ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- Entering Week 6 of the season, it's not exactly make-or-break time for the Broncos.
But the importance of this Monday's divisional showdown in San Diego is not lost on the team.
"They’re all must-wins," linebacker
The Broncos, at 2-3, are a game behind the 3-2 Chargers in the AFC West. The club has a chance to force a tie atop the division as it enters its Week 7 bye.
"This is a big game for us to put ourselves back in the race and go into the bye week with a positive outlook," wide receiver
First, it's against the rival Chargers.
“We really don’t like them and they really don’t like us," Stokley said. "That’s kind of understood.”
In addition, the game comes before Denver's bye week, and Decker said that extra week is a long time to sit at home thinking about a loss.
To top it all off, the matchup airs on Monday Night Football under the lights of national television. The Broncos-Chargers tilt will be the only show in town.
“I think everybody’s always excited to play in that environment, but I don’t think we need that to get motivated and to get as prepared as we possibly can for this game," quarterback
In order to come away with a victory in what Head Coach John Fox called a "huge, pivotal game for both teams," the Broncos know the amount of work required of them during this week of practice.
Decker said that's not a problem for a team that features plenty of veteran leaders.
"You see guys that are hungry because there are winners in this locker room, and they’re used to being on top," he said. "The fact is that everybody is willing to put in the work and willing to go out and take care of their business."
Fresh off a loss in New England, the Broncos are anxious to get back in the win column.
“You couldn’t ask for any better opportunity to come out and redeem ourselves," Dumervil said. "So I think the guys are responding that way."