Denver Broncos Bounce Back, In Driver Seat For AFC West Division

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How does a team like the Denver Broncos bounce back after self-destructing against the New England Patriots? One way is to defeat your division opponent.

The Broncos fell behind early against the Kansas City Chiefs but took a page out of the Patriots’ on how to come back against a big-time opponent and responded by scoring 28 unanswered points after falling behind 21-7 in the second quarter. With the Broncos sweeping the Chiefs, they are in prime position of clinching their third straight division title. At first, it appeared as if it was going to be a nightmare, as the Broncos could not stop the Chiefs. Manning threw two early interceptions but was able to overcome them with five touchdown passes, in which four of them went to Eric Decker who had a career day of his own and established himself as a dangerous weapon for Manning once again.

The defense did not look sharp, but they got the job done in the second half to put the offense right back into the game. Mike Adams also made sure that the game never went into overtime by getting a hand on a pass from Alex Smith that was going to Dwayne Bowe that could have been the game-tying touchdown. In short, the Broncos got their confidence back with a huge win and got past the hardest part of their schedule.

Now that the Broncos have gotten past a tough four game stretch, the rest of the schedule gives the team a solid chance of taking care of business and clinching the division as well as home field. The only challenge is they face now is keeping the Patriots from taking over the No. 1 seed. But as long as the Broncos win out against their last four opponents, this should not be a challenge. But with today’s win, the Broncos are in the ideal position to make a run towards the postseason.

Tylor Walden is a Denver Broncos writer for Rantsports.com. Follow him on Twitter @TylorDWalden, “like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.


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