Denver Broncos: Rooting guide for crucial Week 15

Oct 18, 2018; Glendale, AZ, USA; Denver Broncos wide receiver Courtland Sutton (14) celebrates a touchdown with Tim Patrick (81) against the Arizona Cardinals at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 18, 2018; Glendale, AZ, USA; Denver Broncos wide receiver Courtland Sutton (14) celebrates a touchdown with Tim Patrick (81) against the Arizona Cardinals at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports /

The Denver Broncos are heading into a crucial Week 15, and could use some help from many teams across the AFC. Here is the team’s Week 15 rooting guide.

The Denver Broncos are playing meaningful December football, folks!  Although, they will probably need some help from across the NFL in hopes that they can clinch a playoff berth.

At 7-6, the team is 10th in the AFC, which means they are dead last among the plethora of 7-6 teams in the conference.  In order for them to clinch a playoff spot, they will surely need some help from other teams.

Needing help from other teams is a completely normal thing that happens every single year.  “X team clinches the playoff if they win and Y team loses.”

As the season enters its final weeks, we will begin to see this become more common, but it’s never too early to look at what the Denver Broncos would benefit from the most among this week’s games.  Here is the team’s Week 15 rooting guide.

Chiefs at Chargers, 8:20PM, Thursday Night Football

This one is mostly simple.  The Broncos would most benefit from a Chiefs victory.  Kansas City is the overwhelming favorite to take the division, and Los Angeles is currently sitting in the 5th seed at 8-5.  If they lose tonight, they will drop to 8-6, which would give the Broncos a golden opportunity to earn the same record as them if the team can beat the Bengals.

The Broncos do own the tiebreaker over the Chargers as it stands right now, since they beat the team a few weeks ago.  So if both teams are 8-6 after Sunday, the Broncos have the advantage.

Raiders at Browns, 4:30PM, Saturday

The Broncos should root for the Raiders, since the Browns are one of the 7-6 teams ahead of the Broncos.  The Browns beat the Broncos earlier in the season, so the Browns being at 7-7 and the Broncos being at 8-6 is the most ideal scenario.

In this scenario, the Raiders would jump to 7-7, but would still be behind the Broncos in the standings.

With a plethora of Browns set to not play because of COVID issues, this could be an easy win for Las Vegas.

Patriots at Colts, 8:20PM, Saturday

The Denver Broncos should hope the Patriots win this game, since the Colts are another 7-6 team ahead of the Broncos in the AFC playoffs.

The Colts are in the 6th seed, and if they were to lose, the Broncos could jump ahead of them with a win against the Bengals on Sunday.

The Colts are also heating up at the right time–they have an efficient quarterback, excellent offensive line, and punishing running game, a perfect recipe for the playoffs.

Every AFC team should hope the Colts do not make the playoffs.

Titans at Steelers, 1:00PM, Sunday

The Steelers losing would benefit the Broncos the most, since the Titans would all but secure their division title, secure a top 4 seed, avoiding falling into a Wild Card spot.

The Steelers are 6-6-1, so they would drop even further in the AFC playoff race with a loss.

A loss from Pittsburgh would also all but guarantee them missing the playoffs. Their tie against the Lions setting up to be a disaster for them when it comes down to them making their playoff push.

The Titans are banged up, but they are by far the more talented team, so they should win this game.

Panthers at Bills, 1:00PM, Sunday

The Bills are sitting in the 7th and final seed in the AFC playoffs, so it’s no surprise that the Broncos need the Bills to lose.

There really isn’t much more to say.  The Panthers are in the NFC, so they do not factor in here.

Go Panthers!

Jets at Dolphins, 1:00PM, Sunday

The Dolphins are on a 5 game win streak and get to play the atrocious Jets on Sunday. It’s not likely that the Jets win, but one can hope.

With a win, Miami jumps to 7-7, and would have the same record as the Broncos if Denver were to lose.

Miami has a tough path in the playoffs, but us Broncos fans still benefit most from a Dolphins loss.

Maybe Zach Wilson can play the best game of his career?

Bengals at Broncos, 4:05PM, Sunday

….Go Broncos!

Packers at Ravens, 4:25PM, Sunday

The Ravens own a tiebreaker against the Broncos at this very moment, since the team beat the Broncos in Denver earlier in the season.

I think the Ravens losing would benefit the Broncos the most, because that would mean an 8-6 record would be good enough to be first in the AFC North.

If the Ravens lose and the Browns win, the Browns would then jump the Ravens in the standings, and the Ravens would fall into a Wild Card spot.

The Browns own the tiebreaker against the Broncos and the Ravens, so if all three teams are 8-6, the Broncos would then get the short end of the stick among the three teams.

This is kind of a messy game to break down, since both Baltimore and Cleveland own tiebreakers against the Broncos.

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For that reason, my logic with this scenario is that both teams losing help the Denver Broncos, since they can gain a game on both if they beat the Bengals.