The Denver Broncos are officially the AFC West champions for the second consecutive year. Late-season stumbles at the hands of Jay Cutler and Kyle Orton are a thing of the past in Denver, and you can almost hear the collective sigh of relief from fans who now know they don't have to worry about a late-season dive out of playoff contention.
Quite the contrary; not only do the Broncos have a playoff berth and their division locked up, they appear to be hitting their stride, with more on John Elway's to-do list.
With four games still left on the schedule, Denver has a chance to play for more than just stats. Sitting at 9-3, they're within striking distance of the two teams ahead of them in the AFC. Both the New England Patriots and Baltimore Ravens are also at 9-3, though with much tougher schedules bearing down on them.
At this point, it's even feasible (if not improbable) that the Broncos could take the first seed in the AFC away from the Houston Texans. While this isn't a likely scenario, it's a possibility all the same, and serves to remind us that there's plenty more football to be played, and plenty for the Broncos to be playing for.