Cleveland Browns vs. Denver Broncos: 10 Keys to the Game for Broncos

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Cleveland Browns vs. Denver Broncos: 10 Keys to the Game for Broncos
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The Denver Broncos enter Sunday's game vs. the Cleveland Browns as the hottest team in the NFL.

Fresh off their 34-17 victory over the Baltimore Ravens, the Broncos have put themselves in the driver's seat to clinch a first-round bye as the AFC's No. 2 seed. Denver controls its own destiny, and if the Broncos win their remaining two games versus the Browns and the visiting Kansas City Chiefs, the Broncos will have a week off to prepare for a home game in the Divisional Round.

The Cleveland Browns (5-9) have exceeded expectations as one of the youngest teams in the NFL. Three of their starters are rookies who have started all 14 games this year. That would include quarterback Brandon Weeden and running back Trent Richardson. Their rookies have started a league-high 77 games so far this season.

The Browns are 4-3 overall in their past seven games and, in Week 15, led the NFC East-leading Redskins 14-10 at halftime before losing the game, 38-21.

Despite Cleveland having nothing to play for in this game but pride and momentum heading into next season, the Browns have been a tough team to beat for much of this year. Five of their nine losses have been by seven points or fewer.

What are some things the Broncos need to do on Sunday to avoid a letdown at Mile High?

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