If the No. 4 seed Denver Broncos beat visiting No. 5 seed Pittsburgh in a wild-card game Sunday, the Broncos will travel to No. 1 seed New England next Saturday. That potential matchup was set when No. 3 seed Houston beat No. 6 seed Cincinnati on Saturday.
Pittsburgh is a heavy favorite to beat Denver, which has lost three straight games. New England won in Week 15 in Denver, 41-23, in a game the Patriots came back from a nine-point deficit because Denver committed three fumbles in its territory in the second quarter.
In other AFC West news:
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports Eliot Wolf will stay with the Packers. There was talk that Wolf could join new Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie in Oakland. Here’s another name to keep in mind if McKenzie fires Hue Jackson to hire his own coach: Green Bay offensive coordinator Joe Philbin, who could join Green Bay assistant Winston Moss as a candidate in Oakland if McKenzie makes that move. Philbin has interviewed with Kansas City and Miami.
With Romeo Crennel expected to become the permanent coach in Kansas City, NFL.com reports the Chiefs want to bring in a premier offensive coordinator to pair with the defensive-minded Crennel.