Denver Broncos: Predictions for All Three Possible Divisional Round Matchups

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Denver Broncos: Predictions for All Three Possible Divisional Round Matchups
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The Denver Broncos get a few perks after having taken the number one seed in the AFC. Aside from home field advantage in the playoffs and a first round bye, the Broncos are guaranteed to play the lowest winning seed coming out of the wild card round.

That means that either the fourth, fifth or sixth seed will be coming to Denver on Jan. 12. Thus, the Broncos will play either the Baltimore Ravens, the Indianapolis Colts or the Cincinnati Bengals.

Of those three teams Denver has already met two of them in the regular season. Denver defeated Cincinnati 31-23 at Paul Brown Stadium and the Ravens in Baltimore 34-17. If the Broncos play either of these two teams, they'll have the advantage of familiarity and the morale boost of having already won a game against them.

Probably the far more interesting matchup for Denver would be if they were to host the Colts for their first divisional round game. The Broncos have not played against Andrew Luck yet, and you would have the added emotion of Peyton Manning playing against his former team.

The Broncos have not fared well against the Colts in the playoffs in recent years. However those stats will mean next to nothing now that Manning is playing in a Denver uniform. For all intents and purposes these would be two entirely new teams meeting for the first time.

So how could these scenarios play out for the Broncos? Let's get one thing straight: I'd give Denver the edge in any of these three games, so at this point we are looking at specifics. Let's have some fun.

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