The Denver Broncos steamrolled through the NFL regular season, waiting for months to finally play a meaningful football game. Sure, every game in the NFL appears to be meaningful, but we all knew the Broncos were going to make the playoffs as soon as Peyton Manning came out and dismantled the Baltimore Ravens on opening night. Now they have their division rival San Diego Chargers coming to town in the playoffs, and they should be nervous.
I’m a New England Patriots fan, so I’ve had many more good experiences with my team than bad ones in the recent past. One bad memory that does stand out, however, is when the division rival New York Jets came into our house and served us an old-school beatdown in the playoffs a few years ago. The lesson learned? You never want to see an in-division team come playoff time, no matter how much better you may be.
The Broncos better be thinking the same thing this week as they prepare to face the Chargers in the divisional round of the playoffs. Teams like the Chargers and Broncos, that play twice a year, know each other inside and out, and that familiarity is exactly what makes an upstart underdog like the Chargers so dangerous this time of year.
Sure, the Broncos will probably win because they are the better team and they have one of the best home-field advantages in all of sports. But, the Chargers won’t be afraid one bit of a team that they have the experience of playing against, and beating, earlier in the season.
Manning and the Broncos had better not take the Chargers lightly, or they will find themselves once again on the wrong end of a home playoff game.