A few Broncos will view their possible next opponents at the same vantage point as most of their fans; from the couch.
“I’ll be sitting there, just watching all the games,” casually said Elvis Dumervil. “I’ll have my notebook and pad, taking notes.”
A plush recliner will have to substitute for their usual ergonomic desk chair to diagram a successful strategy.
The Broncos will practice the remainder of the week, with an introspective focus, but will turn their attention to an opponent following the oddly relaxing weekend. Depending on the outcome of the games, Denver could face Cincinnati if they win or if they lose the Broncos will take on either Indianapolis or Baltimore.
“It’s certainly one of the three teams that we could play. It’s an exciting time for football,” Peyton Manning eluded. “You always like watching playoff games and seeing what happens.”
Denver has already faced and beaten both the Ravens (their most likely opponent) and the Bengals during their continued winning streak. The Colts could be the only new foe, the Broncos have faced the Patriots and Texans this year, before the Super Bowl.
Either way, winning twice against the same team or encountering an unfamiliar challenger, it could pose problems.
“I’d say it’s kind of, and kind of not,” said wide receiver Demaryius Thomas of gaining any possible edge. “Because if we beat a team already, they might do some stuff to change the game. We’re going to be preparing for the stuff they’ve already done, so it can be advantage, but they can change it.”
Denver will be studying, and relaxing, this weekend but ready to ratchet up the intensity on Monday.