The Denver Broncos enter their bye week in Week 9 at a record of 7-1.
If the season ended today, the Broncos would enter the postseason as a wild-card team as the No. 5 seed. Despite their 7-1 record, Denver does not even have the best record in its own division—that distinction belongs to the 8-0 Kansas City Chiefs.
In spite of that, the Broncos rest comfortably entering their bye. Entering Week 10, the Broncos have a tough, four-game stretch in which the Broncos will have every opportunity to surpass their AFC West rivals, as they visit San Diego after the bye, play the Chiefs twice and visit New England to play the Patriots in Foxboro.
As key players such as Peyton Manning, Julius Thomas and Champ Bailey rest nagging injuries, what are five things to look out for as the Broncos take a week off?