The Denver Broncos returned to the practice field Thursday after having Tuesday and Wednesday off. Ahhh, the benefits of having a first round bye heading into the playoffs.
“A lot of people on the outside call it a ‘bye’ week,” John Fox said. “To me it’s a ‘get better’ week.”
For the young players on the team, the message is drilled in. It took safety Mike Adams nine years before he even reached the playoffs. The single-elimination tournament is nothing to take lightly.
The Broncos will be in front of their TVs this weekend to find out who they will be hosting the following week.
“I’m going to be glued in to see who we have and then once we see who have I’m right on the film and seeing what we have to do to get that ‘W,’” Adams said.
Perhaps there some sort of advantage playing a team in the playoffs that they lost to in the regular season. Having to beat the Chiefs three times in as many months just doesn’t sound appealing.
Perhaps for the Broncos, there’s some extra motivation in playing the Colts or the Chargers.
“Last year, in that case, we had beaten Baltimore,” Chris Harris said. “We felt like we had beaten them pretty handily last year. For them to come in here and play us how they did, definitely that was a time that we hadn’t had any adversity going into the [post]season—winning 11 straight games.”
The Broncos took their playoff loss to the Ravens, used it as motivation, and beat them 49-27 to open the 2013 season.
Who would you like to see the Broncos play in the divisional round?