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Hope replaces stress in Broncos-less AFC Playoffs

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For the first time in four years, a path has finally emerged to get the Broncos back in the playoffs.

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Happy Drew Year, Broncos Country!

The AFC Playoffs suck without the Denver Broncos.

Although it doesn’t suck that Tom Brady and the New England Patriots our out, and hopefully, their era is over. As a result, we can all root for the Kansas City Chiefs to lose with, as Andrew Mason said, no “root for the meteor” games in the two weeks to come. But I digress.

My wife said to me recently, “Well, at least you don’t have to stress out.” Since we’re now at four years without the Broncos in the tournament, I want that stress. Denver needs that stress. The franchise wants and needs that stress.

For the first time in four years, a path seems to have emerged to make that happen, and it starts with Drew Lock. That also allows John Elway and the front office to fill in pieces on the roster through NFL free agency due to the gobs of salary cap space, and then the NFL Draft. The Broncos are no longer pigeonholed into finding a quarterback, and that allows Elway to build on the young foundation already in place. It also helps to finally have stability at head coach with Vic Fangio.

The big thing is there’s hope. As Joe Ellis said at his season-ending news conference, hope is no way to run a franchise. But after four years of not being in the playoffs and no path (until now) to get back, Broncos Country needs all the hope it can get.

Here’s, gasp, hoping 2020 ends the drought and we can fret about the stress again.

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