Veteran defensive backs Champ Bailey and Brian Dawkins are well aware of the current AFC West standings.
They know the 3-5 Broncos are a game out of first-place with the other three teams tied with identical 4-4 records.
But looking ahead is not something their concerned with.
Instead, Denver’s defensive leaders are solely focused on Sunday’s pivotal road game in Kansas City.
“The thing about playing in this league – you’ve got to take it one week at a time,” Bailey said. “We’ve got to take care of what’s in front of us and not worry about what’s down the road. We’ll let that kind of take care of itself.
“Just got to take care of our business as we go.”
Dawkins doesn’t want his teammates thinking about too much else when they take the field Sunday. He stressed the importance of having fun and playing with passion as the team heads into a critical matchup vs. the Chiefs in Week 10.
“We’ve just got to go play football, have fun doing it, not make the mistakes we made early on that cost us to lose some ball games,” Dawkins said. “Hopefully we’re mature enough and know the system good enough now that we can go out and play full tilt, full speed, have a good time playing football.”
According to Dawkins, a relaxed mind brings out the best in a player and he’s looking forward to having some fun with his teammates as they look for a victory at Arrowhead Stadium Sunday.
“You make a conscious effort to stop thinking so much so you can have fun,” Dawkins explained. “Over thinking things takes the fun out of football.
“You can’t play an emotional game without emotion,” he added. “That’s something that hopefully we’ll continue to do, is play with emotion and have a good time.”
Below are some photos from today’s practice.