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We’re No. 2! Forbes ranks Broncos second for best fanbase in NFL

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DENVER — With the NFL season about to begin, Forbes is out with its list of the best fans based on five criteria — and it has the Broncos as No. 2 behind the Green Bay Packers.

Forbes’ criteria included hometown crowd reach (defined by Nielsen Scarborough as a percentage of the metropolitan area population that watched, attended and/or listened to a game in the past year); three years worth of TV ratings; three years of stadium attendance based on capacity reached; three years of merchandise sales; and social media reach.

The Packers scored the highest in all categories except TV rankings (second) and merchandise (seventh) to grab the top spot.

The Broncos snapped the overall No. 2 spot by ranking first in stadium attendance; second in merchandise; fourth in TV audience and social media; and fifth in hometown crowd.

Forbes surmises the Broncos’ high ranking comes from Peyton Manning being with the team since 2012 after it had three years of below-capacity attendance. Forbes says Sports Authority Field at Mile High has had 100.7 percent and 101 percent capacity the past years with Manning. The Broncos went 13-3 each season, reaching the Super Bowl last season.

The top 10:

1. Green Bay Packers

2. Broncos

3. New Orleans Saints

4. New England Patriots

5. Baltimore Ravens

6. Indianapolis Colts

T7. Dallas Cowboys

T7. Pittsburgh Steelers

9. Seattle Seahawks

10. Chicago Bears