The Broncos haven't had a down-to-the-wire game in weeks. Will that affect them in the playoffs? Coach John Fox doesn't think so.
We emphasize getting better every week and diving into the preparation. The old adage that you play like you practice has been the best measuring stick that I know of. At this point in the season, an old track coach told me way back—when I was more svelte and faster—you never look at the finish.
You stay focused and you look straight ahead and you [don’t] look at the finish line. That’ll be our mindset. That’s how our guys have been good about it. They’ve been responsible about that. I don’t expect that to change.
Denver could fall into the trap of becoming overconfident if not for quarterback Peyton Manning and the even-keeled Fox running the show in Denver. Said Fox:
Right now, I know we can control our own destiny, but if we don’t play our best game against Cleveland this week, that will be all for naught. So all our focus will be on the Cleveland Browns, a team that’s won three out of four games, plus-7 in the turnover margin, beat two teams that are in the hunt on the AFC side for the playoffs.
It would be easy to overlook a team like Cleveland expecting to coast into the playoffs. Don't expect Fox to let that happen.
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