Denver Broncos Playoff Scenarios: Just Win and the Rest Will Take Care of Itself

By Craig Moir
Chris Humphreys-USA Today Sports

The Denver Broncos, as with most of the AFC  have the enviable position of just needing to take care of business in NFL week 17.  As all playoff teams are set, the only thing left to determine is the actual seeding that each team will award themselves.

With a win on Sunday, the Broncos would, at the very least, secure a second seed and a first round bye with a home playoff game.  Then there are other playoff scenarios that may fall into place with the results of other teams and whether or not they win or lose.  At the moment, not all AFC playoff teams could win on Sunday, as the Houston Texans, who currently hold the one seed, play the Indianapolis Colts.  This is the game that the Broncos will be watching, as it is played at 1:00ET.

For the Broncos, the ultimate icing on the 2012 season’s cake would be if they handle their business against the Kansas City Chiefs, and the Texans lose to the Colts.  Most believe that the Colts have nothing to play for as they are locked into the five seed, but with Head Coach Chuck Pagano on the sidelines for the first time in three months while fighting cancer, I beg to differ.

The Colts will be battling tough, just the same as Pagano has, which might be good for the Broncos.  Houston will have a tougher time this go around with this upstart club and they may not know what they are in for.  If the Colts win and the Broncos win, then the Broncos will be the number one seed, with the Texans the two seed.  Add another wrinkle with the New England Patriots winning, and the Texans can fall down to the three seed.  Interesting, huh?

The Baltimore Ravens can go no higher than the three seed with a win and the previous scenario happening, except a loss by the Patriots.  But this is all about Peyton Manning and his Broncos who began the season 2-3, and now have the opportunity for a first round bye and possibly home field advantage throughout the playoffs.  For a year when expectations were high, but not necessarily meant to be Mile High, this is a welcome turn of events.  The only thing that could derail them would be a loss, which could possibly drop them to a three seed and have to play on wild card weekend.

No matter what happens on the last week of this 2012 NFL season, the Broncos have certainly risen to the occasion after going 8-8 last year and needing a lot of help from their division rivals just to make the playoffs.  One thing is for certain, Manning has this team believing that they can do anything and beat anyone.  I guess when you have the only team in the league with a top five offense and defense, the work ethic of one of the best to ever play the game really has rubbed off.  And the view from the playoffs is always better from a mile high!


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