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2012 Season Part 4
Posted By Anthony Overbay On Jul 26 2012 @ 4:00 pm In Denver Broncos | 3 Comments
With 4 games left, Denver faces 1 play off team and that team is the only one left with a winning record.
That team isn’t the Oakland Raiders who Denver faces for the 2nd time this season in week 14 on Thursday night football. I gave Denver the game back  in week 4, but not this time. The game is in Oakland, and as much as it pains me to say this, the Raiders have talent this year. Now if Mcfadden gets hurt again, then Denver has a solid chance but Mcfadden is a Bronco killer with a ton of talent. If Mcfadden is healthy, Oakland bags this one. Denver 24 Oakland 27, to drop the Broncos record to 9-4.
On the road again for the second week in a row, Denver faces the Baltimore Ravens. Denver trails the series record 3-6 and the current streak since Baltimore has won the last 2. Baltimore still has a scary defense even if their key players are getting close to the end, and Ed Reed still has contract issues who they can’t afford to lose. On offense, Ray Rice has a new contract which I’m sure Joe Flacco has to be the happiest guy on that offense about that. I have to give this game to the Ravens since it’s in Baltimore, and if you haven’t heard, Peyton Manning has never won in Baltimore. This brings Denver’s record to 9-5 with 2 games to go.
In week 16, Denver returns home for their final 2 contests, the first coming against the Cleveland Browns. Denver  dominates the overall record at 21-5 and hasn’t lost to the Browns in over 2 decades winning the last 9 match ups. Cleveland will more than likely start rookie QB Brandon Weeden and Colt Mccoy will probably be shipped out to the first team with an injury. Trent Richardson, I am intrigued with him, he looks like a monster and could be a very bright star for this struggling franchise. I still can’t see them winning this game by a long shot. I understand the Bengals had success with 2 rookie starters but Weeden doesn’t have the talent that Andy Dalton has, they have no receiver, and you can’t rely on Trent Richardson to win every game for you, he will wear down. Denver 31 Cleveland 14 to put Denver at 10-5.
The finale is luckily at home against the Kansas City Chiefs. I believe a 10 win season will be enough to lock up the AFC West for the seconds season in a row, so I can see some starters, including Peyton Manning getting a rest this game. Even though, it is at home and Denver will not lay down. I can see this being closely contested but Denver pulling it out to get momentum going into the play offs. Denver 21 Kansas City 17 finishing the season at 11-5 and a division crown.
So 11-5 is my prediction, if everyone can stay healthy which will be a challenge. I hope everyone enjoyed my 4 part article and looks forward to the start of the season as much as I do! Go Broncos!
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