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Horse Tracks: Broncos would be AFC's No. 1 seed if NFL season ended today

Hello, home field advantage.

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Expectedly so, today's Horse Tracks is Vernon Davis heavy.

But first, let's talk playoffs.

Yes, playoffs.

If the NFL season ended today, the Broncos would be the AFC's No. 1 seed, according to's projection. Denver would be followed by New England (2), Cincinnati (3), Indianapolis (4), Oakland (5), and New York (6).

(Note: These Tracks are being scheduled before the completion of MNF, but the Colts will still be leading their division—and the fourth seed—regardless of if they win or lose tonight.)

There's much football left to be played, but Denver's in good shape entering Act II.

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