While 28 of 32 NFL teams spent Sunday battling in hard-fought games, the Broncos spent the day resting and relaxing.
Denver’s last game – a 26-13 victory against AFC West rival Oakland — presented the challenge of playing two games in five days. But it also meant extra time off to prepare for the team’s next game – the upcoming showdown with the 9-4 Baltimore Ravens.
“It’s huge,” cornerback Champ Bailey said of the time off after the win over the Raiders. “I think we’re going to need all of it to get ready for that team. That’s a good football team. We’re going to take all this time to make sure we’re ready to go up there and win.”
By the time the team’s Week 15 matchup with Baltimore kicks off, the players will be 10 days removed from their last game action. With three off days after Thursday’s win, the Broncos returned to the practice field Monday at Dove Valley energized by the time off.
“We talked about before we took this little break, mentally and physically get rested,” Head Coach John Fox said. “I thought they came back and ran around today. We had a nice workout today. They have tomorrow off and then we’re back at it Wednesday for regular Sunday preparation week.”
Denver has now played six consecutive contests since its bye in Week 7. Defensive tackle Justin Bannan said that 14 weeks into the season, the rest following the team’s Thursday night game could not have come at a better time.
“Nice to get a couple days off and just take a mental break,” Bannan said. “This time of year, it’s just a grind. To get a small break at the end, I think it helps a lot. Now it’s time to go back to work and get ready for this game.”