Hello playoff run.
Yes, a week off in the first round of the playoffs is that important.
The Broncos don’t talk about it much. They don’t have to. In order to get a first round bye in the postseason, the Broncos need to keep winning. Therein lies the narrative.
“We’re just trying to take them one at a time. I know it’s cliché, but (this is) obviously a big game on the road,” Head Coach John Fox said. (They’re) a team that played in the championship game of our conference a year ago, a well-coached, talented team that plays really well at home. Their home record is pretty darn high. They’re 5-1 at their place this year. We want all our focus on the Baltimore Ravens.”
Quarterback Peyton Manning called the same play when he spoke with reporters this week.
“It’s the next game. I think we’ve done a good job placing importance on every team we have played,” Manning said. “We have focused kind of on the moment. Certainly Baltimore is a very easy team to grab your attention, especially when you’re playing there. That’s who we’re focused on. We’ve done a good job of that all season and hopefully that will continue this week.”
Regardless of what they say, the Broncos know how critical it would be to have a week of rest when the playoffs begin.
We all know that having a bye does not guarantee anything. Recent Super Bowl champions such as the Packers and the Giants have proven that.
But what team wouldn’t want a week off when the postseason begins?
The easiest way for the Broncos to climb into one of the top two spots in the AFC is to win their final three games (at Baltimore, then home against Cleveland and Kansas City).
If the Broncos can win out, all they would need is for the Patriots to lose once in their final three games (home against San Francisco, at Jacksonville, home vs. Miami) for Denver to jump into the second spot.
There are other ways the Broncos could move up into the top two spots in the conference but the key is winning their final three games. That is what keeps them in a realistic position.
“This will be a playoff-type game,” Fox said.
Even though the loser of this game won’t be eliminated, there will certainly be playoff implications.
A bye is on the line for the Broncos. Without a doubt, it would be a very good bye to get.
What will it take for the Broncos to beat the Ravens? Thanks for reading and sharing your thoughts.
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