The Broncos will win the AFC West… Again
While they were able to accomplish this feat, it certainly was not easy. With the San Diego Chargers slumping due to injury and the Oakland Raiders beginning to shape their identity, it appeared as if the Broncos would run away with the division title again.
Somehow, someway, the Kansas City Chiefs got to a point where they just kept winning. And while the Broncos were able to keep them at bay for a while, the losses started to pile up. And with just two weeks remaining in the season, the Chiefs were one game behind in the AFC West.
Thanks to the combine efforts of Osweiler, Manning, (in Week 17) and the Broncos defense, the team was able to lock up their fifth straight division title. Not only that, but they ended up with a first round bye and home field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs.
I have to give Gary Kubiak credit for making that gut check decision in Week 17. Had he not pulled Osweiler in place of Manning, this probably might not have happened.
But let us not forget that Osweiler was the reason that the Broncos got as far as they did. A 4-2 record as a starting quarterback isn’t too shabby for someone who hasn’t taken a meaningful snap since college. Kudos to you Brock Osweiler.
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