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Even if a Bills loss to the Raiders would help Denver, this is help that should get shunned.

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Good morning, Broncos Country!

In a weird twist of fate, the Denver Broncos should, emphasis on "should," root for the Oakland Raiders today.

With the AFC playoff standings the way they sit right now, the Buffalo Bills are nipping at the heels of the Broncos in the fight for the final wild card spot. At this point, it would take a major miracle for Denver to win the AFC West. With a divisional record of 1-3, it ain’t happenin’. That also means the first wild card spot goes to the team that doesn’t win the AFC West, leaving the No. 6 seed as the most likely spot for the Broncos. In theory, a Bills loss would help Denver.

As Adam Malnati and I discussed on the Mile High Report Podcast this week, that means Broncos Country "should" root for the Raiders when they host Buffalo today. If the Broncos finish 3-2 or 4-1 in the last five games, it won’t matter. That starts today if Denver gets a win over the Jacksonville Jaguars. In theory, you don’t pass up help when you get it ... but, root for the Raiders?!?

I would rather get a severe case of Montezuma’s Revenge on a cross-country Greyhound bus ride in the middle of west Texas in the dead of summer.

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