Here’s a look at pregame warmups from field level.
Here’s a look at pregame warmups from field level.
For the Broncos, safety Brian Dawkins, fullback Austin Sylvester, linebacker Mike Mohamed, offensive linemen Manny Ramirez and Tony Hills, tight end Julius Thomas and defensive end Derrick Harvey will not suit up for Sunday’s regular-season finale against the Kansas City Chiefs.
For the Chiefs, quarterback Tyler Palko, safety Jon McGraw, offensive lineman David Mims, wide receiver Jerheme Urban, tight end Jake O’Connell and defensive linemen Brandon Bair and Jerrell Powe are inactive.
Today is the last Friday of the regular season. Thus, we are going to start things off with a quote from Head Coach John Fox about the team’s mindset heading into the finale against the Kansas City Chiefs.
“I think four months ago if you would have told me we were going to be in the last regular season game of the season with a chance to get into the playoffs, I probably would have taken it and run,” Fox said. “We’ve got some unfinished business, and it’s all out there for the taking. Now we just have to go take it.”
FILLING BIG SHOES
It looks like everyone should be healthy and ready to go Sunday as all the players listed on the injury report are probable with one notable exception: safety Brian Dawkins.
Dawkins, who hasn’t practiced all week with a neck injury, is listed as doubtful for Sunday’s contest. Dawkins missed the entire New England game and most of the Buffalo game with an injury, meaning that for the third straight game, Denver is most likely going to be without its most experienced player.
For the third time in four seasons, Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Dwayne Bowe has surpassed the 1,000-yard receiving mark.
That doesn’t surprise Champ Bailey, who will most likely spend the majority of his day matched up against the talented wideout.
“He’s tough every time I face him,” Bailey said. “He’s one of my biggest challenges, and I look forward to it every time because I know he’s going to give his best shot. It’s just his size and speed — the combination of both. And he’s so deceptive with his speed in route-running, because he can start and stop just like a quick guy. He’s dangerous.”
This Sunday’s regular-season finale between the Kansas City Chiefs and Denver Broncos pits two division rivals against each other for the second time this season as they ring in the new year.
In any season, that’s enough to get the blood flowing and adrenaline pumping as the players gear up for the contest throughout the week.
Except this time, it means much more.
Had the Chiefs won last week, they’d enter Sunday’s game in Denver with a chance to make the playoffs.
But Kansas City lost to Oakland in overtime, eliminating them from postseason contention.
The Chiefs are now relegated to playing potential spoiler against the Broncos in Week 17, and linebacker Derrick Johnson said his team is determined to the end its season with a win.
Sunday’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs is shaping up to be one of the biggest games in the last few years for the Broncos.
At the end of the day the Broncos could be AFC West champions and playoff bound for the first time since 2005.
But for that to happen, Denver will have to beat Kansas City for the second time this season. Executive Vice President of Football Operations John Elway said Tuesday on ‘Elway Live’ that won’t be a walk in the park.
“It’s always tough to beat a team twice,” Elway said. “We’ve got to be ready to play one of our best football games.”
Following Denver’s loss in Buffalo, Executive Vice President of Football Operations John Elway will join Broncos TV’s Chris Hall for another ‘Elway Live’ show at 2 p.m. MST tomorrow — Tuesday — on DenverBroncos.com. Elway and Hall will breakdown the team’s loss to the Bills and look ahead to a critical Week 17 matchup against Kansas City on the live, online-streamed audio broadcast. The show is 30 minutes long and features fan-submitted questions for Elway.
Questions are currently being taken via Twitter and will continue to be taken during the show. To submit your questions, tweet using the hashtag #ElwayLive.
After the show, the broadcast will be archived to DenverBroncos.com and will also be available as a podcast through iTunes.
To listen to any previous episode, visit www.DenverBroncos.com/ElwayLive.
On 9NEWS KUSA-TV’s show Monday night, Elway talked about the regular season finale vs. Kansas City.
“It’s a playoff game for us and that’s the way we have to look at it,” Elway said. “We have to go out and take care of our business.”
Head Coach John Fox met with the media Monday morning, touching on a variety of subjects as the Broncos begin preparations for the Kansas City Chiefs.
Denver can clinch the AFC West with a win against the Chiefs or an Oakland Raiders loss against San Diego.
Below are a few quotes from the head coach as the regular-season finale approaches.
On taking a playoff mindset this week:
“In my mind, it’s much like a playoff game already. For most intents and purposes, we need to win this game. That will determine our fate.”
After Week 16, the AFC West title chase has been narrowed down to just Denver and the Oakland Raiders. San Diego and Kansas City were both eliminated from contention with their losses at Detroit and vs. Oakland, respectively.
The Broncos can clinch the AFC West crown with either a win versus Kansas City or an Oakland loss versus San Deigo. Denver would also clinch if it ties against Kansas City and the Raiders lose or tie against the Chargers.
Denver and Oakland are currently tied atop the division with 8-7 records, but Denver owns the relevant tiebreakers, meaning that the Raiders need to finish with a better record than the Broncos to win the division.