How Broncos can clinch playoff spot

December, 20, 2011
12/20/11
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The Denver Broncos are the only team in the AFC West -- the only division in the NFL where all four teams can still win the division -- that can clinch a playoff berth in Week 16.

According to ESPN Stats & Information, Denver can win both the AFC West and clinch a wild-card spot Saturday. Of course, it won’t be easy. To win the division in Week 16, Denver must win at Buffalo, Oakland has to lose or tie at Kansas City.

For Denver to clinch a wild-card spot, it must win at Buffalo, the Jets have to lose to the Giants, Cincinnati has to lose at home to Arizona and Tennessee has to lose at home to Jacksonville.

Whether it happens or not, Denver appears to be in good shape. ESPN’s playoff predictor, an Insider piece, indicated Denver has a 69.6 percent chance of making the playoffs.

Bill Williamson | email

ESPN Oakland Raiders reporter

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