It may only be the Broncos’ second game of the season, but cornerback Champ Bailey said Sunday could be the team’s most important game of the year.
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“I think this is going to be our biggest test of the year,” Champ said. “It is only our second game but this will one of our biggest tests — just like how next week will be another test. I think it is all about how we respond to success. We had a good game, but it’s how do we bounce back from all that and win another one.”
Bailey will have a familiar face in front of him on the Broncos’ defense as Denver goes up against the rival Chargers. He and his brother Boss Bailey will play in their first regular season game as NFL teammates.
Boss Bailey said he is excited about taking the field alongside his brother.
“It is going to be fun,” he said. “A home game, an opener, we are going to have a lot of family here, so it is going to be real fun.”
Boss has been out of action since going down with an ankle sprain against Houston in the first week of the preseason.
“He will be ready — he is always ready,” Champ said of his brother. “He is such a competitor and he is hungry to get this started and under his belt.”
The Bailey brothers agreed that as competitors they are excited about matching up against San Diego.
“Only the guys that don’t want to compete would rather go against the guys that are average,” Champ said. “In this league there are a lot of guys that like to compete — and there are a lot of them in this locker room.”
“When you are in this game and you are a competitor, you want to face the best and see how you measure up,” Boss said. “As a defense we will see how we measure up to that Chargers offense.”
The Broncos have lost their previous four contests against San Diego, and a win against an established Chargers team will go a long way in showing how this young Broncos squad stacks up.
“You can measure yourself against a team – they made it to the (AFC) Championship game last year, so they obviously have a good team,” Champ said. “We just want to find our own identity and find out what we are like. I think as long as we keep winning games we will understand what we are about.”
-Jake Grilley, DenverBroncos.com