Last week the Denver Broncos had a chance to lockup a playoff berth by beating the underachieving Bills. Most people expected them to earn an easy victory and win the AFC West, instead they took a beating.
The Broncos lost the game 40-14, while the Oakland Raiders won their game 16-13. This put both teams at 8-7 going into Week 17. Now it’s do or die for the Broncos, who control their own destiny. Win and you’re in, lose and you know the rest.
The Raiders will play the Chargers this week, a team who was eliminated from the playoff hunt last week and have nothing left to play for really. I’m not saying that the Raiders are guaranteed a victory, but if the Broncos expect anything less, they could be watching the playoffs from their television sets instead of playing in them.
Denver will match up against the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 17. This is a very winnable game for the Broncos, but that doesn’t mean they can slack off. When they slack off, things like last week’s blowout loss to the Bills happen. Here are just a few things that the Broncos can do to make sure they win Sunday and lock up the AFC West.