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Bronco Rob
12-16-2009, 02:43 AM
Broncos not yet willing to talk about playoffs


By Lindsay H. Jones
The Denver Post
Posted: 12/16/2009 01:00:00 AM MST


From one end of the Broncos' locker room to the other, there's one word players won't dare utter: playoffs.

That is, unless they are talking about what they won't talk about, not with three weeks left in the regular season.

"We'll try to win as many as we can down the stretch, and then we'll see where that puts us," Broncos outside linebacker Darrell Reid said.

But just because the Broncos are sticking to the ever-popular sports cliche, it no longer is presumptuous for the rest of us to talk about playoff football.

As it stands, the Broncos at 8-5 overall and 6-4 in the AFC hold one of two wild-card playoff spots. And with home games remaining against conference bottom-feeders Oakland (4-9) and Kansas City (3-10), and a road game at NFC East leader Philadelphia, two victories would ensure the Broncos of their first playoff berth since 2005 unless two of their closest pursuers win all their remaining games.

It is certainly good to be the one being chased, rather than in the jumble of teams at least one game behind the Broncos in the wild-card race. When teams need not only to win, but to have other teams lose, to make it to the postseason, it is easier to get distracted, veteran defensive end Vonnie Holliday said.

"I think when you're in that situation, you do tend to look a little more," Holliday said. "I've been in that situation before, and you can find yourself looking at the scoreboard seeing what's going on somewhere else."

If the Broncos win this weekend, they will remain alive in the AFC West race, where they are two games behind San Diego. But with San Diego's remarkable December winning streak, now at 16 games, the wild card will be the Broncos' most likely postseason path.

But there are a host of other teams in position for a playoff push as well, with four teams at 7-6, and a couple with a chance of winning out the rest of the season.

Jacksonville holds the No. 6 spot in the AFC, but with games against Indianapolis playing with starters and at New England in the next two weeks, and coming off a loss to Miami, the Jaguars have moved from the wild card front-runner to longshot.

The favorites, and the teams the Broncos should pay most attention to, are Baltimore and Miami, both playoff teams last season.

The Ravens have an identical AFC record (6-4) as the Broncos and hold a tiebreaker against Denver, thanks to the Ravens' 30-7 victory over the Broncos on Nov. 1.

The Ravens also have the most favorable schedule over the final three weeks, with a home game Sunday against Chicago (5-8) and road games at free-falling Pittsburgh (6-7) and Oakland.

The Dolphins have a trio of teams on their schedule that are 6-7: at Tennessee this weekend, followed by home games against Houston and Pittsburgh in the final two weeks.

None of those games figure to be easy wins, but with the NFL's top-ranked running game (150.1 yards per game) and a solid run defense (allowing only 106.1 yards per game), the Dolphins are playing the right kind of football to win late in the year.

The Jets are the final team at 7-6. But with a conference record of 4-6 and upcoming games against Atlanta, Indianapolis and Cincinnati, the Jets have the hardest road of any of the challengers.

Not that anyone at Dove Valley really cares.

Holliday said he doesn't know all the playoff scenarios.

"For us, the season has played out the way it has, but we still find ourselves in a pretty good situation," Holliday said. "We control our own destiny, and for us, what we all have to believe in, is that the most important part of it all is the next game."



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atomicbloke
12-16-2009, 03:30 AM
Smart thinking.

Last year at this stage we were 8-5 too, and held a 3-game lead in the division, and had a home game against the pathetic Bills coming off a 7-game losing streak.

Surely, no one can contrive to miss the playoffs from that?

TailgateNut
12-16-2009, 07:26 AM
....but they are more than willing to invoice the ticket holders for post season.

oubronco
12-16-2009, 07:34 AM
....but they are more than willing to invoice the ticket holders for post season.

Because they know we're going to be there :strong:

bowtown
12-16-2009, 07:41 AM
So new and refreshing. I feel like I'm always reading articles about teams looking ahead to the playoffs from day one. You never hear guys in the NFL talk about just playing one game at a time. Really wonderful new stuff here, Lindsay.

Smiling Assassin27
12-16-2009, 07:44 AM
Because they know we're going to be there :strong:

And because not all season tix holders will opt for playoff tix, which means seat upgrades and potentially 2 home games, etc. This has to be tackled early, so the NFL mandates that they invoice us early.

That's the story, at least.

