Aug 7, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos wide receiver Demaryius Thomas (88) is tackled after a reception by Seattle Seahawks cornerback Byron Maxwell (41) and free safety Earl Thomas (29) in the first quarter of a preseason game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
A win on Sunday is the goal for every team week in and week out. Easier said than done.
After a long off season where the Denver Broncos made a lot of changes in order to adapt to the weakness that the Seattle Seahawks exposed them to in the Super Bowl, they get their first real test against the team that flat out embarrassed them in the big game. The Seahawks are coming off of their first loss of the season and will be looking to get back on track with a win as well, so chances are they will be prepared to give their best game as well.
I have seen many predictions for this game, but the one question that I have to ask is what will a Broncos win mean for the team going forward and what will it mean for the rest of the NFL? In my mind, there are many things that can happen if the Broncos come out of Centurylink Field with a win at the end of the day. This will have nothing to do with revenge, as the Broncos players and coaching staff have mentioned numerous times already and fans should also not think about revenge. But I am sure all fans will be excited if the result is a Broncos win.
The first thing a win would do for the Broncos is give them confidence going into the bye week. After the game, the Broncos get a week off as they get an early bye this season. A win against the current Super Bowl champs can give this team all the confidence in the world. After how their season ended last year, this team could use some early confidence to get them going for the remainder of the season. This would hold especially true since they had to squeak out wins in their first two games. Even if they win a close game against the Seahawks, beating the reigning Super Bowl champs will be a huge boost.
Sep 14, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) warms up before the start of the game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
The second thing that could result if the Broncos win will be putting other teams on notice. I get that the San Diego Chargers already beat the Broncos to the punch by winning last week, but you have to look at the fact that the Chargers were at home for their contest where the Broncos will be on the road. In my mind, road wins mean a lot more than a win at home. It is expected that a team will have the advantage at home. For the Broncos, going into a hostile environment and coming out of Seattle with a win means so much more than if the team played in the Mile High City. Beating the Super Bowl champs at their place will send a strong message to other teams in the league that the Broncos are not a team to mess with.
The final objective that can be reached with a Broncos win on Sunday will be the talks about how this team can compete with stronger teams, at least for the time being. Outside of Broncos fans and a few others, there is not a lot of faith in the Broncos as far as how far they can go and if they can win the important games. I think a win against the Seahawks will silence critics until they have to travel to play the New England Patriots. They passed their first test with the Indianapolis Colts. Beating the Seahawks, especially where it is so difficult to win games, speaks volumes about how this team can perform no matter where the game is held.
This game will mean a whole lot for the Broncos as they go forward in their season for many reasons. While I am not thinking about the revenge factor, it will be pretty cool to say that the Broncos beat the Super Bowl champs for the second year in a row if the result comes out with a Broncos win this Sunday.