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NFL schedule 2012: Denver faces Baltimore in Week 15 with eye on playoffs

Having clinched the AFC West, where Denver feels the impact of their wins and losses will be in the playoffs.

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As the 2012 NFL schedule approaches Week 15, the Denver Broncos have already clinched the AFC West. At 10-3, they also have the second best record in the conference, putting them in a good position to play for a first-round bye.

Denver's Week 14 matchup is the AFC North-leading Baltimore Ravens, which gives them an opportunity to both get a win and make sure the seeding shakes out in their favor. History is in Peyton Manning's favor in the matchup. He faced the Ravens 10 times while with the Colts, winning eight of the matchups.

Another Week 15 game that might impact Denver's playoff setup is the Houston Texans vs. the Indianapolis Colts. The Texans hold the best record in the AFC, but a surprise from Andrew Luck could help Denver gain some ground.

Week 15's Monday night game may also matter to Denver. The New England Patriots take on the San Francisco 49ers. That's sure to be a scrap, and Denver fans have to like San Francisco's chances to put another mark in 9-3 New England's loss column.