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Horse Tracks: Broncos have uphill battle to make playoffs

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The Denver Broncos have the toughest schedule of any team in the league with playoff aspirations. In order to make the post-season, they will have to play their best football of the year in the final three weeks of the regular season.

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Good morning, Broncos Country.

The Denver Broncos have three games left to prove that they deserve to be in the playoffs.  A wide variety of scenarios exist, but the safest bet for the Broncos to enter the dance as a wild card team is to take care of business and win out against New England, Kansas City and Oakland. That guarantees them a spot, but certainly that is easier said than done.

According to NFL Research, it has been nearly three decades since an NFL team has played their final three regular seasons against opponents who sport a record of 10-3 or better.  Most certainly, the Broncos have a tough and brutal path on their way to defending their Super Bowl title.

The Patriots will likely be the strongest opponent the Broncos have faced all year long.  Fortunately, the Broncos have had their number over the course of Tom Brady's Hall of Fame Career with their franchise, being the only team in the entire league to have a winning record against them in head-to-head play.

That historical trend is encouraging, but at the end of the day it doesn't mean much — what matters is that the Broncos put together their best game of the season and beat the Patriots this weekend, which will provide them with the swagger and momentum to finish their remaining two games strongly against two of their most bitter rivals in the Chiefs and Raiders.

It is unlikely, but if the Broncos are able to pull off three consecutive wins, they would cement themselves as a dangerous team in the playoffs.  If they are able to secure two victories, they will have shown enough grit and determination to merit a spot to challenge for a second straight world title. Alas, if they only win one game — they will certainly be watching this years' playoffs in the comfort of their own homes, barring an absolute miracle and ultimate collapse of other potential playoff contenders in the last three weeks of the season.

How will it all play out?  You will just have to tune in and see.  Best of luck to the Broncos in their last three games of the season, they are certainly going to need it.

As always, thank you for reading and here is today's offering of Horse Tracks.

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