With a three-game lead in the AFC West and just three games to go, you might think it’d be hard to stay on task and keep yourself from looking ahead to the playoffs.
Thinking that would be a mistake.
“The job’s not done yet,” Brandon Marshall said in his press conference today. “It’s really easy for us to stay focused. We need one more win to get in. We’re not worried about San Diego losing — we’re trying to control our own destiny.”
They’ll get their shot at that one win and control of their own destiny Sunday in Carolina.
“It seems like when our back is against the wall we play better. I think this game is going to show us where we are at as a team. The Panthers are a Super Bowl caliber team, they have great coaches, great players and they are doing a great job. It is going to be an exciting atmosphere to play in.”
TALK ABOUT A “FREAK”
During his press conference, Marshall refered to Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith as “a freak.”
He didn’t mean it in any sort of derogatory sense but rather that he is a freakish athlete, and when Eddie Royal was asked about it, he agreed with that assessment, saying Smith’s mindset makes him the good player he is.
“You can tell every time he touches the ball he wants to score. He makes the tough catch and he’s also a great blocker.”
During his time at Virginia Tech, Royal said he watched film of Smith, and since the two are similar in stature, it’s easy to see why.
“I’ve learned a lot,” Royal said. “When I was in college, I watched film on him, just taking little things away from his game. He’s an aggressive runner, especially yards after the catch, he does that real well. I’ll definitely talk to him and try to pick his brain a little bit.”
For the Broncos, Spencer Larsen is the only player who did not participate today as he still recovers from a groin injury. Brandon Stokley participated on a limited basis, a positive change from sitting out yesterday. Champ Bailey and Karl Paymah were both limited as well with groin injuries. Both Mario Haggan and Chad Mustard participated fully after being limited yesterday.
For the Panthers, only linebacker Adam Seward and defensive end Hilee Taylor were on the injury report, and neither have participated in practice yet this week.
– Adam Zinser, DenverBroncos.com
And now for some photos, courtesy of Gray Caldwell…