In all honesty, staying healthy is more important at this point than a first-round bye. While a free ticket to the Divisional round of the playoffs is always a nice treat, a late-season injury to a key player would be far more devastating for the Broncos.
Other than a week 15 matchup against the Baltimore Ravens, the remaining schedule for the Broncos is amazingly un-intimidating. They face the Raiders in Oakland before traveling to Baltimore, and then host the Cleveland Browns and the Kansas City Chiefs to close out the season.
Don't be surprised to the see the starters spend more time on the bench in those final two games.
The Denver players and coaches are certainly studying the tapes of the their potential division opponents just as much as they are dissecting the intricate Cleveland Browns' passing attack. (Yes, that is sarcasm.)
Here are three potential playoff matchups that are making John Fox and Peyton Manning cringe.