Good morning, Broncos Country.
The Denver Broncos didn’t make the playoffs this season which comes as a disappointment to many. Even so, they are 8-8 heading into their season finale against the Las Vegas Raiders. A win would secure the franchise’s first winning season since 2016. Furthermore, a victory would give them their first win against the Raiders since 2019.
This game might not mean a whole lot in the grand scheme of things, but for the players and coaches in that locker room ending the season on a high note is certainly a priority. There aren’t many players on the roster who have experienced a win against their biggest rival since coming into the league. A win against the Raiders would help set the tone entering the offseason and be a step toward fostering the winning culture that Sean Payton has spoken about repeatedly.
“I think it’s extremely important because it’s our last opportunity with this team, and getting to that ninth win means something,” stated Payton after their victory against the Los Angeles Chargers.
I agree whole-heartedly with Coach Payton. While a loss and some favorable outcomes in other games could land the Broncos a higher draft selection, I want to see them take care of business and come out with a big win on the road to end the season. It makes no sense to lament early season losses and what could have been. The past is already etched in stone. There is no changing that.
All that matters is beating the Raiders this Sunday and ending the season on a high note. It’s an opportunity for every player to show what they can bring to the table for the 2024 season. It’s a chance at working towards something better. The Broncos might have a way to go before they are a championship caliber squad, but defeating the Raiders on the road will give them some much needed confidence heading into an offseason that will certainly be full of activity—and one filled with a lot of change.
Nobody here wants to see the Broncos go winless against their archnemesis. It’s already been 1,465 days since that last happened. I’m excited to see the Broncos end the season by defeating the Raiders and closing their chapter on a multi-year losing streak against. Who is with me?
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Broncos News & Tidbits
Denver Broncos at Las Vegas Raiders: Game predictions, picks, odds
Predictions and picks for the 2023 NFL Week 18 matchup between the Las Vegas Raiders and Denver Broncos.
Denver Broncos Foundation contributes more than $5 million in financial and in-kind support to local nonprofits in 2023
The DBF made quite an impact in 2023 with their donations.
NFL Rumors: Russell Wilson Likely Wouldn't Do Broncos 'Any Favors,' Approve Trade
As the Denver Broncos figure out their options with Russell Wilson heading into the offseason, one thing that may not be on the table is a trade. Per ESPN's…
Broncos Roundtable: Can Jarrett Stidham win 2024 starting QB job?
Jarrett Stidham is making his second start for the Broncos after beating the Los Angeles Chargers. So, what's a guy gotta do to win the 2024 starting job around here?
Russell Wilson financial fallout Denver Broncos offensive line
The Denver Broncos had the NFL's 4th-highest-paid offensive line in 2023.
Mile High Morning: Five single-season statistical milestones to watch for in the Broncos’ Week 18 finale
These five Broncos players could finish off their standout seasons in historic fashion.
NFL News & Tidbits
NFL RB Index, Week 18: Three teams whose 2024 starting RB isn't on the current roster
Has Tony Pollard done enough to stay in Dallas next season? Maurice Jones-Drew spotlights three teams who will be looking for a new primary RB in 2024. Plus, an updated look at his top 15 RB rankings.
Who will win Super Bowl LVIII? Ranking 9 most likely NFL champions as 2023 regular season winds down
As the 2023 NFL regular season comes to a close, it's time to start thinking about how the playoffs could transpire -- and specifically, who will win Super Bowl LVIII? Adam Schein ranks the nine most likely teams to lift the Lombardi Trophy next month in
Rams to start QB Carson Wentz in regular-season finale with playoff berth secured
The Los Angeles Rams will start Carson Wentz on Sunday against the San Francisco 49ers, NFL Network Insider Mike Garafolo reported Wednesday, per sources informed of the situation.
Firefighters put out large fire at home of Miami Dolphins receiver Tyreek Hill
Miami Dolphins receiver Tyreek Hill and his family are safe after fire rescue crews responded to a large fire at his South Florida home Wednesday afternoon.
A.J. Brown says Eagles' issues are not with coaches: 'Coaches play zero snaps this year'
Eagles wide receiver A.J. Brown addressed the media on Wednesday and said that recent issues are not due to the Philadelphia coaching staff, while adding that he believes the team is close to righting the ship.
NFL Power Rankings, Week 18: Cowboys replace Eagles in top five; Dolphins slip as playoffs loom
Heading into the final week of the 2023 regular season, things are looking good for the Cowboys. The Eagles, on the other hand ... With the playoffs on the horizon, see how Eric Edholm arranges the NFL hierarchy from 1 to 32.