The top-seeded Broncos can’t get caught up in a spider web of praise.
“Arguably, they are the best team in football,” Baltimore linebacker Ray Lewis said. Coming from an esteemed veteran, these words are hard to ignore. “If that’s what it is, then let’s line up and let’s be who we are, and let’s get ready to play the best team in football.”
It’s a tribute, but nothing new.
While the outside world, the fans and media included, admires each additional Denver win, inside the walls of Broncos headquarters it’s still business. “A lot of people are going to say that since we’ve been winning. We’re just trying to keep going and keep winning, that’s our main goal and focus now,” asserted Demaryius Thomas.
And it may as well be a ploy, an intentional tactic and a strategic sentiment, that the Broncos will have none of.
“I don’t really buy into all that mental warfare and all that stuff,” said linebacker Von Miller. “I like to just get between the lines and play football. We’ve all been doing it all our lives. That’s something you can settle the score out on the football field.”
Flattery, in any extent, and more likely criticism is a part of any prelude. The game is what truly matters.
“Talking’s not going to prove a whole lot to anyone,” said veteran linebacker Keith Brooking. “We’re all about preparing and doing what we can do to be at our best Saturday when toe meets leather. That’s our mindset.”