Broncos back in management of No. one AFC seed

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If Miami Dolphins defensive back Michael Thomas ever starts a
fan club, he won't have any problems getting a Denver chapter up and


Thomas' interception of Tom Brady's pass in the finish zone on
fourth down with 2 seconds left Sunday in his NFL debut preserved
Miami's win that kept the New England Patriots from overtaking
Denver in the race for the leading seed in the AFC playoffs


So, the Broncos (11-three), who lost at property to San Diego on
Thursday night, uncover themselves with the ultimate reboot after
their weekend furlough from football.


''Of course it feels much better to management your personal destiny,''
run-stuffer Terrance Knighton explained Monday. ''But you never want any
(much more) scares like that. We want teams to come through Denver. The
good thing is we're in management of that once more and we've acquired to
handle our organization. Due to the fact, getting the very same record as the Chiefs,
we also want to win our division.''


That is due to the fact if Kansas City wins the AFC West, the Broncos
fall from the first seed to the fifth, behind all the other
division winners no matter their records.


Since they swept the Chiefs, the Broncos own the tiebreaker,
so all they have to do is win road games at Houston and Oakland,
which have a combined 6-22 record, and they'll safe the No. one
seed in the AFC and a first-round bye for the 2nd straight


The Broncos' mood, so glum right after their beautiful 27-20 loss to
the Chargers final week, matched the unseasonably warm climate
Monday Von Miller Jersey.


''I think it is a little brighter since we know what we have acquired
to do to get home-field benefit: we have just acquired to hold
winning,'' receiver Bubba Caldwell said. ''Even however we lost,
we're still in the same position that we were in ahead of that game.
Now, we never have to observe New England and some of these other
teams and see what they're carrying out. We've just got to deal with our
enterprise and every thing will fall in spot.''


The Broncos figure their extended weekend gave them a likelihood to
clear their heads and heal their bodies.


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


Denver's loss was a harbinger of a wild weekend in which 4
more division leaders had been beaten, including the Cincinnati
Bengals, whose loss to Pittsburgh prevented them from overtaking
New England for 2nd area in the playoff positioning.


''Some crazy football yesterday,'' receiver Eric Decker mentioned.
''Fortunately, we're nevertheless No. 1 in our conference and we've received
two weeks left to make sure we maintain it that way. We have got to come
out stronger this week against Houston, perform better all-around to
make sure to manage our personal destiny.''


Fox stated the slew of upsets supplied a excellent caveat.


''You'd just better have your `A' game ready. I consider it is a
wonderful example of that,'' he stated. ''You search at the prime 3
seeds, like us, shedding, and all to division teams that maybe
weren't actually high in the standings. I believe it just goes to show
you on any given Sunday, you'd much better be ready to play.''


At least a single Bronco insists he isn't anxious about when or exactly where
the Broncos' playoff journey begins.


''I mean, we're definitely pleased New England was capable to get rid of so
we're capable to get 1st location. But I am actually seeking at it like it
doesn't really matter what seed we get any longer,'' cornerback Chris
Harris explained. ''My mindset is both way we go, property or away, we've
got to be at our best in the playoffs. We have noticed that come about final
year, getting the No. 1 seed, it doesn't guarantee you


''So, possessing that loss last 12 months variety of changed my mindset
about the No. 1 seed, really.''


The Broncos stormed into the playoffs final January riding an
11-game winning streak but misplaced in double-overtime to Baltimore,
which had stumbled into the playoffs possessing misplaced 4 of 5 in


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


Any longer, it is not about who's the greatest, but who's the


''Yeah, which is all that matters,'' Harris mentioned Peyton Manning Jersey. ''Home or away,
you've received to perform great or you are going to be bounced out.''


Notes: Manning (rest), WR Wes Welker (concussion) and CB Kayvon
Webster (thumb) did not practice John Elway Jersey.





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