Originally posted on BroncoTalk  |  Last updated 12/18/12

CHARLOTTE, NC - NOVEMBER 07: Head coach John Fox of the Carolina Panthers reacts to a call during their game against the New Orleans Saints at Bank of America Stadium on November 7, 2010 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
As the chart from NFL.com shows, the Denver Broncos would be the No. 2 seed in the AFC Playoff race if the season ended today. “Right now, I know we can control our own destiny, but if we don’t play our best game against Cleveland this week, that will be all for naught,” Coach John Fox said on Monday.  ”So all our focus will be on the Cleveland Browns, a team that’s won three out of four games, plus-7 in the turnover margin, beat two teams that are in the hunt on the AFC side for the playoffs.” In Week 16, the Broncos can officially wrap up a first round bye. Broncos’ playoff scenario for this week:Can clinch a first-round bye with: 1. Win + NE loss or tie / 2. Tie + NE loss — Patrick Smyth (@psmyth12) December 18, 2012 Meanwhile, the Texans have the Vikings (8-6) and Colts (9-5) remaining on their schedule.  Although unlikely, the Broncos could claim the No. 1 seed if Houston lost both of their remaining games and Denver won out. If the Texans fall to the Colts and Denver wins out, the Broncos would have a better division record, but the Broncos would have to win both of their remaining games to match Houston’s 10-1 conference record.  To put it simply, root against the Patriots and Texans this week and the week following. After playing in the divisional round with an 8-8 record a season ago, the Broncos now have the possibility of a first round bye.  Our ‘Thank You’ notes to Peyton Manning are in the mail.  Follow @JonHeath_DEN
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