The Denver Broncos' showdown with the New England Patriots last week turned out to be every bit the let down that many expected it might be. Tim Tebow played admirably, but ultimately couldn't keep pace with one of the league's elite offenses. Still, 6-1 over seven games should not be discounted. The Broncos are a good football team, and Saturday's game against the Buffalo Bills should be, at least on paper, an easy cure for last week's lost.
Remember when the Bills were the darlings of the NFL? A 5-2 start, including a win over the Pats in Week 3, had many wondering whether they could actually compete for a division title, or at the very least a Wild Card spot. Since, they have fallen off a metaphorical cliff, losing seven straight. An offense that once looked explosive has been listless, averaging just over 14 points per game. The loss of Fred Jackson for the season coupled with Ryan Fitzpatrick's slide--he has thrown 12 interceptions to eight touchdowns during the skid--has sealed yet another postseason-less year for Buffalo.
The Broncos, meanwhile, are in the driver's seat for a division title assuming they don't collapse during the final two games of the regular season. They will need to keep winning to stave off the 7-7 San Diego Chargers and Oakland Raiders. A resurgent defense appears ready to do just that, having held five of its last nine opponents under 20 points. And of course there is Tebow, who has actually developed into a functional quarterback over the last few weeks, much to the surprise of many.
Game Date/Time: Saturday, December 24; 1:00 p.m. ET
Location: Ralph Wilson Stadium, Buffalo, NY
TV Distribution Map: The506.com
Broncos: 850 KOA, KJMN 92.1, KMXA 1090
Bills: WGRF 96.9 FM