The Denver Broncos had another thrilling overtime victory this week against the Bears. Combining this awesome Mile High Magic win with the Raiders being mauled by the Packers, we now have a 1 game advantage in the battle for the division. I admit I again almost had a heart failure, but I'm not complaining about it... just keep the Ws coming!
When the game came to a close with a long winning FG by Matt Pratter, we ended our matchups against the NFC North. So now it's possible to fill our table row and take a look on how this division is affecting ours:
|Green Bay Packers||Detroit Lions||Chicago Bears||Minnesota Vikings|
|Oakland Raiders||L||dec, 18th||W||W|
|San Diego Chargers||L||dec, 24th||L||W|
|Kansas City Chiefs||dec, 18th||L||W||W|
First of all, the Vikings had no impact on this division race, since we all beat them. The Packers, as well, are supposed to beat the Chiefs and make no impact in our division because they defeated us all. Our best friend so far were the Bears, virtually taking off the Chargers of this battle.
So the key team must be the Lions. They will have a very important role facing the Raiders next week. If they put a L in this chart, we are almost there in the post-season fighting for the conference. (Remember a L means our division arch-rival Lost to the other division's team).
The AFC West is very unlikely to put two times in the post-season this year, so only the winner will make the playoffs. The Steelers, Jets and Bengals are the real contenders imo. That's why I think the Chargers are out. Not only because of the deficit we have over them, but because they are not showing a playoff level to try it. If the Lions really beat the Raiders, I don't think we have a chance of missing the playoffs. Really! And ironically, the Lions who gave us a veeeery long afternoon, would be our new best friends. Much better than the Bears were.
Do you believe it? I do!