The Denver Broncos remain mathematically alive in the NFL playoff picture, but their chances took a potentially fatal blow in Week 16. The Broncos struggled against a woeful Patriots squad and lost 26-23 on a last-second field goal. Denver was first on the board to take a 7-0 lead, but then gave up 23 unanswered points en route to the loss.
Denver remains in 11th place in the AFC standings, but they’re a full game back of four different teams tied for the final playoff berth.
Denver Broncos current odds
They should win both games. Both teams are playing out the string and are struggling. They each could eliminate Denver from playoff contention, so that offers some extra oomph, but both teams stink.
Final record prediction: 9-8
AFC playoff picture
They will not make the playoffs. They lost the head-to-head tiebreaker to Houston and the remaining teams are a notch ahead of them in the conference record tiebreaker. Even with two wins, it likely won’t be enough to overcome the four teams in front of them.