It's that time of the year again when the Broncos play their final game of the regular season. The Broncos return home this week after their second straight lose. The Broncos are on the cusp of making the playoffs for the first time in years but they have one more task to complete. That is to beat the Chiefs to progress to the playoffs. This game has been made a bigger story by the fact that the Chiefs have come into a bit of form lately with their coaching change and that the Chiefs starting QB is Kyle "Fainting Goat" Orton who as you know was the starting QB for the first 5 games of our season. The Chiefs have gone Win, Loss, Win, Loss in their recent games, one win of course was against the Packers. Their last loss was to the Raiders last week in OT 16-13. The Chiefs are hoping to spoil our season by preventing us from getting to the playoffs. Let's not allow them to do that and get the win...onto the preview.
Why to watchBroncos waive Kyle Orton; rival Chiefs claim him. If Orton beats the Broncos, he could keep Denver and Tebow Time out of the playoffs after a miracle surge for eight weeks.
Inside storyTim Tebow has been a turnover machine during a two-game losing streak after protecting the ball incredibly well, and Denver's defense is slipping as well (Von Miller hasn't been right since his hand injury). The Chiefs are likely to attack in the run game. Tamba Hali is rushing the passer as well as anyone in the NFL in the second half of the season. We all know what Matt Prater can do kicking field goals in the altitude at Mile High. Both of these teams have seen their share of late-game field goal blocks and heroics.
Match UpsLet's start with the defense. The front seven will need to stop the Chiefs running game. The Chiefs have had a good running game in recent years and do run the ball well so we will have to tackle well. No RBs running free for big games like Spiller did last week, I am looking at you Mays time to show us something....anything.
If we can stop the run that will force Orton to pass. Champ has to do an number on Bowe again and keep him limited all day long. That means it is on our other secondary guys to not let Orton pick us apart. To prevent this Von Doom need to get after Orton and knock him over. We know that if Orton is pressured and knocked over a few times he can be forced to cause turnovers. If we put Orton on the ground we can win this game.
For the Offense they need to go to work. Willis needs to get 20 carries in this game and over 100 yards. I would also like to see Johnson get 5-10 carries in this game. I don't think we will be able to run all over the Chiefs like we did last time. So that means our WR will need to get open, create some separation and get open for Tebow. Decker, Thomas, Royal and Ninja Willis get open and hook Tebow up!
The O-line will need to push the pile to create running lanes for the backs. But their main job will be to keep Tebow up right. Hali has been in top form in recent weeks and will need to be stone walled. They will need to do this as I think Tebow will be the one that has to win this game for us.
Tebow's arm I have a feeling will be the difference in this one. I just want to see some improvement from Tebow but also that he has learned from last week and has a better performance than he had against the Bills. It's time to go to work.
PredictionThis game will be a lot close than it should be. Orton is going to give us a real fight I think and we will be pushed right to the end of the game. Maybe even over time. I am thinking a 20-17 score line with the Broncos winning it I hope....then PLAYOFFS!
Playoff ScenariosSimple if the Broncos win they are in the playoffs. If we lose then the Chargers need to win against the Raiders for us to make it into the playoffs because we will win on the tiebreakers.
Injury ReportBrian Dawkins (S), Neck, DNP
Chris Harris (CB), Neck, Limited
David Bruton (S), Achilles, Limited
Quinton Carter (S), Hip, Full
Von Miller (LB), Thumb, Full
Jackie Battle (RB), Foot, DNP, Doubtful
Jeremy Horne (WR), Illness, DNP
Denver safety Brian Dawkins is not practicing for the second straight day because of a neck injury. His chances of playing Sunday against Kansas City may be dwindling. Kansas City running back Jackie Battle did not practice for the second straight day because of a foot injury. He is doubtful to play against Denver.
Other NewsNo Matter What Happens On Sunday, The 2011 Denver Broncos Season Was A Success (MHR)
Apparently, many Americans would like to borrow cup of sugar from Tim Tebow.
According to the annual Zillow poll, the Denver Broncos’ second-year quarterback would be the most desirable celebrity neighbor. Tebow won 11 percent of the vote and beat several other celebrities including Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt and Jennifer Lopez.
Prior to Tebow, the two winners were Sandra Bullock and the Obama family. TebowMania rages on, despite a two-game losing skid.
On the other end of the spectrum, the cast of the "Jersey Shore" were votes as the least desirable celebrity neighbors.
Who would you rather share a fence with, Tebow or Snooky?
LadiesI was trying to think of Ladies from Kansas to put up here...than I thought of one :P but I settled on some KC cheerleaders.
JokesQ: If you have a car containing a Chiefs wide receiver, a Chiefs linebacker, and a Chiefs defensive back, who is driving the car?
A: The cop.
Q: What does a Kansas City Chiefs fan and a bottle of beer have in common?
A: They’re both empty from the neck up.
Happy New YearI also would like to wish everyone a happy new year.
And that is all from me, Go Broncos an Playoffs baby! ~ Aussie.