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The Denver Broncos play the Houston Texans on Sunday in a game that all but the most faithful of Texans fans will already penciled in as a big Broncos win. Over the last three months the Texans have been plain terrible, where as the Broncos have been the most exciting team in the NFL. The game will start at 1 p.m. ET and can be watched online through free live stream (details below).
The Broncos come into this game with still a lot of work to do. They are 11-3 but are still far from confirmed as being the AFC West division champions. Recent results have seen the Broncos fall to 11-3, which is only tied with the Kansas City Chiefs who are also on 11-3.
Going into the final two weeks of the regular season, the Chiefs will be hoping that the Broncos can slip up one final time and allow them to leapfrog them into the top spot in the division. However, if both teams win out the season then the Broncos will win the division on the tiebreaker and will also take no. 1 seed in the AFC Conference for the playoffs.
The difference between winning the AFC West and coming second could make all the difference going into the postseason. Even though the Broncos and Chiefs are both on 11-3, at the moment the Broncos would take top seeding in the playoffs, where as the Chiefs would be dropped way back to 5th seeds.
The Broncos really should have sealed up the division by now. However, over the past four weeks they have hit some spotty form; losing two of their last four games. In Week 12 they lose 31-34 to the New England Patriots, and even though they scored 86 points over the following to weeks where they recorded wins against the Titans and Chiefs, they suffered another surprise defeat to the San Diego Chargers last week in a 20-27 game.
They now have to travel to Houston before going on the road again to Oakland in the final week of the season.
Ordinarily most teams wouldn't enjoy a trip to Houston needing a in the final two weeks of the regular season. However, the Texans have been horrendous this season. Following their 2-0 start to the season they have now lost 12 consecutive games to leave them 2-12 and the worst team in the NFL.
They could easily finish the season 2-14 as they face the Broncos today and then go on the road to face the Tennessee Titans in the last week of the season. You sense most Texans fans cannot wait for the season and the punishment to be over.
The Broncos against the Texans will start at 1 p.m. ET and can be watched on TV on the CBS network or online through free live stream by clicking here.