Some crazy movement from temporary contenders this week. The Jets (150-1), Browns (150-1) and Redskins (125-1) all climbed pretty high before getting handled by three better teams over the weekend.
-- How long until the Buccaneers (1,000-1) are off? Could the Falcons (66-1) finish off Greg Schiano's chances of making the Super Bowl? Yes, yes they could. I'd set the over/under at two weeks though.
-- How awkward is it that the Vikings and Giants (both 300-1) are playing on Monday night? So awkward.
-- The Panthers (66-1) really impressed Vegas apparently. After walloping Minnesota they went flying up from 150-1.
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