Broncos Playoff Standings: 2021 Week 15

Week 14 went mostly well for the Broncos. They got an impressive win–and honored a fallen old friend well in the process–and while it got nailbiting in some cases, they got some help from other teams across the league.

And yet…they are still 10th in line for a seven team AFC playoff field. Most playoff odds sites peg them at only around 20%. But just as it was expected that this would not change over a loss to the Chiefs, it was also expected that this would not change much over a win to the Lions. Their fate, for better or worse, is far from determined.

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Broncos Playoff Standings: 2021 Week 14

Well, hardly anything went the Broncos’ way last week. Obviously, Denver losing was not good, even if it was the game they were most likely to lose. But aggravating factors is that most (but thankfully, not all!) of their direct competitors for the playoffs also won. This tumbled the Broncos all the way down to 12th in AFC playoff rankings.

But do not give up all hope yet, the road to the playoffs is far from over. Let’s see what needs to happen next, and who to root for.

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Broncos Playoff Standings: 2021 Week 13

It’s been inexcusably too long since the opportunity to bring back this project with viability has come. And yet, here are the Broncos at 6-5, with the same record as the current #7 that they just defeated, and only one game out of first place in the AFC West. It is indeed viable to talk about where the Broncos are in the AFC playoff race.

But for those of you that are more pessimistic about the Broncos’ playoff hopes, unfortunately I would say that projections that only have Denver’s chances in the high 20s–like Football Outsiders or FiveThirtyEight–are likely accurate. Let’s break down the challenges the Broncos face ahead.

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