NFL HALFWAY: Tom Brady is back and better than ever (The Associated Press)

When Tom Brady finally served his four-game ”Deflategate” suspension, the reigning Super Bowl champion Denver Broncos got off to a 4-0 start behind their own late-round quarterback. With an anemic offense and a depleted defense, the Broncos (6-3) are looking up at both the resurgent Raiders (7-2) and the Chiefs (6-2) in the division they’ve owned since Tim Tebow was running the read-option and not the bases.