When you win your division, you're usually expected to be a contender for a Super Bowl appearance. Obviously there are exceptions to the rule (eg. 2011 Seattle Seahawks).
It's hard to say that about the Denver Broncos. Really, the Broncos should have never had a shot at winning this division.
Starting 1-4, Then going 7-1 with most of those wins coming with unbelievable comebacks that would be near impossible to replicate on a weekly basis.
Sneaking into the playoffs with an 8-8 record and a three-game losing streak isn't exactly riding momentum. With the Brady Quinn fiasco kicking in, things have never looked more confusing.
Tebow is playing more scared and vulnerable every week.
Call me a hater, I don't care, because the real reason why they don't have a shot in the dark of appearing in the Super Bowl isn't any of the reasons I've listed above.
It's the ridiculously challenging schedule that has been laid out ahead of them.
The Broncos have the Steelers this week, granted this game is at home, but the Broncos haven't exactly dominated on their home turf, falling to 3-5 on the year.
Even if the Broncos somehow upset the Steelers, they would then travel to Baltimore to face the well-rested Ravens. The Ravens are stacked on both sides of the ball and are ready to make a serious run at the playoffs.
And If the Broncos somehow won back-to-back games against the Steelers and Ravens, then they would more than likely travel to New England.
Even the most passionate Bronco fan would be willing to admit that this schedule is ridiculously difficult.
Never mind the fact that the offense has scored a combined 17 golden points the last two games, forget that the Broncos defense play has been streaky the last few weeks.
That schedule against the NFL's elite will be enough to leave any Bronco fan hopeless.