The Denver Broncos head out of friendly Denver and into tight-fisted Tennessee for their first road game of the 2011 season. The Broncos pulled off the big win last season in Nashville, but that was the only road game in which they came out on top.
The key to winning on the road is being okay with your home fans not being in attendance.
“Be your own cheerleaders, be everything you need on the road for one another,” Brian Dawkins said when asked how the team will be motivated.
It’s not easy to win on the road in the NFL, but there are some teams that are better at it than others. So what makes a good road team?
“Mindset, mental toughness,” John Fox said. “Going into a hostile environment takes special toughness to do.”
The Broncos must hold stronger than average defensively.
“Focus. You have to look at it as an absolute business trip,” Dawkins said. “The details of what you are supposed to do on the road have to be in place. Defensively, not giving up big plays, especially early to get their crowd in the game.”
Limiting turnovers and penalties is also key to a road win. It’s those mental mistakes that are difficult to get back on the road.
The Titans turnover difference is 2. The Broncos is -4.
The Broncos are tied for 2nd with four other teams in penalties with 17. The Titans have 13 penalties on the year.
If the Broncos can keep those unforced errors down, they have a good shot at beating the Titans on their own turf for the second year in a row.