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John Vandelinder: Broncos season full of ups and downs

John Vandelinder

John Vandelinder

— As optimistic as I’d like to be regarding the home team, I have to say it’s hard to put a finger on them.

The Broncos have me confused.

Cutler threw for fewer than 200 yards in consecutive victories, but passed for more than 300 in a loss.

The running back unit has been thinned out by injuries, but some guy named Andre Hall has filled in admirably as of late, amassing 187 yards and two touchdowns on 33 carries the past two weeks.

Denver’s special teams have improved immensely since the bye of week 6.

An impressive win against Pittsburg followed, propelling the team to .500 on the season at 3-3, leaving optimism about a season on the mend.

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But, they dropped the next two contests to Green Bay and Detroit, changing my perspective to the point of envisioning draft positioning early in the year.

I was searching through the college games getting my draft board ready ahead of schedule, then the unthinkable occurred.

The Broncos rebounded once again, defeating Kansas City and Tennessee by a combined score of 61-31, pulling the team back even in the division.

Okay, maybe I was ahead of myself.

This team is still in the race, or so I thought.

Denver is playing tricks with my mind. Another heart-breaking loss last weekend at the hands of the Bears – a team with a 5-6 record that closely resembles the Broncos in mediocrity – and we are right back down below .500 once again.

But, after reviewing the schedule that remains, I’m still optimistic.

The entire AFC West is weak this season. Denver won’t have double-digit victories, but the playoffs are definitely in the picture.

The Broncos will travel to division rival Oakland this week, then host K.C. the next. Three of the teams next four games will be against its division, leaving the door wide open for a division championship.

The Chargers lead over the Broncos is a mere one game, and they will face off the day before Santa visits bringing good tidings of joy.

By the time Christmas rolls around, we should know if the Broncos will be playing deep into January.

As up and down as the season has been, the home team actually stills controls its own destiny. By simply winning three of its next four games, Denver’s got a shot.

When making out your Christmas list, be sure to include the Broncos.

Maybe good ole Saint Nick will hear.

We can use the help.