Bronco fans may get an early present wrapped in orange and blue later today in the form of an AFC West Championship if the Broncos can beat the Buffalo Bills and the Kansas City Chiefs handle the Oakland Raiders. Both games are set to kickoff at 11 am (Mountain Time) today. At the end of the day if the Broncos have claimed the divisional championship, that means next week’s season finale against Kansas City will be nothing more than a game to fine tune things. A win against the Chiefs could possibly improve the Broncos seeding in the AFC playoffs, as well as send them into the playoffs on a positive note.
The last time the Broncos set atop the AFC West as champions occurred during the 2005 season, which also marked the last time the team appeared in a playoff game. Ironically, the Broncos clinched the AFC West title during that season on Christmas Eve when they beat the Oakland Raiders 22-3. Unfortunately, the 2005 season came to an end when the Pittsburgh Steelers beat the Broncos in the AFC Championship game 34-17.
Looking at the records, and the recent play of both teams, one would think that the Broncos should easily win today in Buffalo but this is the NFL and, although it is cliché, on any given Sunday (or Saturday for that matter), any team can beat another team. How many of us thought the Green Bay Packers undefeated season would come to an end in Kansas City last week? Hopefully the Broncos will stay focused on the Buffalo Bills and take care of business on the field today while the fans worry about next week, and talk about all the different scenarios that exist.
Merry Christmas Bronco fans!