The Denver Broncos are right where they want to be. They are in the playoffs but still not picked to do too much.
“We love being underdogs,” linebacker Joe Mays said on Tuesday. “There’s no pressure. We just get going and play our style of football and just try to prove everybody wrong like we’ve been doing all year.”
I can’t imagine there are too many people outside of the Rocky Mountain region that are seriously going to pick the Broncos to defeat the Patriots. There are likely quite a few people in the region that will take the Patriots, even though those people might very well being pulling for the Broncos to spring an upset.
The Broncos probably don’t mind any of that one bit.
It has been amazing how through all the ups and downs, turmoil, uncertainty, inconsistency and injuries, the Broncos have somehow found a way to scratch and claw their way into the AFC divisional playoffs. At the very least, their accomplishment to this point is sensational. Inconceivable and unreal are the words that come to my mind.
The question now is where will this story end? Quarterback Tim Tebow was asked this week where the story of this season stands for him.
“None of us exactly know,” Tebow admitted. “But it’s a fun journey and we’re excited and every week trying to learn and improve and get better and not just look forward to the destination but enjoy the journey.”
What a journey it has been. Please excuse the Broncos for believing it will continue beyond this weekend.
“We’re confident (with) the way our season has gone and where we’re at,” head coach John Fox stated. “It’s a huge test no doubt to go up there against a very experienced team, a team that has been playoff-tested. That’s why there’s only eight (teams) left.”
While NFL players tend to say all the right things when few people give them a chance to win, they also tend to be the sort that wants to show the unbelievers to be wrong. That can be an extremely powerful position in which to be.
The Broncos believe they can beat the Patriots and I dare say they believe they will win. That kind of thinking should make for a very interesting game.
Perhaps the favored Patriots will do what so many people expect them to do, which is bring the Broncos’ crazy season crashing to an end.
But perhaps the Underdogs are ready to write yet another improbable chapter in a season that gets more magical by the week.
What will happen on Saturday night? Thanks for reading and sharing your thoughts.
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