AFC Power Rankings Week 17: Steelers fall, Pats stay at No. 1

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10-4. Denver Broncos. 5. player. 45. <p>Losers of their last two, the Broncos had better watch out. They have yet to actually claim a playoff spot, and their arrowhead divisional rivals are hot on their tail for the AFC West lead (and actually rank three notches above the Broncos, as you will read about later in this slideshow). So yeah, tonight’s game against Cincy is a must-win.</p> <p>Brock Osweiler isn’t going to be able to do it alone tonight. He’s going to need help from a defense that has been outstanding for the most part this season, but has suffered some hiccups in the current losing streak. An Aqib Talib pick six, or a Von Miller strip-sack, could go a long way toward the Broncos re-asserting themselves in the AFC landscape.</p> <p>After tonight’s game, the Broncos close out the year at home against a Chargers team that has been playing slightly better football as of late.</p>. AFC West

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