Through nine weeks, the Broncos have done the majority of their damage in the third and fourth quarters.
In the second half of games, Denver has outscored its opponents 166 to 67.
The team hopes that formula holds true for the second half of the season.
“It’s all about these next eight games,” tight end Jacob Tamme said. “Now it’s on to the second half of the season and on to the Panthers. You look at it through sort of that lens, and you’re able to see where you kind of stand, but then you come back and get ready to go one week at a time.”
As the team enters the third quarter of the season, it will try to — at least — match its 3-1 performance in the second quarter of the slate.
Fox said that’s the goal each quarter, and the Broncos are only one game off that pace in the first half of the campaign.
“This next quarter has two road games, that’s the first thing that jumps out at you, and two division games,” quarterback Peyton Manning said. “Even though it’s a quarter, you still take those one at a time. We are all about the Carolina Panthers.”
Overall, Fox said he has been pleased with the team’s performance thus far, especially with all the excitement surrounding the addition of Manning before the season began.
Each of the Broncos’ first eight opponents have featured a Pro Bowler at quarterback, part of an early stretch the team knew would test its mettle.
“Of course we looked at the first half of our schedule and six opponents were playoff teams from a year ago out of the eight (games), so we knew there were going to be some bumps,” Head Coach John Fox said of his 5-3 squad. “We still have a whole half to play, and most times they count the full season, so we’ll see what that brings us in the second half.”
Riding a three-game win streak into Bank of America Stadium this Sunday, the team will look to perform in the second half of the season the way it has in the second half of games.
“Winning will always give you confidence, but at the same time you’ve got to always make sure you never get complacent,” safety Rahim Moore said. “Every week, the games get bigger and bigger. Last week was a big game for us and this week’s even better. We’re ready, we’re working hard and overall we’re focused.”