Denver Broncos: Five possible scenarios for the end of the 2018 season

Sayre Bedinger
DENVER, CO - NOVEMBER 25: Wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders #10 of the Denver Broncos celebrates after catching a pass for a third quarter touchdown against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Broncos Stadium at Mile High on November 25, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - NOVEMBER 25: Wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders #10 of the Denver Broncos celebrates after catching a pass for a third quarter touchdown against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Broncos Stadium at Mile High on November 25, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images) /
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DENVER, CO – NOVEMBER 25: Quarterback Case Keenum #4 of the Denver Broncos is sacked by inside linebacker Vince Williams #98 of the Pittsburgh Steelers in the third quarter of a game at Broncos Stadium at Mile High on November 25, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO – NOVEMBER 25: Quarterback Case Keenum #4 of the Denver Broncos is sacked by inside linebacker Vince Williams #98 of the Pittsburgh Steelers in the third quarter of a game at Broncos Stadium at Mile High on November 25, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images) /

Scenario 2: Too little, too late

Another scenario that would not be ideal would be the Broncos finishing this season well — meaning they would win nine or even 10 games — and still not making the playoffs.

Right now, the Broncos have six losses, and all but one of those losses came against AFC teams (twice to the Chiefs, and once each to the Jets, Texans, and Ravens). The difficult part here for the Broncos is that if they finish with the same record as a team like the Ravens, they don’t own the tie-breaker head-to-head.

Wouldn’t it be something if the Broncos and Ravens both got to the end of the season with 10 wins, and it came down to that early season matchup as a deciding factor?

It would be a bit disappointing, to say the least.

There are a number of ways the Broncos can climb back into the postseason, but they will have a tough time getting past the Ravens, who are essentially 2.5 games ahead of them with five to play.

Even if the Broncos win out, there’s a chance they would miss the playoffs. That would be a huge let down.

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