After back-to-back impressive wins, the Denver Broncos' once slim playoff hopes now become a potential reality.
A few weeks ago, I wrote about the Broncos' 2018 season and how it seemed to have already practically come to an end. The offense looked bland and similar to previous years; the defense seemed unmotivated and was performing accordingly; head coach, Vance Joseph, had a good chance of being fired mid-season; playoffs expectations were all but a dream.
Boy, was I wrong.
Since their bye week, the Broncos have gone 2-0, defeating two of the top teams in their conference. This team looks completely different from the one we saw on November 4 against the Houston Texans.
Phillip Lindsay continues to be ranked as a top five running back in the league, while quarterback Case Keenum is finally clicking with the offense. The defense is once again creating havoc and turnovers like the Orange Crush defense we all knew and loved. Special teams are making game-changing plays and the players seem to be playing hard for coach Vance Joseph, especially with his job possibly being on the line during these past few weeks.
The Broncos currently sit just one game out of the playoff race (their record is 5-6.) Unfortunately, the Broncos don't have any "tiebreaker scenarios" working in their favor that could be anticipated for the final week of the season. However, the remainder of this season's schedule is in the Broncos' favor. Four out of their last five games will be against teams with an equal or worse record.
Also, arguably the two most challenging of the five remaining games (Los Angles Chargers and Cleveland Browns) will be played here in the Mile High City. On last Sunday's telecast, Tony Romo said it best when he suggested that, in addition to some outside help, the Broncos would have to go 4-1 in these last five games to reach an overall record of 9-7. (A 9-7 record "should" get them into the playoffs.)
As Denver Broncos fans, we have to appreciate the fight we've seen in this team over the past few weeks; they could have very well given-up and called it a season, like we saw happen last year. Instead, they've competed and fought their way back into the playoff conversation. Each game is a must-win for the Broncos, and that begins this Sunday in Cincinnati against the Bengals. The Broncos will look to make this their third win in a row and continue to keep this positive energy rolling; not only impacting the players, but all of us Broncos fans as well.
What do you think? Do you think the Broncos have a chance of making the playoffs? Or will their brief winning streak come to an end on Sunday? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below.