The Denver Broncos have control of their playoff destiny once again. After losing to the San Diego Chargers in Week 15, the team lost control to the New England Patriots. However, after the Patriots lost to the Miami Dolphins on Sunday, it gave the reins back to the Broncos.
On Monday, Broncos head coach John Fox talked about that game and the impact it had on Denver’s outlook. “Well, I think you just better have your ‘A’ game ready. This is a great example of that. You look at the top three seeds, us included, losing and all division teams that maybe weren’t really high in the standings, I think it just goes to show you that on any given Sunday, you better be ready to play. If we learned a lesson, it wasn’t maybe individual games, it’s just what happened to us and what we need to do moving forward.”
If the Broncos win their final two regular-season games, then they will enter the playoffs as the No. 1 seed in the AFC. With games against the Texans and Raiders, victory seems like a distinct possibility.
Going into the playoffs as the top team in the conference would give Denver home-field advantage up to the Super Bowl. As the top seed, the Broncos would avoid traveling to stadiums that are difficult to play in.
There would be no going to Foxborough or Arrowhead Stadium. Instead, every opponent would have to get used to the altitude in the Mile High City. In addition to the altitude and thinner air, the crowd noise from Sports Authority Field at Mile High could greatly aid the Broncos in the playoffs.
The Broncos are no longer the favorite in Vegas to win the Super Bowl per Mike Klis from the Denver Post. A loss to the Chargers has certainly brought up more questions about this team’s ability to win a championship.
So what are the biggest questions this team needs to answer before the start of (and during) the playoffs? Let’s take a look to see if we can pinpoint the team’s biggest areas of concern going forward.
All quotes and injury/practice observations were obtained firsthand. Record/Statistical information provided via email from the Denver Broncos.