Kiszla: Teddy Bridgewater is lame-duck quarterback. All Broncos ask before he goes: Earn a playoff berth.


Can a lame-duck quarterback lead Denver to the NFL playoffs?

Broncos Country is ready to wave goodbye to Teddy Bridgewater. But before he goes, could he find a way to sneak the team into the Super Bowl tournament?

How many games does he think Denver needs to win to make the playoffs?

“All of them,” Bridgewater said Wednesday.

Don’t know about you, but the relationship between Bridgewater and this football-crazy city seems a bit awkward to me.

These Broncos aren’t always easy to love, unless you don’t mind living with the constant threat of heartbreak. But after 10 games of this crazy season, where league-wide parity has made an absolute mockery of anything approaching reliable predictability, we can say two things for certain about the Broncos.

No. 1: The Denver offense, averaging 20 points per game, stinks worse than the backyard of the pothead on your street who wakes and bakes every morning.

No. 2: With a 5-5 record, the Broncos remain firmly in the playoff hunt, with five of their remaining seven games against foes from the AFC West, beginning with a showdown at home on Sunday against the Los Angeles Chargers.

“Being division-heavy, I love it,” safety Justin Simmons said. “When it comes down to it, you want all chips on the line every game, for the chance of making the playoffs or being first in the division.”

All the Broncos ask of their lame-duck quarterback is for him to be better than Justin Herbert, Patrick Mahomes and Derek Carr. Seems like a tall task, doesn’t it?

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“Carr, Herbert and Mahomes,” Simmons said. “I’m biased, because I’m in the division. But they’re always playing at a high level.”

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While we’ll leave the bookmaking to the wise guys in Las Vegas, Bridgewater figures to enter all five matchups against his divisional rivals as an underdog.

So after 10 games, the biggest question facing the Broncos is the same one we’ve heard since before Bridgewater took the starting job from Drew Lock way back at training camp: Is there any way Denver can win a playoff berth out of the AFC West if the team has the …read more

Source:: The Denver Post – Sports


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