If the Broncos consider themselves a team worthy of making the playoffs, they will have the chance to prove it Sunday when they host the Kansas City Chiefs. If the Broncos win, they will capture the AFC West title, amazing as that may be.
If the Broncos lose, then they’ll have to hope the Chargers defeat the Raiders. If that happens, the Broncos will still win the division and advance to the playoffs.
But they don’t want to back in. They want to go in having taken care of their business.
They have the opportunity to do just that.
Ten weeks ago, the thought of the Broncos winning the AFC West was but a pipe dream. Give them credit; they have found a way to determine themselves what they’ll be doing in January.
“We’re well prepared for them (the Chiefs),” running back Willis McGahee said. “We know what they’re going to do. It’s nothing new to us. (We) just need to go out there and finish and play.”
On October 9, the Broncos looked finished. They had just lost to the San Diego Chargers and were 1-4. A change at quarterback, an improved defense and a new-found energy have given them life and put them on the brink of an improbable division championship and playoff berth.
With everything at stake this week, the playoffs might as well be starting on Sunday.
“I anticipate it to be a playoff-type game because that’s how we’re going to treat it,” wide receiver Eric Decker said. “(It’s) a big step for us to make a step to the postseason.”
Say what you want about how the Broncos have made it to this point. No, it hasn’t been conventional. No, it hasn’t been pretty. And no, they won’t be confused with an elite team.
But here they are with an opportunity to win their division and advance, if they can defeat the Chiefs and their former teammate and current Kansas City quarterback, Kyle Orton. Through all the if only’s and what if’s, the Broncos have wrestled into position to move on.
The time is now. It is time to find out how far the Broncos have come and how far they might be able to go.
What are your thoughts on the game against the Chiefs? Thanks for reading and sharing. I wish you and your families all the best in 2012.
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