The Denver Broncos are once again relevant in the league after starting with a dismal 1-4 record in 2011.
Coming into a Thursday night matchup with the New York Jets, the Broncos stand only one game out of first place in the AFC West.
I wrote a similar article during the preseason about Denver's chances to win this division.
Now, 10 weeks later, I'm on the same note but for entirely different reasons.
Kyle Orton is long gone after playing terribly to begin the year.
Knowshon Moreno is as far from being the starting running back as he can be. After losing his position to veteran Willis McGahee, Moreno is now riding the pine all year with a torn ACL.
Remember the star wide receiver that was going to carry the offense again in 2011? Well, Brandon Lloyd is carrying his offense right now—in St. Louis.
The only thing about this team that's remained even remotely consistent since the beginning of the year is the outstanding play from its star defenders—Von Miller, Elvis Dumervil and Champ Bailey—and the fans' hopes for a division title.
The rest of the AFC West is on the decline, while the Broncos continue to climb the ladder.
Here's why the Denver Broncos will win the AFC West in 2011.