Denver Broncos Playoff Scenarios and Chances: Does a Perfect Finish Guarantee a Postseason Spot?

The Denver Broncos' playoff chances have suffered in recent weeks as a result of a couple of poor games that resulted in defeats.  

However, the fact that we are discussing the Broncos' playoff prospects in Week 16 is a testament to the amazing job they have done in turning around their 1-5 start to sit at 7-7. 

This item was originally published on Sunday, December 24 at 8:20 a.m., before to the start of Sunday's games. The results of this week's games are listed below and will be updated throughout the day. 

After losing to the Patriots in Week 16, the Broncos are now the No. 11 seed in the AFC. The Broncos were 6-5 and then 7-6, 

but 7-7 is a difficult situation in the AFC playoff standings right now. The Broncos have a 21.6% probability  

of making the playoffs and a 0.9% chance of winning the division, according to ESPN's Football Power Index (FPI). 

The picture for the AFC Wild Card is, well, wild. The Cleveland Browns are the fifth seed with a 9-5 record, the Buffalo Bills are the sixth seed with a 9-6 record,  

and the Indianapolis Colts, Houston Texans, and Jacksonville Jaguars are all 8-6. The Broncos are 7-7, half a game behind the Steelers and Bengals, both of whom are 8-7. 

Buccaneers anticipate losing a star player worth $82.5 million to the Bears.