Scenarios for Denver Broncos to Secure Home Field Advantage in NFL Playoffs

By Mark Stringer
Ron Chenoy – US Presswire

The Denver Broncos have clinched the AFC West so what’s next for the team to play for? A first-round bye and home field advantage throughout the NFL playoffs would be nice.

If the season ended today, the Broncos would be the No. 2 seed in the AFC behind the 11-1 Houston Texans. In that scenario, the Broncos would receive a first0-round bye and get to play their first two playoff games at home. If they won, they would get to play at home in the AFC title game unless they played the Texans.

Do they have a shot at the No.1 seed and home field advantage throughout the playoffs? Yes, but it’s a long shot. Here is what would need to happen for them to take that spot: The Texans would need to lose three of their last four games and the New England Patriots would need to lose one of their last four. The Broncos would also have to win out because the Patriots and the Texans both have the tie breaker over the Broncos.

The Patriots and Texans play on Monday night so it would be in the Broncos’ best interest for the Texans to lose if Denver wants a chance at that No. 1 seed, but if they assume that the Texans won’t lose three more games then they could root for the Patriots to lose so it will better their chances to secure the No.2 seed and a bye.

I think it’s a long shot for the Texans to lose three of four so I think the Broncos and their fans need to wish for a Patriots loss Monday so their chances increase for the No. 2 seed. The Broncos still have the Baltimore Ravens, Cleveland Browns and Kansas City Chiefs left on their schedule and these are all must-win games for the Broncos to keep the No.2 seeding and a first-round bye.


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