Nearly a year after granting the wish of every football fan in Colorado, the Denver Broncos find themselves in a tricky situation.
With a 8-5 record, and three games remaining in the regular season, there is a chance Denver might not make the playoffs, for the first time since 2011. If they win two of the three games left, they should be good to go.
Only problem is, the three teams standing in the way are all ranked higher and have better records. They will surely not go down without a fight.
First up, the New England Patriots, who are currently tied with Dallas for the best record in the league at 11-2. They haven’t lost since week 9 against Seattle, and quarterback Tom Brady is looking better than ever.
However, the last meeting between the two surely left a bitter taste in Brady’s mouth. He was hit 20 times, including 2.5 sacks by Von Miller. Miller shared a photo of last year’s game on Instagram, in honor of this week’s matchup, with the caption “We meet again Mr. Brady.”
Looks like Brady will have his hands full with the orange crush defense once again.
Where Denver struggles however, is their offense, and particularly their offensive line. They will face division rivals Kansas City and Oakland to close out the season, both of whom have decently formidable defenses.
Raiders defensive end Khalil Mack in particular has made the life of opposing quarterbacks very difficult, and he only improves at the end of the season. He’ll be looking to add to his 11 sacks against a week Denver line.
If quarterback Trevor Siemian and the running backs get the same protection — or lack-thereof — that we’ve seen the last few weeks, Denver fans will just have to keep warm with the epic memories of last year’s Super Bowl victory. They’ll have to kiss their hopes of a fifth consecutive playoff appearance goodbye.