2011 NFL Playoff Scenarios: Broncos Have Three Ways To Make It In Week 16

ARLINGTON TX - FEBRUARY 06: Chad Clifton #76 of the Green Bay Packers celebrates with the Vince Lombardi Trophy after they defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers 31 to 25 in Super Bowl XLV at Cowboys Stadium on February 6 2011 in Arlington Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

The Denver Broncos were none the worse for wear after losing to the New England Patriots on Sunday. Thanks to the Detroit Lions, the Broncos still control their own destiny. While people are going over all 30+ scenarios that exist within the AFC West, I tend to stay positive and look at the scenarios that involve the Broncos getting a win - at least this week.

For the Broncos, there are a few scenarios that exist that will punch their ticket to the 2011 NFL Playoffs:

Obviously the first goal would be to win the AFC West. That would give the Broncos a home playoff game.

The Broncos would win the AFC West this weekend if:

1. DENVER WIN + OAKLAND LOSS/TIE

OR

2. DENVER TIE + OAKLAND LOSS + SAN DIEGO LOSS/TIE

The Broncos can also clinch at LEAST a Wild Card spot if:

3. DENVER WIN + NEW YORK JETS LOSS + CINCINNATI BENGALS LOSS + TENNESSEE TITANS LOSS

As you can see, both existing scenarios this weekend involve the Broncos winning. There are NO scenarios for WEEK 16 that include a Broncos loss, so let's just go to Buffalo and get a win!

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