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Broncos to face toughest test since October

6:29 PM, Dec 12, 2012   |    comments
Dec 6, 2012; Oakland, CA, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) gestures during the game against the Oakland Raiders at the O.co Coliseum. The Broncos defeated the Raiders 26-13. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-USA TODAY Sports
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Quite simply, they haven't played anyone who's all that good since the streak started.

No team the Broncos have beaten over their winning streak would be in the playoffs if they started today. Only one - Cincinnati at 7-6 - currently has a winning record.

All of which adds yet another layer of intrigue to Sunday's game at Baltimore.

Not only will the game against the Ravens (9-4) go a long way toward determining where the Broncos (10-3) land in the hunt for a first-round bye in the playoffs, it will give them a litmus test on what kind of team they are heading into January.

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