The Denver Broncos did the opposite of what needed to be done to keep their hopes alive for the post-season. Fortunately for Denver, the hope still remains with the help of a familiar rival. Denver traveled to Tennessee to face the Titans, a team that has been on the up and up the second half of the regular season. The Titans have now won seven games and with their win over Denver they are now one game above .500. The Denver Broncos however, have now lost five games and with the AFC West being the most competitive division in football, the Broncos are hanging onto a small glimmer of hope for making the playoffs.
Denverís hope for the playoffs is alive because of one of Denverís most hated AFC foes, the New England Patriots. Some might say that Denverís hope of making the playoffs is ďfalse hopeĒ, being that Denver will be facing the Patriots this weekend in Denver. The Patriots have been the dominating AFC dynasty under coach Bill Belichick and Denver has been New Englandís adversary--the reason for New Englandís decline in Super Bowl appearances. With Denverís loss to the Tennessee Titans the Broncos are in dire straits and in need of a definitive win over the Patriots.
This Sunday will mark the 51st meeting between the franchises, with the Denver Broncos leading the series 29 to 21. Although these teams have been two of the top AFC teams over the last two decades, the remaining AFC teams in the league have been quietly positioning themselves to dethrone both juggernauts and pave way for a new era of dynasties. Two of those teams come from the AFC West with the Kansas City Chiefs and the Oakland (soon to be Las Vegas) Raiders. The Raiders havenít been much of a threat to the AFC, while the Chiefs have had some success, it certainly hasnít been noteworthy. Now the two young franchises are poised to push their way into the playoffs in hopes of erasing the last five years of Denver dominance in the AFC West.
Denver is set to host the Patriots this Sunday at Mile High Stadium at 2:25 PM MST. Denver will then travel to Kansas City to face the Chiefs on December 25th, and return home to host the Raiders on January 1st. Christmas Day and New Yearís Day may both come with added celebration for Denver fans.