probably is right.
There has been all this hype about the
On the flip side, three of the four No. 1 seeds in the past two seasons have lost their opening playoff game: Green Bay in 2011, and Atlanta and New England in 2010.
So maybe it’s not so terrible that the
“Having not ever been to the playoffs, I don’t want to be happy about getting in or how we get in. I want to win the thing,’’ said Adams, who endured losing years in seven of his first eight NFL seasons with San Francisco and Cleveland before becoming the starting safety for the 10-3,
Still, what else will keep the Broncos motivated through their final three regular-season games? They had the AFC West title, and No. 4 playoff seed, clinched two weeks ago. At the very worst, the Broncos will open the playoffs at home for a first-round playoff game the weekend of Jan. 5-6.
Such a scenario, though, may present the challenge of a second-round playoff game at New England, and conference championship at Houston before the Broncos could reach
There is more out there for the Broncos, and it may be directly in front of them. Most likely, the Broncos need to do something they’ve never done — defeat the 9-4
The No. 2 seed would give the Broncos a bye from the postseason’s first round and a home game in the second round. Win at home and the Broncos would be in the
“We don’t talk about it,’’ Broncos No. 1 receiver
Baltimore is one obstacle in the Broncos' unstated pursuit of the No. 2 seed. The Patriots, and possibly the Texans, are the other. Even after the Texans were humbled in Foxborough, Mass., on Monday night, Houston owns the AFC's best record at 11-2. New England is No. 2 with a 10-3 mark, plus the head-to-head tiebreaker against the Broncos.
The Pats-Texans game was at least important enough to the Broncos for many of them to watch it.
“I’m sure I’ll have it on, like normal,’’ Broncos coach
In recent weeks, the Broncos to a man have refused to publicly acknowledge a top-two playoff seeding, with all its benefits, as a team goal. Their focus, they have collectively said, was on beating their next opponent, and trying to get better.
This week, they can't ignore the No. 2 seed hype, because it was partially attached to the Baltimore game. Yet, the Broncos still won't talk playoff seeding. They'll talk about Baltimore, but not the accompanying seed.
Sports people, it seems, are creatures of habit. The Broncos have won eight in a row thinking one way — why think differently now?
“It’s something that doesn’t enter the conversation,’’ said