Broncos back in management of No. one AFC seed

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If Miami Dolphins defensive back Michael Thomas ever commences a
fan club, he won't have any difficulty acquiring a Denver chapter up and


Thomas' interception of Tom Brady's pass in the finish zone on
fourth down with two seconds left Sunday in his NFL debut preserved
Miami's win that stored the New England Patriots from overtaking
Denver in the race for the top seed in the AFC playoffs.


So, the Broncos (eleven-three), who misplaced at property to San Diego on
Thursday evening, locate themselves with the greatest reboot following
their weekend furlough from football.


''Of course it feels greater to handle your personal destiny,''
run-stuffer Terrance Knighton said Monday. ''But you will not want any
(much more) scares like that. We want teams to come via Denver. The
good factor is we're in control of that yet again and we have acquired to
manage our business. Due to the fact, possessing the very same record as the Chiefs,
we also want to win our division.''


That's simply because if Kansas City wins the AFC West, the Broncos
fall from the very first seed to the fifth, behind all the other
division winners no matter their data.


Since they swept the Chiefs, the Broncos very own the tiebreaker,
so all they have to do is win street games at Houston and Oakland,
which have a combined six-22 record, and they'll secure the No. one
seed in the AFC and a 1st-round bye for the 2nd straight


The Broncos' mood, so glum following their beautiful 27-20 loss to
the Chargers last week, matched the unseasonably warm climate


''I consider it's a small brighter simply because we know what we have acquired
to do to get house-field benefit: we have just acquired to keep
winning,'' receiver Bubba Caldwell mentioned Wes Welker Jersey. ''Even although we misplaced,
we're nevertheless in the exact same position that we have been in just before that game.
Now, we will not have to observe New England and some of these other
teams and see what they are doing. We've just got to take care of our
business and every thing will fall in location.''


The Broncos figure their prolonged weekend gave them a possibility to
clear their heads and heal their bodies.


''Yeah, I contact it a mini-bye,'' Caldwell said.


Denver's loss was a harbinger of a wild weekend in which four
more division leaders had been beaten, like the Cincinnati
Bengals, whose reduction to Pittsburgh prevented them from overtaking
New England for second area in the playoff positioning.


''Some crazy football yesterday,'' receiver Eric Decker stated.
''Fortunately, we're still No. 1 in our conference and we've got
two weeks left to make certain we preserve it that way. We have acquired to come
out stronger this week against Houston, perform greater all-all around to
make positive to manage our own destiny''


Fox stated the slew of upsets presented a great caveat.


''You'd just greater have your `A' game prepared. I feel it's a
wonderful instance of that,'' he explained. ''You search at the best 3
seeds, including us, shedding, and all to division teams that perhaps
weren't really large in the standings. I believe it just goes to show
you on any provided Sunday, you'd greater be prepared to play.''


At least a single Bronco insists he isn't concerned about when or in which
the Broncos' playoff journey commences.


''I mean, we're certainly content New England was capable to lose so
we're in a position to get first area. But I'm actually searching at it like it
isn't going to truly matter what seed we get any longer Broncos Store,'' cornerback Chris
Harris stated. ''My mindset is either way we go, home or away, we've
got to be at our very best in the playoffs. We've witnessed that happen last
yr, obtaining the No. 1 seed Eric Decker Jersey, it does not promise you


''So, having that loss final 12 months type of altered my mindset
about the No. one seed, genuinely.''


The Broncos stormed into the playoffs final January riding an
eleven-game winning streak but misplaced in double-overtime to Baltimore,
which had stumbled into the playoffs possessing misplaced 4 of five in


In the last decade only two leading seeds have won the Super


Anymore, it's not about who's the best, but who's the


''Yeah, that is all that matters,'' Harris stated. ''Home or away,
you've acquired to play great or you happen to be going to be bounced out.''


Notes: Manning (rest), WR Wes Welker (concussion) and CB Kayvon
Webster (thumb) didn't practice.





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