Ahead of Sunday’s AFC Championship game between the Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos at University of Phoenix Stadium, the NFL playoff rankings are looking pretty bleak.
The Seahawks (3-1) are the clear favorites with a 4-0 record, while the Broncos (2-2) are also on the bubble.
But while Seattle has won three of four against the Broncos, they’ve only won once in the last three games.
Seattle has had a solid start to the season, as quarterback Russell Wilson has started each of his last three starts, with the lone loss coming at home to the New Orleans Saints.
However, the Seahawks defense has been a mixed bag.
The unit has allowed an average of 2.2 yards per carry this season and has allowed only six rushing touchdowns.
But the defense has allowed six rushing scores in the first three games, which is a sign of improvement.
The defense has also given up 10 rushing touchdowns on the season.
The team is averaging 21 points per game, which ranks fourth in the NFL.
But that figure is still below the league average of 24.5 points per contest.
On offense, the Broncos are averaging 32.5 yards per game and are averaging an NFL-best 5.6 yards per rush.
The running game is averaging over 30 yards per drive, which means the Seahawks can afford to allow the team to throw a lot.
This is something that the Seahawks haven’t done often.
Seattle is allowing 3.7 yards per attempt this season, and it’s the most they’ve allowed in a game since 2011 when they allowed 3.6 per game.
The Broncos, on the other hand, are allowing 3 yards per completion, the second-most in the league behind only the Atlanta Falcons.
They’re also averaging an impressive 5.0 yards per punt return.
But in all, the game looks very different from the game against the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship.
While the Broncos offense has been able to score on the ground, the run game has been poor.
The run defense has not allowed more than 20 rushing yards in any game this season.
And while the run defense is still allowing the most rushing yards per play in the NFC, it’s not the dominant unit it was in 2014.
The Rams have been able.
The Chargers, meanwhile, are able to run the ball effectively, but are allowing over 100 rushing yards a game.
While both teams are allowing the second most rushing touchdowns, the Chargers have allowed the fewest rushing touchdowns to the opposing team this season (12).
In other words, while both teams have struggled on offense, they’re still a tough out for each other.
The fact that the Broncos and Seahawks are playing on Sunday gives Denver a chance to win this game.
With only a few weeks remaining before the start of the regular season, Denver is likely to make the playoffs.
Seattle, on a five-game winning streak, is a team that’s going to be tough to stop.
However a win Sunday against the San Diego Chargers would mean that Seattle has a realistic shot at the playoffs and the Super Bowl.
But for now, the team will have to wait and see if the Broncos can get better play against Denver.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.