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Audibles: AFC West Week 14 preview

12/5/2008

Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson
Kansas City Chiefs (2-10) at Denver Broncos (7-5), 4:05 p.m. ET

The Broncos are looking for consistency.

That is all this team wants right now. Even if they aren't consistent, the odds are the Broncos will win their first AFC West division title in three years. They are 7-5 and San Diego is 4-8. Denver's magic number to win the division is two. Unless it has a total breakdown and San Diego, which has lost five of its past six games, totally puts it together, Denver will win this division.

But the Broncos don't want to simply win the division. They want to be a threat in the playoffs. But they have to be consistent to be a threat. That has been an issue for Denver all season.

While the Broncos have plenty of impressive victories, they also have inexcusable defeats.
The past two weeks are perfect examples of Denver's inconsistent performances this season. On Nov. 23, Denver was punched in the mouth by the visiting Oakland. The Raiders stunned the Broncos, 31-10.

What did Denver do to follow up that mess? It blew out the New York Jets, who entered the game fresh off wins at New England and Tennessee, on the road.

So what kind of team is Denver as it heads into a home game against the Chiefs? We'll find out. It wouldn't be a surprise to see Denver struggle this week. It lost to the Chiefs in September and the Broncos have lost three straight home games.

All we know about Denver right now is that it is capable of both impressive wins and silly losses. As December football begins, the Broncos must find a way to be consistent.