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Don't Look Now, But the Denver Broncos Could Challenge for the Sixth Seed

by Glenn Kaplan
by Glenn Kaplan

For the second straight week, the Denver Broncos pulled off another upset. They defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers at home 24-17. Denver improves to 5-6 on the year. They also upset the Los Angeles Chargers on the road last week 23-22. With just five games remaining, could the Broncos run the table and claim the number six seed in the AFC?

They very well can because their last five games are all winnable. The next two games are on the road against the Cincinnati Bengals (5-6) and the San Francisco 49ers (2-9). They will be home in Week 15 against against the Cleveland Browns (4-6-1) on a Saturday night. They will then be on the road on Monday night in Week 16 against the Oakland Raiders (2-9). The Denver Broncos will then host the Los Angeles Chargers (8-3) in Week 17.

That is one of the easiest remaining schedules in the NFL and it could very well be the easiest. Denver is playing better on the offensive side of the ball and they are not turning the ball over. Phillip Lindsay has been very good in the backfield for the Broncos.

The Denver Broncos seem just fine at wide receiver ever since trading away Demaryuis Thomas to the Houston Texans.

Denver is still one of the better defensive teams in the league. They are very good at disguising coverage's. Von Miller and Bradley Chubb is a very good pass rush combination. Chris Harris Jr. and Braden Roby has been a very good one two punch in the secondary.

The Denver Broncos will be trying to catch the Indianapolis Colts (6-5) and the Baltimore Ravens (6-5) for the sixth spot. The Miami Dolphins and the Cincinnati Bengals are both now 5-6. The Tennessee Titans record is 5-5 and I expect it to be 5-6 after tomorrow night when they play the Houston Texans.

It is going to be a very tight race until Week 17 is finished. I still think the Indianapolis Colts at this point will be the number six seed in the AFC. It is quite possible Indianapolis and Tennessee will be 9-6 heading into Week 17 and play each other for the last wild card spot in the AFC, unless Denver is also 9-6 heading into Week 17 as well.

I still believe the Colts will be the number six seed in the AFC with the way they are playing right now, but the Broncos being the number six seed isn't of the question by any means. The last time they made it to the postseason was in the 2015 regular season and the 2016 postseason when they won Super Bowl L against the Carolina Panthers.

This article was originally published on @gk18