Race for the Wildcard

The math may be simple, but the possibility of a wildcard playoff berth for the Denver Broncos is considerably more complicated than merely winning their final three-games.

The math may be simple, but the possibility of a wildcard playoff berth for the Denver Broncos is considerably more complicated than merely winning their final three-games.

In order to qualify for the post-season, the Broncos need the New England Patriots to lose one of their remaining games or the New York Jets to lose two of their four remaining games.

It gets worse.

At 8-5, the Patriots coast throughout their final three games, facing Buffalo (2-10), hosting Miami (9-3), and finishing out the regular season on the road against Carolina (1-12).

The Jets, who stand at 7-5, have four games remaining on their schedule, hosting Cincinnati (4-8), playing at Indianapolis (4-8), returning home for Buffalo (2-10), and finishing out the regular season against the Oakland Raiders (9-3).

Add to the fact that even if Denver does win its final three, which is highly unlikely, the Broncos would still need Cleveland (6-6) and Seattle (6-6) to lose at least one game.

IN GUS WE TRUST:

Brian Griese , still groggy after suffering his first concussion, is officially out as the starting quarterback for Sunday's game against the Kansas City Chiefs. On Thursday, Shanahan named Gus Frerotte as his starter, in part to give Griese another week to recover from the effects of the concussion he suffered in last week's 20-7 win over Seattle.

Should Frerotte struggle or suffer injury, Shanahan has made it ckear that Griese is number two, ahead of Jarious Jackson.

"If he's ready to go and there's no setback, I'd love to have Brian as No. 2, one play away from being the starter," Shanahan said.

With Frerotte set as the starter, it provides ample opportunity for the thirty-year old quarterback to extract a little revenge on last season's 20-7 loss.

"He has had a great week of practice," Shanahan said about Frerotte, who has taken all the snaps with the first-team offense this week. "His preparation has been good, and I'm sure he's looking forward to the opportunity."

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