But the players are remaining grounded by emphasizing the need to get better with each game they play.
“(Rankings) don’t mean anything for us, it’s just about getting better and playing good football and playing your best football in January,” wide receiver
With only one regular-season game left before postseason play, Sunday’s contest against the Kansas City Chiefs offers the next opportunity to improve.
A Broncos win secures the AFC’s No. 2 seed and the first-round bye that comes with it.
“We control our own destiny,” wide receiver
The Broncos can also lock up the No. 2 seed with a Patriots loss, and still have a chance at the No. 1 seed, should they beat the Chiefs and the Houston Texans lose to the Indianapolis Colts.
Houston and Indianapolis kick off at 11 a.m. MST and should be wrapping up right around the Broncos-Chiefs kickoff. New England hosts Miami at the same time as Denver plays. Despite having an interest in those games, all of the Broncos’ attention will be on their own action this Sunday.
“You have to worry about controlling your own destiny,” safety
Throughout the team’s current 10-game win streak, the Broncos have gotten better with each game – and have been racking up wins in the process.
The team hopes to continue that trend in their final tune-up before the single-elimination playoff tournament begins.
“We’re focused on trying to get better,” quarterback
Despite being pegged as Super Bowl favorites by observers outside of the team’s Dove Valley headquarters, nobody on the Broncos is letting that praise get to their head.
“It doesn’t work out like that all the time,” Fox said. “You have to earn this between the lines. It won’t affect our attitude or mindset moving forward.”
The team still has work to do and the noise from the outside isn’t distracting from the club’s ultimate goals.
“We haven’t done much yet,” defensive end