John Elway's retirement may bring cheers to other AFC rivals but the joy should be short- lived. Even with Elway gone, Denver should remain the pre-season favorite to repeat as conference champions.

Bubby Brister did an xcellent job of filling in for Elway during Elway's injuries and Brister knows the Denver system. Besides, the Broncos still have the league's premier running back in Terrell Davis and among the best defenses in the AFC.