Smiling Assassin27
12-16-2009, 07:46 AM
So new and refreshing. I feel like I'm always reading articles about teams looking ahead to the playoffs from day one. You never hear guys in the NFL talk about just playing one game at a time. Really wonderful new stuff here, Lindsay.

Ii think McD had a good sitdown with every player and it went something like this:

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Paladin
12-16-2009, 08:11 AM
Number 2 ranked D, Number 9 ranked O. So far, I'd say that McD and the coaches have done very well, and the players are doing just fine. Sure beats the "experts" projections. They do not need to tallk about the playoffs. "Fans" do that.

I am so damm happy for tehhteam and for McD. He sure did stick it to the critics......

TailgateNut
12-16-2009, 08:19 AM
And because not all season tix holders will opt for playoff tix, which means seat upgrades and potentially 2 home games, etc. This has to be tackled early, so the NFL mandates that they invoice us early.

That's the story, at least.

Seat upgrades aren't available for post season.

Smiling Assassin27
12-16-2009, 08:28 AM
To prepare for the logistics of potentially hosting two playoff games, the Broncos have been required by the National Football League to send postseason ticket information to 2009 season ticket account holders. The combination of the NFL Playoff format, the number of playoff contending teams, and the limited time to print and distribute tickets necessitates the NFL and the Broncos to establish a deadline of Monday, December 28th to remit your payment.


Yup, nothing about upgrades.

2KBack
12-16-2009, 09:43 AM
Number 2 ranked D, Number 9 ranked O. So far, I'd say that McD and the coaches have done very well, and the players are doing just fine. Sure beats the "experts" projections. They do not need to tallk about the playoffs. "Fans" do that.

I am so damm happy for tehhteam and for McD. He sure did stick it to the critics......

Hard to tell around here sometimes. People that were preditcting a 3 win season still bitch that we don't have 10 wins already.

broncocalijohn
12-16-2009, 09:47 AM
....but they are more than willing to invoice the ticket holders for post season.

It is all about positive thinking....and money of course. Without reading the other posts, I cant wait for someone to tell us not to talk playoffs like we have an effect on it. Reminds me of people talking publicly about a court case on their guilt or innocence. "They are innocent until proven guilty." Of course they forget that it also says...."In a court of law." What we say has no bearing on the Broncos unless you are Tsiguy and start a thread about how healthy the Broncos have been right before the Colts game. That is just bad karma.

Popps
12-16-2009, 09:52 AM
Hard to tell around here sometimes. People that were preditcting a 3 win season still b**** that we don't have 10 wins already.

Hilarious!

Totally.



That said, good to know the team isn't taking a damned thing for granted.


C'mon... knock the **** out of the Raiders and (likely) seal a playoff spot. What more could you ask for out of one afternoon?

Can't wait.

TailgateNut
12-16-2009, 09:53 AM
Number 2 ranked D, Number 9 ranked O. So far, I'd say that McD and the coaches have done very well, and the players are doing just fine. Sure beats the "experts" projections. They do not need to tallk about the playoffs. "Fans" do that.

I am so damm happy for tehhteam and for McD. He sure did stick it to the critics......

Too bad some of the "OM Critics" have yet to STFU and quietly consume their serving of crow. Now that they've been proven wrong by the team, the coach(es) and the fans who were willing to give them a chance to show us what they as a team could accomplish, they start twisting their corncerns in an efford to deflect from their obvious lack of confidence and biased hatred.

Dagmar
12-16-2009, 09:54 AM
Are we guaranteed a spot with 10 - 6?

Beantown Bronco
12-16-2009, 09:57 AM
Are we guaranteed a spot with 10 - 6?

Not if both Jacksonville and Baltimore run the table.

Dagmar
12-16-2009, 10:01 AM
Not if both Jacksonville and Baltimore run the table.

Hence why And with home games remaining against conference bottom-feeders Oakland (4-9) and Kansas City (3-10), and a road game at NFC East leader Philadelphia, two victories would ensure the Broncos of their first playoff berth since 2005 unless two of their closest pursuers win all their remaining games. confused me.

Rock Chalk
12-16-2009, 11:07 AM
What part of "unless two of their closest pursuers win all their remaining games" confused you?

Dagmar
12-16-2009, 11:14 AM
What part of "unless two of their closest pursuers win all their remaining games" confused you?

Well I think it is quite obvious i didn't read the whole sentence SIR!

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