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Broncos schedule 2014: Which remaining game is most important?

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Marshall Faulk's Question of the Week asks us which game on the Broncos' remaining 2014 schedule is the most important?

If we asked Peyton Manning, he'd surely say, "The next game," every week. This week it'd be the St. Louis Rams. Next week, the Miami Dolphins.

As far as playoff implications go, it's true that every game is important to the Broncos. They can't afford to slide back behind the New England Patriots, who are tied with Denver with a 7-2 record but own the head-to-head tiebreaker for the AFC's first seed.

It's that race with New England that is most important at this point to the Broncos, and it's with that in mind that we take a look at Denver's remaining schedule.

Broncos remaining schedule
Wk Day Date Opponent Record
11 Sun Nov 16 STL at St. Louis Rams
3-6
12 Sun Nov 23
MIA Miami Dolphins
6-4
13 Sun Nov 30
KAN at Kansas City Chiefs 6-3
14 Sun
Dec 7 BUF Buffalo Bills
5-5
15 Sun Dec 14 SD at San Diego Chargers 5-4
16 Mon
Dec 22 CIN at Cincinnati Bengals
5-3-1
17 Sun
Dec 28 OAK Oakland Raiders
0-9

Four winning teams, one .500 team, and just two teams with losing records. Not an easy slate for the Broncos down the stretch. But which game is most important?

Given the way they're keeping up with the Broncos in the division, and given the fact that the Patriots lost to them 14-41, Denver's Week 13 game against the Kansas City Chiefs in Arrowhead looms large as the most important game remaining on Denver's schedule. It's a Sunday Night Football game to boot.

Next would be the Week 15 game at the San Diego Chargers. The Broncos will have to put a nail in two AFC West coffins if they hope to seal the AFC's #1 seed.

But none of those games are important this week. We'll follow Manning's lead and not look ahead. This week, the most important game of the rest of the schedule is the St. Louis Rams.

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