The orange and blue, winners of nine straight, now have full control over the two seed and a first-round bye in the playoffs. All they have to do is beat Cleveland and Kansas City and they’ll have that second spot in the AFC and a home game in the divisional round of the playoffs.
But, here are some other notes on where the Broncos sit in the playoff picture as you kick start your week:
-The Broncos now can’t finish lower than third in the AFC, eliminating 9-5 Baltimore (head-to-head victory) and 9-5 Indianapolis (Denver clinched a superior divisional record) from passing them yesterday.
-The Broncos can clinch a two seed on Sunday with a home win over Cleveland and a Patriots loss at Jacksonville on Sunday.
-The Broncos can only snag the top seed in the AFC by winning out and having the 12-2 Texans lose out (Houston finishes the season vs. Minnesota and at Indianapolis)
-The Broncos – in theory – may not have to play another technical road game the rest of the season. If they win out and clinch the two seed (or possibly the one), they’re guaranteed a home game in the divisional round of the playoffs, and a win there combined with an upset in the other AFC divisional game would give the Broncos a home game in the AFC championship game as well. And then after that, it’d be off to New Orleans.
-The Broncos’ next opponents, the 5-9 Cleveland Browns, were officially eliminated from the playoffs only on Sunday.
But the main point is now the Broncos control their own destiny and can enter the postseason on – get this – an 11-game winning streak (and frankly have no excuse not to at this point).
Still a ton to watch for over the next couple of weeks.
(and frankly have no excuse not to at this point)