Sometimes you have to do whatever it takes. That’s just what the Broncos are doing.
Last Sunday against the Chiefs, it took winning ugly. In the NFL, however, there is extra credit for style points and no penalty for lack thereof. There are W’s and L’s. And the Broncos got a W.
The Broncos got the win over the Chiefs while scoring a season-low 17 points. But it was also the second-fewest points they have allowed in a game this year. Denver surrendered six in a rout of the Raiders back in September.
A tough, defensive-minded football game might not be as fun to watch as a high-scoring one, but last Sunday against the Chiefs, the Broncos showed they can grind out a win the old-fashioned way. You can add it on to the various types of games the Broncos have won this year.
They have shown they can come back on teams that jumped out to a big lead. While the comebacks ultimately fell short against the Falcons, Texans and Patriots, the Broncos finished off the job in the first meeting against the Chargers.
The Broncos have also shown they can blow a team out. They had little trouble against the Raiders, Saints and Panthers.
They have won key games when they had to. Victories over the Steelers, Bengals and Chargers (second meeting) were vitally important and the Broncos came through when the opponent pushed them.
The Broncos have won with Peyton Manning dominating through the air; they have won when Manning hasn’t quite been at this best; they have won by getting big plays at big times; they have won when they create big plays on defense and they have won in spite of the fact that the opposing defense has often created more takeaways.
They have even won when some of their key players have been hurt.
Whatever they can do, however they have to play, all the Broncos want to do is keep winning.
“Ultimately, it’s about trying to get the win,” quarterback Peyton Manning said. “It’s just playing better overall offensively. You always want to play better each week. You want to be playing your best football, hopefully, here in the month of December.”
December’s first challenge is not clinching the AFC West or figuring out how to slide into one of the top two spots in the AFC. Instead, the first challenge of the month is the Tampa Bay Buccaneers
“I think we’ve got to keep our heads down,” defensive lineman Justin Bannan said. “No sense on fantasizing about anything unless you get the work done. We’ve got a lot of work left. We’ve got a long road ahead of us and really we’ve just got to be focused on this Sunday.”
When it comes to defeating the Buccaneers, the Broncos might need to win a good ‘ole shootout. The Broncos average 29.8 points per game, third in the NFL. The Bucs are right behind them in fourth, averaging 28.2 points each time out.
They’ll likely have to shut down a really talented running back to defeat Tampa Bay. Rookie Doug Martin is tied for third in football with his 95.5 rushing yards per game.
Certainly the Broncos know what is at stake this week when it comes to the playoff race. But they aren’t talking about such things.
“All our focus right now is on Tampa Bay,” Fox said. “We’re just, right now, locked and loaded on preparation for the Tampa Bay Bucs.”
Locked and loaded. Sounds like a great new way to win another game.
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