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Broncos playing meaning football again is still exciting

And while Saturday night’s loss to Detroit sucks, the Broncos will still likely make the AFC playoffs.

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Good morning, Broncos Country!

This was not the outcome that anyone expected.

Nor is it acceptable.

But the fact the Denver Broncos are playing meaningful football again is exciting. Yes, the Broncos got humiliated by the Detroit Lions, 42-17.

Let’s not lose sight of the fact Denver is still in the AFC playoff picture. After the 1-5 start to this season and the last eight years. And this most recent loss.

It’s still exciting to have the Broncos relevant again. There will still be speed bumps. You don’t become a winner after eight years of shit overnight.

I’m still thrilled that Denver is even in this position. No one thought the Broncos would be hear after the 1-5 start.

And as I said in the 5 things we learned, I still think Denver will make the playoffs.

Yes the Broncos have to win out.

But the teams currently above them have no easy road.

The Cincinnati Bengals play the Kansas City Chiefs.

The Houston Texans are without C.J. Stroud against the Tennessee Titans and still have to play the Indianapolis Colts.

The Buffalo Bills have the Dallas Cowboys today.

The Pittsburgh Steelers are done.

So as tough as Saturday’s loss is, the playoffs are still there.

Broncos news

Lions 42-17 Broncos (Dec 16, 2023) Game Recap - ESPN
Expert recap and game analysis of the Detroit Lions vs. Denver Broncos NFL game from December 16, 2023 on ESPN.

Broncos’ playoff hopes take a hit with drubbing in Detroit
The loss dropped the Broncos’ playoff odds to 27%, according to the New York Times playoff calculator, which simulates tens of thousands of outcomes to arrive at its numbers.

Broncos fall to the Lions 42-17 |
The Denver Broncos offense only had four first downs in the first half of Saturday's game in Detroit.

NFL news

Source -- NFL fines Chiefs' Reid, Mahomes a total of $150K - ESPN
Chiefs coach Andy Reid and quarterback Patrick Mahomes have been fined a total of $150,000 by the NFL for their public criticism of game officials following last week's loss to the Bills, a source tells ESPN's Adam Schefter.

AP sources: NFL bans Eagles security chief Dom DiSandro from sideline for rest of regular season | AP News
Two people familiar with the league’s decision told The Associated Press the NFL has banned Eagles security chief Dom DiSandro from being on the sideline for the remainder of the regular season after he was ejected from a game for a scuffle with 49ers linebacker Dre Greenlaw.

Sources - Aaron Rodgers likely to be medically cleared next week - ESPN
Jets quarterback Aaron Rodgers is likely to be medically cleared to play this week upcoming, sources told ESPN.