Deck Stacked Against Denver

In the midst of some crazy Wild Card scenarios in the AFC are the Denver Broncos and their 10 different options for making the playoffs.  But according to one of the biggest names in gambling, there is zero chance for the Broncos.

Jay Kornegay, executive director of the Las Vegas Hilton sports book, the largest in the world, was asked Monday what he thought of the Broncos’ chances. His response?

“Next on the tee, the Marshall group.”

OK, so it’s not that bad.  But it’s bad.

Vegas sports books don’t post odds on such things, but Kornegay, a Denver native and lifelong Broncos fan, would put them at 30-1.  Why?  Because he doesn’t believe the Jets, who play Cincinnati, or the Ravens, who play Oakland, will lose with their seasons hanging in the balance.

“A Jets loss is highly unlikely because the Bengals are playing their B team,” Kornegay said.  “I’d rather see them playing a team already out of the playoffs and looking for a last hurrah.  I’d rather have them playing the Rams because the Bengals are just going to go through the motions.”

Anytime you start needing four or more teams to lose for you to back into the playoffs you know it’s highly unlikely.

At least Denver should feel confident about being able to take care of the Chiefs, because a win automatically narrows down their scenarios to the five realistic ones.  In each of those they would only need help from two teams.

The Jets are key to any Denver playoff plan and they have looked anything but impressive this year.  And as you may have heard once or twice on SportsCenter this week, the only reason they took out the Colts Sunday was because Peyton Manning & Co. were sitting on the bench for most of the second half.

Obviously believing that the Raiders — even with their handful of impressive wins — will take out a playing-for-their-season Baltimore Ravens team is a bit more of a stretch.

This will be quite the test for Josh McDaniels because both the Steelers and Texans are playing early and those teams are involved with 4 of their 5 “win” scenarios.  As more and more scenarios come off the board it could tell a lot about McDaniels hold on his team if they continue to unravel or if they still make destroying the Chiefs their No. 1 priority.

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