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Published on 12/20/2011 at Tue Dec 20 08:00.
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Quarterbacks Tim Tebow #15 and Brady Quinn #9 of the Denver Broncos take the field during warm ups before playing the New England Patriots at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on December 18, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. (Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

The Denver Broncos‘ double-digit loss to the New England Patriots could have been a lot worse — the Oakland Raiders could have won.

But the Raiders didn’t, and while the Kansas City Chiefs and San Diego Chargers kept hope alive with impressive wins this weekend, they would need a lot of help to make the playoffs. The Broncos still control their own destiny.

In fact, Denver can clinch the division this week. A win in Buffalo and a Raiders loss would seal the division for Denver. Oakland plays Kansas City this week — get your Chiefs hats on, everybody.

Ways the Broncos can win the AFC West

(Excerpted from ESPN’s AFC West Blog)

1) Denver beats Kansas City in Week 17


2) Denver beats Buffalo in Week 16 AND Oakland loses 1 of last 2 games


3) Oakland beats Kansas City in Week 16 AND San Diego loses to Detroit in Week 16 AND San Diego beats Oakland in Week 17

Of course, winning both games would seal the division anyway. We’ve seen the Chargers rally late and win the division in miraculous fashion before — let’s not allow history to repeat itself.

  • Dante Pakistan

    Revenge of Orton? He lays down this week and then beats us week 17? No way that happens right?

  • MN Broncos

    I feel like it is taboo to talk about the playoffs…but how cool is it that we are in this position.  I remember replying to an article after we lost to the Lions – “did we sacrifice playoffs in benching Orton”.  What a laugh that got, I am eating my words because I was one of the first to say the playoffs were NOT happening.

  • Gradishar53

    Beating the Broncos is Orton’s wet dream… 

    That and being a member of the Beatles with his goofy haircut.

  • Anonymous

    It would be the worst personnel move ever if Orton knocked the Broncos out of the playoffs. I hope it doesn’t happen

  • Anonymous

    Thats funny!