Denver Broncos: 4 things we have learned in first 4 games

Denver Broncos QB #3 Drew Lock. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports
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DENVER, CO – SEPTEMBER 14: Bradley Chubb #55 of the Denver Broncos signals that the ball was stopped short of the line to gain during a game against the Tennessee Titans at Empower Field at Mile High on September 14, 2020 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images) /

The playoffs won’t be easy to reach

The Broncos have not played in a postseason game since Super Bowl 50 but after the league chose to add an extra Wild Card team starting with this season, many picked the Broncos to end that skid and make the playoffs.

A 1-3 start has made that goal a lot less attainable.

Had the Broncos lost to the Jets on Thursday night, it would have been all but impossible as a team starting 0-4 has made the playoffs just once in league history. Winning that game gave the team a much better chance, but there will still be a lot ot overcome.

Within their own division, there appears to be at least two teams (Chiefs, Raiders) that are playing much better ball than the Broncos and the Chargers don’t appear to be a cake walk either.

Currently, there are 10 teams in the AFC that have a better record than the Broncos and three others that have an identical 1-3 mark. Knowing that only seven teams make the postseason, some simple math tells you that it won’t be easy to qualify.

The Broncos’ next four games are against the New England Patriots, Miami Dolphins, Kansas City Chiefs and Atlanta Falcons. Though a meeting with the Chiefs won’t be easy, the other three games are all winnable.

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If the team falters and loses three or all four of those ganmes, the playoffs become an afterthought.