It’s the Denver Broncos.
In a new Harris Interactive Poll asking “What are your two favorite NFL teams,” more people answered with the Broncos than any other team. The news really shouldn’t come as a surprise. Peyton Manning is one of the most popular figures in sports. The team also has stars like Demaryius Thomas, Wes Welker, Von Miller, DeMarcus Ware, and Aqib Talib. Lots of recognizable names means lots of new fans. Those of an older era also likely relate to Broncos GM John Elway.
The top five consisted of the Broncos, Giants, Packers, Cowboys, and Steelers. The Super Bowl Champion Seahawks checked in at #6.
One of the biggest surprises might be the fastest rising team on the list. The Detroit Lions rose 9 spots from #22 to #13. This is relatively surprising considering the team went 7-9 last year, hired a new coach, and generally doesn’t do well in jersey sales.
The team with the biggest decline? Philadelphia. The Eagles fell from #9 to #15 in the poll.
You can view the entire poll here.