As the Broncos rest their bodies this weekend and mentally prepare to play in the Divisional Round, most players will enjoy watching the NFL’s Wild Card games.
Four games will take place on Saturday and Sunday. Three of the four teams playing in the AFC could potentially be Denver’s opponent next Saturday, Jan. 12th.
Should Cincinnati defeat Houston on Saturday, the Broncos will host the Bengals in Denver for the Divisional Round. If Houston wins that game, Denver’s opponent will be the winner of the Baltimore-Indianapolis matchup.
“I’ll definitely check out the Bengals, and Indianapolis (versus) the Ravens,” linebacker Von Miller said. “I definitely have to check out those games. Those games are the more important games to pay attention to and to watch this week but I’ll be paying attention to all the games this week.”
Miller added that he will try to watch every game, and might join fellow edge-rusher Elvis Dumervil at his house to enjoy the games together. The NFC matchup that Miller particularly has his eyes on features a pair of rookie quarterbacks.
“I want to see that RGIII (Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III) versus the Seahawks,” Miller said. “Great quarterback, great season, great offense versus a great defense.”
Safety David Bruton is most interested in seeing the third rookie quarterback that will play this weekend, as the Colts’ Andrew Luck will take on the Ravens.
“(I’ll be) watching Andrew Luck perform, because I hear nothing but great things from family and friends who live out that way,” Bruton said. “I’m excited to watch that game, but we still have to study film, we have to study film on three teams, so I’ll be in the iPad.”
Linebacker Wesley Woodyard, who was named the team’s Darrent Williams Good Guy Award recipient on Thursday, wasn’t sure who would be joining him as he watches this weekend’s slate of games, but he knew where he would be watching them.
“I have a man cave,” Woodyard laughed. “My house is always open (for teammates to join), but I’ll be locked down there in the basement playing the game and watching film.”
Although they will be watching football more as students than as fans this weekend, they will be sure to soak in a relaxing and stress-free weekend.
“I’m just looking forward to sitting down, relaxing, and not really having that fast-paced, bullets-flying mentality that you would (have) in a game,” Miller said.