Denver Broncos Can Clinch AFC West This Week
By Rich Kurtzman
DENVER (CBS4) – The Denver Broncos have been nothing short of dominant this season.
Their offense has put up an incredible 515 total points, on pace to destroy the New England Patriots 2007 NFL record of 689. Peyton Manning, the maestro of offense, has thrown a league-leading 45 touchdowns – which is on pace to break Tom Brady’s record of 50 – and four of his receivers have at least 10 scores, a new NFL record.
All that scoring has led to many blowout victories and an 11-2 record, which puts Denver in the AFC’s No. 1 seed. Of course, with three games to play, nothing is guaranteed for the Broncos seeding-wise, yet.
Both the New England Patriots (10-3) and the Kansas City Chiefs (10-3) are nipping at the Broncos heels. If Denver were to lose one game and the Patriots win out, New England would be the No. 1 seed and the road to the Super Bowl would go through Foxboro.
And if the Broncos were to lose two games, with the Chiefs winning out, Kansas City would move up to the No. 2 seed, with Denver dropping to No. 5
But the Broncos control their own destiny and could make all their AFC opponents come to the Mile High City.
With a win this Thursday night over the San Diego Chargers, coupled with a loss by the Chiefs to the Raiders in Oakland, the Broncos would clinch the AFC West and secure no less than the No. 2 seed.
Of course, coming with those top two seeds is the assurance of a bye week, which brings rest and preparation time for players’ bruised and battered bodies.
Denver versus San Diego kicks off at 6:30 p.m. Thursday night and can be seen on CBS4.
Peyton Manning nominated for FedEx Air Player of the Week
Peyton Manning has been the talk of the NFL this season.
Not only will he likely set a record for most passing touchdowns this year, but he’s the emerging favorite to win an unprecedented fifth NFL MVP.
Before that is announced, though, fans can vote for Manning as the FedEx Air Player of the Week following his 397-yard, four touchdown performance in the 51-28 win over the Tennessee Titans last Sunday. What made the production special was the fact it was so cold – 16 degrees at kickoff – and Manning has historically struggled in below-freezing games. Not the case last week.
Manning is up against Drew Brees (313 yards and four scores) of the New Orleans Saints and Josh McCown (348 yards and four TDs) of the Chicago Bears.
Manning has already won the Air Award three times this year, following Weeks 1, 3 and 13, while Brees has also won thee times.
Fans can vote for their favorite player and performance here.
Rich Kurtzman is a Denver native, Colorado State University alumnus, sports nerd, athletics enthusiast, and competition junkie. Currently writing for a multitude of websites while working on books, one on the history of the Denver Broncos and Mile High Stadium. Rich is a freelance writer covering all things NFL. His work can be found on Examiner.com.