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.