This week will be no different than the rest, besides the fact that the Broncos don’t have to play on Sunday.
They are just trying to continue to improve.
“Keep[ing] our crisp-ness in all three phases [offense, defense and special teams] just to stay practicing and stay on top of what we’re doing—try to get better,” John Fox adamantly said.
Denver earned the No.1 seed in the AFC playoffs by doing just that. They won their eleventh game in a row Sunday by beating Kansas City, and jumped atop the bracket with a little help from Indianapolis who beat the then team in the top spot, Houston. The Broncos will thus get bye in the opening round of the playoffs.
Due to the reseeding format, the Broncos could face No. 4 Baltimore, No. 5 Indianapolis or No. 6 Cincinnati on January 12th.
Their opponent or lack thereof this week won’t affect the everyday of the team. The Broncos will practice and analyze game-film of themselves and the possible challengers as if it were any other week. Their rituals will remain true and consistent.
“It’s just really kind of sticking with the same plan and that is, whether it’s this week in the bye week or next week in the preparation week, just get better every day,” said Fox. “We’ll treat it much like any other bye week. We’ll work in areas, scenarios, situations maybe we haven’t worked on in a while or haven’t arose during the season.”
Following the Broncos previous bye, coming in Week 7, they beat New Orleans in Sunday Night Football, 34-14.
Denver cannot afford to stay stagnant this week, there is definite no indication of that though. Favorable seeds, and the idle week that comes with it in the NFL playoffs has been known to stymie a team. Five of the last seven Super Bowl champions had to play and win on the opening weekend of the tournament.
The week at Dove Valley will not vary, the outcome on Sunday will, because there won’t be one.