After a 41-23 loss to the New England Patriots, the Broncos’ attention has immediately turned to preparation for Buffalo on a short week.
Denver and Buffalo will meet Saturday, condensing the Broncos’ weekly schedule.
Yesterday’s defeat vs. the Patriots stung a team that had previously won six straight, but Head Coach John Fox is confident his team will put it behind them with two crucial weeks left in the regular season.
“Immediately after the game, obviously disappointment,” Fox said Monday of the mood in the locker room. “I didn’t think we played as well as we’re capable of and I think our opponent had a little bit to do with it. In this league you’ve got to have a short memory and we need to forget about it and move on to Buffalo.”
“We’ve said that after every game, win or lose, move on,” he added. “We’ve had a pretty resilient group and I don’t think that will be a problem going forward.”
PULLING OUT THE POSITIVES
In evaluating the film, Fox saw continued improvement from quarterback Tim Tebow.
Tebow rushed for 93 yards and two touchdowns against New England but Fox was particularly impressed with Tebow’s ability to stand tall in the pocket and deliver the ball into tight windows on several occasions.
The Broncos’ fast start offensively was another strong point, as was the play of wide receiver Demaryius Thomas, who finished with seven catches for 116 yards.
“I’ve been real impressed with him,” Fox said of Thomas. “We’ve got a young receiving corps. Eric Decker, the same thing with Demaryius. We’ve got a young quarterback. So, they’re all improving. They all have talent. That’s what you need to do in this league, is improve week to week. I like their development and we need to continue it this week.”
STILL IN CONTROL
Despite yesterday’s loss, Denver still holds a one-game lead in the AFC West division due to Oakland’s loss against Detroit.
The Broncos know that two wins to close out the regular season will allow them to claim the division title.
“Our guys understand that we control our own destiny,” Fox said.
The first step takes place Saturday in Buffalo.
“We just need to focus on the next game, the next step, the next day’s preparation,” Fox said. “Then you start thinking about other stuff, you’re not focused on what you should be doing. That will be the same approach tomorrow as it’s been since August.”