It has been well advertised that the Broncos have a chance to clinch a playoff berth with a win on Sunday. The Buffalo Bills are the team to beat, and at 6-8, losers of three-in-a-row, some people might think Sunday is a foregone conclusion.
But Brandon Marshall says not so fast. Just because the Bills are eliminated from the playoffs doesn’t mean they don’t have the ability to come into INVESCO and get a win.
“If a team is not in the playoffs, they want to take somebody home with them,” Marshall said. “It is not easy. A lot of people think, ‘Oh, you are going up against a team that is 6-8,’ but those teams are the ones you don’t want to see at the end of the season when you need a win. They are dangerous.”
But at the same time, Denver has won four of its last six, and with the No. 2 offense in the league, not many people want to see the Broncos come the end of the year, either.
“We are dangerous on the offensive side of the ball and we play with confidence,” Marshall said. “If we limit our mistakes against Buffalo, we can be dangerous on Sunday.”
In yesterday’s press conference, Head Coach Mike Shanahan talked about players he thought were close to the Pro Bowl this year but didn’t quite get in. One of the players he singled out was Eddie Royal.
Royal said he wasn’t disappointed he didn’t make it onto the AFC’s All-Star roster.
“Nah,” he said. “It really is a team game, you know? If we get to the playoffs, I’ll be happy. Individual goals are great, but in the end you play to win championships.”
Plus, with his quarterback and fellow starting receiver each gaining a trip to Hawaii, there’s a good chance Royal might find himself with a free visit to the Aloha State, as well.
“We’re talking about it,” he said with a laugh.
FAN APPRECIATION DAY
This Sunday against the Bills is the final home game of the regular season at INVESCO Field at Mile High.
For the occasion, the Broncos will be giving away prizes throughout the game, in the tailgating lots and at the Broncos Barn.
Every fan in attendance will have a chance to win the prizes, including a $500 gift card to Lowe’s, lift tickets courtesy of Coca-Cola and a 42-inch flat screen TV from Best Buy.
In addition, Broncos all-time leading receiver Rod Smith will address the fans before kickoff to thank them for their support during his 13-year playing career.
Fans exiting the stadium from Sunday’s contest will receive the 2008 Denver Broncos team photo courtesy of 7-Eleven.
Hope to see you at the game.
-Gray Caldwell, DenverBroncos.com
Here are some pictures from today’s practice.