The Broncos benefited from their weekend off by getting a jumpstart on their preparation from the comfort of their own homes.
After a week of practice and no game, watching other teams play added to the players’ excitement to get back on the field.
“It was a combination of relaxing, but some anxiousness,” wideout Eric Decker said. “You want to be out there playing, especially playoff football. This is the best time of the year. This is what you wait for and this is what you play for. It was fun to be able to rest physically and mentally and enjoy some football, but now focus on our opponent.”
Watching the Ravens beat the Colts in the Wild Card Round was only the beginning of the team’s film-viewing, but Decker was able to come away with some early observations — particularly regarding the strength of Baltimore’s situational defense.
“They did a good job versus Indy last night,” Decker said. “Situational football is going to win you games and third downs, red area, those are things where it swings a game from three to seven points. We’re going to focus on those areas and make sure that we’re executing at a high rate.”
After having the weekend off — save for a Saturday morning lift – the team is itching to get back to work. Cornerback Chris Harris said he watched Denver’s potential opponents play during the weekend, but it only added to the anticipation.
“This team is hungry,” Harris said. “It’s not fun watching other teams. I’m ready to play. I can’t wait until Saturday.”