The Denver Broncos got back on the winning track in Week 16 by defeating the Cincinnati Bengals in overtime 20-17. The victory moved the Broncos to 11-4 with one game left to go in the regular season.
By beating the Bengals, the Broncos put themselves in position to have a first-round bye in the first week of the playoffs. In fact, there is a scenario where they finish as the top seed in the conference.
Head coach Gary Kubiak knows that facing an opponent a second time will present a challenge for starting quarterback Brock Osweiler. This will be the first rematch for him as a starting quarterback in his NFL career. He last played the San Diego Chargers in the beginning of December, helping Denver win 17-3.
“It's a challenge because they've played us and obviously, they're going to have an opinion on how they think that they should play him," Kubiak said. "We have a lot of respect for the Chargers, but really I think our focus right now has been very good on ourselves.
That's what we're going to try to do here. Like I said, the biggest challenge right now is getting everybody good and fresh before we go on Sunday. We'll get started on that here this evening.”
As with every week, there are players who are on the rise. There are also players who are struggling for various reasons.
Here is the stock report for the Broncos as they head into the season finale against San Diego.