Pop quiz! When Den lost on Thurs, then the Pats AND Cincy lost on the following Sunday, all forfeited a golden opportunity to strengthen their playoff spots. THe question is, what ELSE did all 3 teams share in common aside from the loss?
They all lost, as favorites, to divisional opponents.
People CONSTANTLY underestimate the grind and fight divisional games often are.
Now, a few points to consider when looking at Oak/Den:
-No Von Miller, the heart and mind of that D. The athletic cornerstone. Gone.
-Terrell Pryor gets the start! He's been on the sideline for 5 weeks. Do I think he's a great QB? Nope. Good? Probably a stretch. He is, however, different from what Oakland has put on film for 5 weeks, and he's an athletic QB. When Denver just lost their most impactful and athletic defender.
People have openly wondered if Oakland can "pull off a miracle". I wouldn't see it that way. I expect this to be a very close game. Denver has 3 losses, all by 7 or less, Peyton has a late pick in each of those losses.
Oakland would LOVE to be the reason Denver loses the top seed, and would end another miserable season for them on somewhat of a high note.