As arguably the hottest team in the NFL coming into Week 17, the Denver Broncos will cruise into the playoffs having wrapped up the AFC West division title a few weeks back and set to clinch a high seed in the AFC following the regular-season finale against the Kansas City Chiefs.
Although this game against the Chiefs was thought to be one for the backups and second unit to shine, the Broncos’ coaching staff is treating this game like any other before it as a win is needed over Kansas City to clinch one of the top two seeds in the conference.
With a win over the Chiefs on Sunday in Denver, the Broncos will secure a first-round bye in the playoffs. With a win and a loss by the Houston Texans this weekend, Denver will get a first-round bye and secure home-field advantage throughout the postseason.
Peyton Manning and company have a lot to play for in their regular-season finale and intend on playing their NFL MVP candidate the entire game to help the team’s chances of coming out with the win according to the Denver Post:
With the Broncos needing to win Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs to clinch the AFC’s No. 2 playoff seed while maintaining a chance for the No. 1 seed, Manning is expected to play the entire game.
The rookie Osweiler might get his third consecutive chance for the kneeldown in the “victory formation.” But the Broncos aren’t about to presume victory is theirs.
The Chiefs come into this matchup with the Broncos having won only two games on the season. Although talented on the defensive side of the football and having one of the best running backs in the NFL in Jamaal Charles, the Chiefs simply weren’t able to get the job done this season with a glaring problem at the quarterback position and lack of consistently good play.
John Fox’s squad should come out with the win in this divisional matchup at Invesco Field at Mile High, but the Chiefs can’t be underestimated as they’ve given some of the best teams in the league a run for their money this season.