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Which Broncos foe would be the sweetest to beat: Lock, McDaniels or Mahomes?

It’s a brutal schedule for what should have been an easy last-place slate for the Broncos. It’s bad luck that the NFC division in the rotation this year is the West, by far the best in this conference. Russell Wilson is going to have to get back in shape for Denver to make the playoffs.

— Scott, head > heart

Kiz: Reading the menu of Broncos games has me salivating with sweet anticipation. There are so many matchups against guys we love to hate. Drew Lock in Seattle. Josh McDaniels with the Raiders. Mahomes and the Chiefs. Let me ask you: which of these guys would you most like to beat? (Do mine Mahomes.) And which one would give Broncos Country the hardest time in defeat? (If Lock defeats Wilson in the season opener, all Colorado workplaces could be forced to close for a day of mourning.)

I would love to go to Kansas City to see the Broncos play on New Year’s Day. It’s probably a loss, but it would be amazing to see Wilson beat Mahomes at home. BTW: Denver will make the playoffs.

— Heyooo, born ready

Kiz: Do you know what would be sweet? Open your Denver Post on Jan. 1 and see the Broncos ahead of KC in the AFC West standings.

Yes, there’s a chance St. Louis will upset the Avs. Jared Bednar’s inability to drag them out of the second round and a guy named Ryan O’Reilly doesn’t make me feel good about making it out of the second round. Again.

— KM, classic rocker

Kiz: Matt Duchene went down without a real fight against the Avs in the first round. O’Reilly will scratch, claw and fight for every inch of ice this round. Can you guess which player I liked the most when he wore a Colorado jersey?

Stop covering hockey, Kiz. You are a hack. You clearly haven’t been watching the Avs all season for calling the Predators the peaky blinders. Goaltender Darcy Kuemper’s stick to the eye was an accident. Don’t pretend to know what you’re talking about. Stick to football.

— Justin, hockey bouncer

Kiz: Since 1996, there aren’t five reporters in Colorado who have covered more Avalanche playoff games in person than yours. And every year angry fans tell me I don’t know anything about hockey. It makes me smile.

I decided the Rockies needed to see a hypnotist so they thought they were playing all their games at home. Maybe a psychiatrist too. Good idea?

— Betty, fan since 1993

Kiz: What the Rockies need to do is split off from western Newfoundland and find a place to strike. Maybe their offense would play better on the road against the El Paso Chihuahuas and the Pacific Coast League’s Sugar Land Space Cowboys.

And today’s parting shot is a tribute to the Rockies getting a head start on their summer chores by starting the annual June swoon a month earlier than expected.

Bud Black is Mr. .480 Winning Percentage over 2,000 games in his managerial tenure. Set it and forget it. The Rockies are a beer and hot dog team to hang out with for five innings on a summer night.

— Chad, Denver

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