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Are the Broncos an NFL playoff team?

The Broncos are in a great spot to return to the playoffs for the first time since Super Bowl 50. But there is work ahead to ensure that happens.

Good morning, Broncos Country!

Now that NFL free agency and the NFL draft is behind us, there’s a key question on just about everyone’s mind.

Have the Denver Broncos done enough to make themselves a playoff team?

One of the other topics of discussion, as painful as it is, in Broncos Country is whether Denver has closed the gap on the Kansas City Chiefs?

Jeff Essary and Joe Rowles asked the question: How do the Broncos stop Kansas City?

On the MHR Radio Podcast, Adam Malnati and I discussed the same question.

Denver has to score touchdowns, and that’s true whether they play the Chiefs or anyone else in the NFL. That’s also why John Elway and Vic Fangio put an emphasis on giving quarterback Drew Lock all of those new toys.

But Adam brought up a great point: Kansas City is the top of the mountain (barf). No matter the excitement over the Broncos right now, they’re nowhere near that point. So as Adam said, the focus should be on the teams in the same general area as Denver. That means the teams that qualified for the playoffs as wildcard teams (or were close).

In terms of the 2020 Broncos schedule that means:

The Tennessee Titans, Pittsburgh Steelers, New York Jets, New England Patriots, Loss Vegas Raiders and Buffalo Bills.

Before you reach the top of the mountain, you have to climb it first. Denver is on the right path but not close to the Chiefs.

I thought Denver was a playoff team before the draft, so that belief has only strengthened. To make that happen, the Broncos will have to win most of those games just mentioned.

Of course, it wouldn’t hurt to beat Kansas City for the first time since Week Two of the 2015 regular season to ensure Denver does return to the playoffs.

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