NFL Week 16 Picks: Denver Broncos Will Secure AFC West with Win over Bills

Michael MillSenior Analyst IIIDecember 23, 2011

DENVER, CO - DECEMBER 18: Tim Tebow #15 of the Denver Broncos celebrates with teammates after a rushing touchdown against the New England Patriots on December 18, 2011 during the first half at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Marc Piscotty/Getty Images)
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You can say what you want about the Denver Broncos and Tim Tebow.

It won't change the fact that the team has the ability to clinch the AFC West this weekend with a win over the Buffalo Bills and a Oakland Raiders loss.

It's a matchup that should have Broncos' fans head over heels.

After a promising start to the season, Buffalo has lost seven straight games. Only the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are on a bigger downward slide right now.

Everybody in the country knows that the Broncos are on the other end of the spectrum.

Despite the crushing loss last week against the Patriots, the Broncos have won seven of their last nine games with Tim Tebow under center.

The big reason for the collapse in Buffalo has been on the defensive side of the ball. The team has really struggled all season to stop anything on the ground.

They are currently ranked 28th in the league in terms of run defense.

They will have their hands full with the Tim Tebow spread option and number one rushing offense in the NFL this weekend.

This is one of those games where Tebow shouldn't need to mount some miracle comeback as time expires on the clock that makes him the headline for every major broadcast over the next week.

The Broncos may do it that way, but they shouldn't have to.

Denver should be able to get an early lead with the run attack and continue to grind the clock throughout the span of the game.

This defense that just got shredded by Tom Brady won't face the same sort of attack this weekend.

This game is Denver's to lose.

One other game will need to go the Broncos' way this weekend for them to clinch the division.

The Kansas City Chiefs will have to upset the Oakland Raiders.

The Chiefs found a way to rally and upset the Packers a week ago. This Raiders offense doesn't have nearly the same firepower as Green Bay.

I would expect the same sort of showing from the defense and an increase in production from the offense with Orton under center yet again.

Get ready to celebrate Denver, this weekend the AFC West Championship could go to the Broncos.