Awarded a first-round bye and homefield advantage throughout the
The team practiced Wednesday, Thursday and Friday before taking the weekend off. Although the practices lasted just a little more than an hour and were finished before noon, quarterback
"I thought we needed a week of practice," Manning said during a conference call with Baltimore media Wednesday. "We're still a new team. We have new players, first-year players like myself here. I think anytime you can get an extra week of practice with the limited time that you're around in the offseason, the OTAs [organized team activities] and training camp, I thought it was something that was a plus for us. I thought we did some things last week that we worked on and hopefully improved, and hopefully, it made us a better team."
Teams that have earned a first-round bye have fared well in the divisional round. Since the playoffs went to a 12-team format with the top two teams in each conference getting a bye, the top two seeds are 64-24 in the divisional round.
But since 2005 at least one of the top two teams in each conference has fallen in its first playoff game. Perhaps that’s why Denver coach
"You never know what's an advantage or a disadvantage, to be quite honest with you," he said. "It just comes down to executing and how you prepare and how you execute on game day."
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