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The Broncos’ playoff hopes could officially end this weekend.

Three teams, including Denver, risk mathematical elimination in Week 13.

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The Broncos’ season is hanging by a thread. At least, that’s the case officially. Unofficially, most fans realized weeks ago that the franchise is enduring a rare lost season. And this Sunday the full impact of the worst losing streak Denver has suffered in about 50 years may finally be felt.

A redditor going by “NFLPlayoffScenarios” posted this outline of various playoff possibilities stemming from this weekend’s games, as noted by the Washington Post.

Three teams face possible elimination from playoff contention in an unlucky Week 13. The Colts and the Bears join the Broncos in clinging to life. For their part, the Colts look pretty doomed as they face a significantly stronger Jaguars squad in Jacksonville. The Bears may have a better chance against the already eliminated 49ers, but the fact that it’s Jimmy Garoppolo’s first start for San Francisco makes that a game that may be an interesting watch. Can he lead his team well enough to play the part of executioner?

Seattle Seahawks v San Francisco 49ers Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images

Two other teams have already been eliminated in addition to the 49ers: the winless Browns and the horribly-led Giants. (Seriously, why does that clown McAdoo still have his job?)

The Broncos aren’t the worst off of the three teams on the chopping block this week, though it may feel like it to Broncos Country. The Bears can actually beat the 49ers and still get eliminated from the postseason if any two of the Seahawks, Panthers, or Falcons win their games.

As for the Broncos? There are a couple of different scenarios that lead to elimination.

All three scenarios rely in part on the Broncos being eliminated from any chance of winning the AFC West. There’s a laundry list of ways that can occur here, but it more or less boils down to if at least two of the Chargers, Raiders, or Chiefs win their games this weekend.

Paraphrased from the Washington Post article:

  • A loss to the Dolphins, combined with a win by the Bills and wins or ties by the Jaguars and Titans, in addition to the Broncos being eliminated the race for the AFC West division crown.
  • A loss to the Dolphins, combined with wins or ties by the Jaguars, Titans, and Ravens, a win by the Bengals, and the Broncos being eliminated the race for the AFC West division crown.
  • A loss to the Dolphins, combined with wins by the Bills and Bengals, a win or tie by the Ravens, and the Broncos being eliminated the race for the AFC West division crown.

Right. So that’s a bit depressing. Have a cute Broncos baby picture to lift your spirits:

NFL: 2017 NFL Draft Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

For those fans still holding out hope, here’s a little ray of sunshine: the Broncos’ playoff chances will probably survive, technically, if only for another week or so. The Bills must win in two of those scenarios, but face a very steep challenge in hosting the Patriots. And the other option still requires a win by the Bengals, who will host the Steelers.

So now you know who to root for... or against, if you’re among those who’ve decided to #EmbraceTheTank.


How do you feel about the possibility of the Broncos getting eliminated from playoffs contention?

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  • 42%
    It sucks, but at least a nifty high draft pick will come along with it.
    (173 votes)
  • 25%
    It sucks, but it’s inevitable at this point. Is it 2018 yet?
    (106 votes)
  • 19%
    It sucks, and I hate it with every fiber of my being.
    (80 votes)
  • 12%
    No worries, we’ve still got this!
    (50 votes)
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