DENVER -- John Elway revamped his offense in the wake of the Denver Broncos third title, shedding both tight ends and three offensive linemen who started in the Super Bowl while bidding farewell to Peyton Manning and his longtime backup Brock Osweiler.Now, its Trevor Siemian and backup Paxton Lynch under center for Denver and neither has ever thrown a pass in the NFL that counted.That defense, though.Despite losing Malik Jackson and Danny Trevathan to free agency, Denvers dazzling defense could be even better than the one that brought home the Lombardi Trophy seven months ago with a 24-10 win over the Carolina Panthers, whom they open the season against Thursday night in Denver.Super Bowl MVP Von Miller, who transformed himself from sports superstar to mainstream celebrity during a six-month victory tour that included four dozen TV appearances, missed the entire offseason program but showed up in fantastic shape after signing the biggest contract ever for a non-quarterback .Others who figure to be even better in 2016 are pass rushers Shane Ray and Shaq Barrett, defensive end Derek Wolfe and cornerback Bradley Roby. Todd Davis replaces Trevathan and free agent Jared Crick replaces Jackson.Oddsmakers say the Broncos, who averaged 11 wins during Mannings four-year tenure, wont even hit double figures this season as they become the first team since the 2001 Ravens to try to go back-to-back after losing its top two QBs.Roby said the rest of the country may view the Broncos as a one-hit wonder, but hes pretty sure the Broncos can sustain their dominance and carry the team to another trophy regardless of whos throwing the ball to Emmanuel Sanders and Demaryius Thomas.Because defense wins championships and I think people are just saying (that) because we lost two quarterbacks so they automatically have doubts, Roby said. But we know that defense was a big reason why we got to the game and why we won the game. So, we are very confident that well be better this year.Other factors that will determine whether the Broncos can win a sixth straight AFC West crown and defend their Super Bowl title:BOUNCING BACK : Thomas is no longer bogged down by worries over his contract, his mothers incarceration and a new offense. Despite his 105 catches for 1,304 yards in 2015, Thomas reached the end zone just six times, dropped 18 passes and was a non-factor in the playoffs. With President Barack Obama commuting his grandmothers drug sentence this summer, Thomas has a clear head and promises to cut down on the drops.ANDERSONS DURABILITY : C.J. Anderson signed a four-year, $18 million contract following his 90-yard performance in the Super Bowl. Elway told him with the payday comes higher expectations, specifically that hell finally put together a full season. Over the last two years, Anderson has rushed for 397 yards and one TD over the first two months and 1,112 yards and 12 TDs over the final two months.WARES BACK : DeMarcus Ware accepted a pay cut and a reduction of playing time but hes still one of the teams locker room leaders, especially with Manning retired. Ware is now a third-down specialist with Ray starting. The Broncos hope this will keep Wares bad back from acting up again like it did in 2015, when it cost him five games. Refreshed, he returned for a monster playoff run with 12 QB hits, teaming with Miller to harass Ben Roethlisberger, Tom Brady and Cam Newton.MARSHALLS MOVE : Brandon Marshall, who collected a team-high 211 tackles since moving into the starting lineup two years ago, is sliding over to weak-side inside linebacker. That spot was vacated when Trevathan bolted to the Bears. Marshall, who was cut three times by the Jaguars before landing on Denvers practice squad in 2013, signed a four-year, $32 million deal this summer.FIRST-RATE SECONDARY : The Broncos again sport the leagues deepest secondary in Chris Harris Jr., Aqib Talib, Roby, T.J. Ward and Darian Stewart that capitalizes on the pass-rushing prowess of Miller & Co. Although Talib has shown no ill effects of a gunshot wound to his right leg after getting shot in Dallas in June , police continue to investigate. Talib, who has had firearm incidents in the past, could be facing possible punishment from the NFL.---AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and AP NFL Twitter feed: www.twitter.com/AP-NFL---Follow AP Pro Football Writer Arnie Melendrez Stapleton on Twitter: http://twitter.com/arniestapleton Wholesale Blazers . Takahashi, who had a 10-point lead after the short program, received 268.31 points after the free skate to finish 15 points ahead of second-place Nobunari Oda. Nike Blazer Cheap . 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New England Patriots defensive tackle Alan Branch is facing a four-game suspension for violating the NFLs substance abuse policy, league sources told ESPNs Adam Schefter.Branch tested positive for marijuana and will appeal the four-game suspension.The suspension will not start until after the appeal is heard, so Branch is expected to play Sunday against the New York Jets.He has started nine of the Patriots 10 games this season and has one sack and 33 tackles. Last season he appeared in 16 games, starting 15, and finiished with one sack and 35 tackles.dddddddddddd.Branch, 31, was suspended by the Patriots for a few days in August for violating team rules.Branch joined the Patriots in the middle of the 2014 season. He had been released by the Bills in August 2014, when he was entering the second season of a three-year, $8.5 million deal ($3.1 million signing bonus) but made headlines with a DUI arrest. 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