Today will suck for Saints or Cardinals

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Denver has an opportunity to lock up home field advantage throughout the playoffs today.

Their magic number is basically one-half, as a tie between the Broncos and Raiders or the Patriots and Bills would get the job done.

Of course, ties are quite infrequent in the NFL, so we probably just spent too much time considering the possibility.

Basically, Denver gets HFA with a win over Oakland, or a New England loss to Buffalo.

The Pats can also claim the #2 seed and a first-round bye with a win or tie, or by getting help elsewhere.

If Buffalo somehow pulls off the upset, then Cincy (vs Baltimore) or Indy (vs Jacksonville) could end up with the two seed, provided they win their 1pm ET games.

Miami, Baltimore, San Diego, and Pittsburgh are fighting for the #6 seed.

Over in the NFC, all four division titles are up for grabs today, along with one of the wild cards.

Sadly, there's a possibility that two single-digit win NFC squads (Dallas, Chicago, Green Bay) make the playoffs, while a 10- or 11-win team (New Orleans or Arizona) is going to be left out.

Broncos

Here are the many records Denver has already broken this season or is within reach of today.

LB Brandon Marshall calls his promotion from the practice squad his best ever Christmas present.

Mike Klis credits John Fox with getting the Broncos to play hard, but how about cutting down on the penalties?

Paul Klee thinks the loss of Von Miller might be too much for the Broncos to overcome.

Klee wants Peyton Manning to play long enough to break the single-season passing yardage mark, but that record will have a sour taste if he gets hurt. Leave him in until HFA is assured, if ever.

Gary Myers thinks a SB title this year would erase all talk of Peyton Manning as a big-game loser.

Woody Paige seems to think he pulled off a heroic journalistic feat by noting that a win today would be Denver's 450th in franchise history.

Raiders

Charles Woodson says he wants to play at least another year, and that's someone who might have come in handy for the Broncos in 2013, if they'd had an extra million or so in their budget.

Oakland's last two drafts have produced just one current starter.

Jerry McDonald thinks there's a good chance Oakland will be without either of its starting corners.

Andrew Mason discusses the Raiders' two quarterbacks.

News

Green Bay activated WR/KR Randall Cobb off short-term IR and listed him as questionable for the Packers' win-and-in game at Chicago.

Seattle WR Percy Harvin is likely headed to IR, while Detroit WR Calvin Johnson may require knee surgery.

Coaching Carousel

Houston is reportedly working toward hiring Bill O'Brien to replace Gary Kubiak. Let the Hoodie Jr, Jr talk commence. Meanwhile, it's said that PSU would pursue noted dickhead Greg Schiano if O'Brien indeed bolts.

Reports out of New Jersey suggest the Jets may keep Rex Ryan around.

Detroit is expected to clear out Jim Schwartz and his entire staff tomorrow.

It's unclear when the day that follows the end of the regular season came to be known as Black Monday.

Analysis

Greg Cosell discusses 24-year old Cam Newton's big throws at the end of Carolina's win over New Orleans.

Joel Corry includes Knowshon Moreno and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie among his list of Pro Bowl snubs.

Maths

Chase Stuart previews the day's biggest games and makes another appearance on the ANS Podcast.

Brian Burke has set up a live playoff probability ticker for today, and he discusses the gambling nature of Tony Romo and other QBs.

Doug is IAOFM’s resident newsman and spelling czar. Follow him on Twitter @IAOFM

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