There is no denying it: The playoffs are right there for the Denver Broncos.
The Broncos could guarantee themselves a playoff spot by winning their final three games. Even if the Broncos beat the Raiders and the Chiefs at home in the final three games, they would go a long way towards securing a spot in the post-season. It wouldn’t be a guarantee but it would be close.
That is itself is a terrific accomplishment. Let’s quickly rewind to January of this year. The Broncos had a new head coach and turnover on the staff.
Soon after, they had a new quarterback. Then in February, with the start of free agency, the overhaul of the roster began. That ended in late April after they signed their college free agents after the draft.
Expectations outside of team headquarters were mild at best. I’ll admit it, I was thinking the Broncos would be around 8-8, which to me, would have been a good, solid start for Coach McDaniels.
Obviously people inside team headquarters had other thoughts. Good for them.
The coaches and players won’t talk about winning three games or even winning two of three. They’re focused on beating the Raiders on Sunday and that’s what they have been preparing to try to do all week long.
But the rest of us can look at the playoff picture and say that it is shaping up in the Broncos’ favor, provided they take care of their business, especially against the Raiders and Chiefs at home.
One could certainly make the case that if the Broncos can’t win those games, then they don’t deserve to be in the playoffs. I agree with that. Let’s face it, while the Raiders and Chiefs won’t roll over and just give the game to the Broncos, there are also a lot of good reasons these two teams have combined for seven wins. I know, I know, on any given Sunday….
The fact is the Broncos can’t afford one of those given Sundays. And I don’t think they’ll experience one. Let me go out on a limb: Denver will beat Oakland and Kansas City.
That’s right; the Broncos will be in the playoffs. I realize I would have looked a whole lot smarter if I had written this three months ago, but just the fact the Broncos have put themselves in a position to, more than less, control whether or not they go to the playoffs is a testament to the great job the coaches and players have done this season.
Think of it, three or four months ago, many believed the Broncos would win around four games this year. Now it’s the stretch drive to the playoffs.
That’s a pretty cool Christmas present.
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