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Saturday, December 24, 2011
Wrap-up: Bills 40, Broncos 14

By Bill Williamson


A look at an AFC West-tightening game in Buffalo, with the Bills winning 40-14.

What it means: The Broncos made their life a little tougher as they fell to 8-7. Still, the Broncos control their own destiny. They can win the AFC West title with a win against the Chiefs at home next week. What is most alarming is how lopsided the loss was. The Broncos have not played well in the past two games, losing to New England and Buffalo by a combined 44 points.

Streak buster: The victory snapped Buffalo's seven-game losing streak. It also snapped a five-game road winning streak for Denver.

Got Buffaloed again: In Week 16 in 2008, Buffalo beat Denver to keep the Broncos from clinching a playoff spot. Denver ended up out of the playoffs. Could a Buffalo win over Denver in Week 16 help knock the Broncos out of the postseason again?

Terrible day for Tim Tebow: The beauty of Tebow has been his lack of turnovers. That changed at Buffalo. Tebow threw four interceptions. Two of the picks were brought back for touchdowns 19 seconds apart. Tebow took a big step back this week after taking a step forward last week.

Denver’s D was decent: Despite giving up 40 points, Denver’s defense only gave up one touchdown. In addition to the two defensive scores, Buffalo had a punt return for a score. Denver’s defense gave up four field goals. Denver has allowed 81 points in the past two games, but most of the problems have not been defense-related.

What’s next: Again, Denver still controls its own destiny. It will win the AFC West with a win against the visiting Chiefs next Sunday.