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Broncos playoff scenarios: Denver can clinch AFC West vs. Raiders

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The Broncos are vying for their fifth straight AFC West championship and have it in sight.

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We know the current AFC picture (the Broncos are the #2 seed). We know the Broncos have a good chance of a first-round bye, and about a 1/3 chance of that precious first seed.

Now we know how the Broncos can clinch a playoff spot as early as this week. Merry Christmas indeed!

According to the NFL, these are the Broncos' clinching scenarios for Week 14.

Denver clinches AFC West division with:

  1. DEN win + KC loss or tie OR

  2. DEN tie + KC loss

Denver clinches a playoff spot with:

  1. DEN win + NYJ loss or tie OR

  2. DEN win + PIT loss or tie OR

  3. DEN tie + NYJ loss OR

  4. DEN tie + PIT loss

The Broncos play the Raiders this Sunday (here's everything we know). The Chiefs play the Chargers, where Kansas City are whopping 10-point favorites. The Jets (-7) play the Titans, and the Steelers are three-point underdogs to the Bengals in Cincinnati.

So according to the odds, the Broncos may clinch a playoff spot this week, but their fifth consecutive AFC West title may have to wait.

But who knows? Football is gloriously random.