Every Broncos fan was watching the Dolphins take on the New England Patriots, hoping something good would come from it. It sure did, as the Dolphins stopped Tom Brady in the winding seconds to take a 24-20 win. The Patriots’ loss puts the Broncos right back into the driver’s seat for home-field advantage in the AFC Playoffs, and with a favorable schedule remaining on the road against the Houston Texans and Oakland Raiders, the Broncos are right back to controlling their own destiny for home field.
The best part about this is that Peyton Manning does not have to play in cold weather for the final two games, as playing in Texas and California is not exactly like playing in Colorado or the northeast. Now more than ever, the Broncos need to take care of business against two opponents who are a combined 6-22 on the season.
This should be a walk in the park for the Broncos, but they have to keep in mind that while these two teams have nothing more to play for but pride, they can play spoiler and the Broncos cannot afford that kind of letdown for the rest of the regular season.
The Dolphins gave the Broncos a gift. Now it is time for them to take advantage and make the road through the playoffs a favorable one by staying home throughout January.