Next Sunday, the Broncos will welcome either the Colts or the San Diego Chargers ,depending on how the Chargers’ game against the Cincinnati Bengals ends. No matter who the Broncos end up playing in the divisional round, there will be one thing on their mind— redemption. The Broncos have lost to both of these teams. The Colts gave the Broncos their first loss of the season back in Week 7 in Indianapolis, 39-33. In that game, the defense had a rather horrible first half and the offensive line could not protect Peyton Manning as it was the first game in which Manning was harassed by the defensive line led by Robert Mathis. Then you have the Chargers, who handed the Broncos their most recent loss by ways of controlling time of possession and keeping Manning off the field. Two teams, two different game plans on beating the Broncos.
With the bye week, the Broncos should be able to plan well, but sometimes it takes more than planning to win a game. This was seen in last year’s playoffs when even though the Broncos played the Baltimore Ravens in the regular season, they could not fend off the Ravens in the postseason. They will take that playoff loss as a lesson on to never underestimate your opponent. But with the Broncos losing to these two teams recently, that should give them all the motivation to perform at a high level and advance where they have not been since 2005, an AFC Championship Game.