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The Cincinnati Bengals are in town for a Monday Night showdown and the playoffs are on the line. Denver needs just one win to clinch a playoff berth and have a chance to claim the first overall seed in the AFC.

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The playoff picture became a little clearer on Sunday... and by clearer, I mean the Broncos could end up with any playoff position but the 4th seed, or they could miss the playoffs entirely. If Denver wins out in these last two games, they will win the AFC West.

It all comes down to Monday Night football against the Cincinnati Bengals. Denver needs to take care of business for a shot at the bye. Lose tonight and Denver will be battling San Diego next week for a shot at a wild card. If they lose both remaining games, no playoffs for Denver and 2015 ends in disappointment.

If Denver is a playoff team, it's high time to show the world in prime time. Dropped balls, missed tackles, and poor play calling need to take a backseat to scoring and a return of stifling defensive play. I know the Broncos have it in them and I will be rooting for them to let it out on Monday night. The time is now.

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The playoff scenarios are many going into Monday night's tilt with the Bengals. Here are a bunch of articles that go in depth as to how it can all shake out.

Broncos' seed by seed AFC playoff scenarios | #9News #9Sports

Denver Broncos need late-season wins for success - The Denver Post

NFL playoff picture and scenarios 2015, Week 16: Broncos need to find a win soon, 3 hot AFC teams are coming - SBNation.com

Playoff scenarios: Broncos in with a win | Denver Broncos

2015 NFL playoff picture: Chiefs clinch playoff spot, Jets take AFC Wild Card lead over Steelers - SBNation.com

AFC playoff picture: Home-field advantage is still wide open | ProFootballTalk

Peyton Manning came out strong in his denial of the HGH accusations made by Al-Jazeera America.

The day after: Peyton Manning, his accuser, Colts, Broncos all deny HGH report | The Kansas City Star

Watch: Peyton Manning gives emotional interview following alleged reports of HGH use | Sun Times National

Peyton Manning says he’ll "probably" sue over HGH allegations | ProFootballTalk

Peyton Manning: Accusations are 'fabricated, complete trash, garbage' | Denver Broncos

Need a primer for Monday Night's game against the Bengals? Here y'are!

Matchup: Bengals vs. Broncos - Yahoo Sports

It'll be No. 1 vs. No. 9 when Broncos', Bengals' defenses meet - AFC North- ESPN

There's a lot of history between the Broncos and Bengals.

Late-season Bengals-Broncos tilt altered course of 1981 season - NFL.com

Sundays with Sacco: From Broncos to Bengals | Denver Broncos

When it comes to Broncos and Bengals, there's only one game that sits at the top as the greatest ever. Ironically, it's probably the only win that Kyle Orton got in Denver that will be remembered.

How is the AFC's number one seed still in play? The Jets beat the Patriots on Sunday, keeping Broncos hopes high that they can rip home-field throughout the playoffs away from New England. Jets control playoff fate after overtime win over Pats - NFL.com

It seems like every Pats loss comes with controversy. This time it concerned the overtime coin-flip. Bill Belichick defends Pats kicking to begin overtime - NFL.com

The Broncos got a ton of help on Sunday when the Ravens upset the Steelers.

Ryan Mallett leads Ravens to victory over Steelers - NFL.com

Ryan Mallett makes memorable Ravens debut in upset of Steelers | ESPN

I now know how it feels to be a Browns fan. They let all of Broncos Country down on Sunday by floundering when the game was on the line against the Chiefs. Chiefs earn playoff berth with win over Browns - NFL.com

I'm bummed that the Panthers quest for a perfect season ended yesterday. Panthers' perfect season ends in loss to Falcons - NFL.com

It got ugly in Arizona on Sunday. The Packers could just not get it going. Cardinals get ninth-straight win with rout of Packers | ProFootballTalk

The Vikings absolutely crushed the Giants on Sunday night and clinched a playoff berth. Sunday Night wrap-up: Steady Vikings clinch their playoff berth | ProFootballTalk

I don't know what it is about the St. Louis (or wherever they end up) Rams, but they have the Seahawks number. Russell Wilson's streak stopped by swarming Rams D - NFL.com

Lastly, kudos to MHR's Tim Lynch for winning my personal Fantasy Football league. Me, my dad, and brother-in-law salute you!