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Learning From a Loss

Posted Dec 21, 2011

Captains Champ Bailey and Brian Dawkins are confident the Broncos will bounce back with a determined effort in Buffalo after falling to the Patriots.


ENGLEWOOD, Colo. – A high level of concentration and execution is no doubt required to win six straight games in the National Football League.

But can a humbling loss further sharpen that focus?

“Yeah, somewhat,” cornerback Champ Bailey said. “You hate to lose to try to learn lessons, but if you’re fortunate enough to still be in a good position when you lose, it sometimes can be good for you.”

Bailey and his teammates still find themselves in a good position after a 41-23 loss to the New England Patriots last week.

The Broncos maintained their one-game lead in the AFC West thanks to Oakland’s loss to the Detroit Lions and they’re in control of their postseason fate with two games remaining.

Still, the Denver locker room was visibly disappointed with mistakes that helped Tom Brady and the Patriots build a sizeable advantage to end their six-game win streak.

But Brian Dawkins made it clear there will be no hangover effect Saturday in Buffalo when the Broncos try to bounce back from their first loss in seven weeks.

“Absolutely not. There is no hangover,” Dawkins said. “We played a very, very good team. We understand that. We left a lot of things on the field, mistakes-wise. Those are the things you can't allow to have happen. So we learn from those mistakes and this week we know we have a tough Buffalo team.”

“We're going to put on our hard hats and business suit for this business trip and go out there and try to play our best ball again.”

Bailey expects to see a refocused team take the field against the Bills as the regular season nears its conclusion.

“The focus is there,” Bailey said. “I feel real good about the past two days of practice because guys seem to be refocused.”

“You hate to go through a loss to get you to do that, but whatever it takes.”