BRON­COS

The Denver Post - - SPORTS -

AFC play­off pic­ture, the Bron­cos’ slim chance of mak­ing it to the post­sea­son is con­tin­gent on win­ning out and get­ting help from other teams in the con­fer­ence.

Should Mi­ami win at Buf­falo on Satur­day, the Bron­cos have to win Sun­day and again on New Year’s Day against Oak­land to re­tain any hope of mak­ing it to the play­offs.

Should Mi­ami win Satur­day and the Bron­cos lose at Kansas City, Den­ver will be elim­i­nated.

Since 2010, the Bron­cos haven’t lost a game at Ar­row­head Stadium, no­to­ri­ously one of the NFL’s most dif­fi­cult sta­di­ums for vis­it­ing teams. The tem­per­a­ture at kick­off Sun­day night is ex­pected to be about 55 de­grees, but there is an 80 per­cent chance of rain and gusts could reach 20 miles per hour.

To pre­pare, the Bron­cos have sprayed water on foot­balls dur­ing prac­tice this week and blasted crowd noise and the “Tom­a­hawk Chop.”

But the loss of two de­fen­sive starters and their top tight end tar­gets just made the Bron­cos’ path to the play­offs even more dif­fi­cult.

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