ENGLEWOOD, Colo. --Through six games, the Broncos are still looking to post back-to-back wins for the first time in 2012.
After winning in Week 1, Denver fell to Atlanta on Monday Night Football. The team followed its next victory over Oakland with a defeat at New England.
Now on the heels of a historic comeback win at San Diego in Week 6, the Broncos hope to string together consecutive wins with a victory against New Orleans.
"We've talked about that all season long," wide receiver Demaryius Thomas said. "To be a great team in this league, you have to string some wins together and you have to be consistent. That is our focus as well, trying to get on a streak. That comes down to one game at a time and making sure that we play each quarter to the best and we're making plays when we get the chance."
While the team would have liked to be above .500 at the bye week, what's in the past is in the past and the Broncos are working to start the next portion of the season on a positive streak.
"We can't take away the games that we've lost," defensive tackle Kevin Vickerson said. "All we can do is build on the positive notes that we've made throughout the season. It's going to be a long season. We've got another 10 games left, so we're trying to make sure the season goes the right way that we want it to go."
The first step towards a win streak came against the Chargers. The second step starts with the on-field preparation for this week's contest against New Orleans – a team on a two-game win streak of its own.
"It's not going to be easy," safety Rahim Moore said. "They did it these past two weeks. We're looking forward to it. All we have to do is just do our thing and play Bronco football."
ANOTHER PRO BOWL ARM
For the seventh game in a row, the Broncos defense will be faced with limiting a Pro Bowl quarterback.
This week, it's Drew Brees, who recently passed Johnny Unitas' record of 47 consecutive games with at least one touchdown pass.
"He's an all-time great in my eyes," Moore said. "A lot of people don't give him enough credit, I believe. But when you've done what he's done and won a Super Bowl in this league, sometimes you can't even explain it. With the Saints, you can't judge them by their record, you have to watch the film. When you look at Drew Brees, their offense, they can do it all."
Through six games in 2012, Brees leads the NFL with 349.5 passing yards and three passing touchdowns per game.
He set the league record with 5,476 passing yards last year, but at his current pace, he would top that by more than 100 yards.
"He makes great decisions, his throwing ability, he's very mobile," Moore said about Brees' strengths. "When it comes to throwing that ball and making that offense click, he's as good as it gets."
Having already faced four of the top 10 passers in terms of quarterback rating this season, the Broncos' secondary is prepared for another aerial assault on Sunday.
Despite going up against the talented group of quarterbacks to start the season, Denver ranks sixth in the NFL, having allowed only 1,292 passing yards (215.3 yards per game) this season.
"We know they're going to throw the ball, because that's what they do," said Tracy Porter, who spent four seasons practicing against Brees as a member of the Saints. "We have to do our best making our plays when we get the opportunity."
Practicing against a future Hall of Famer every day along with getting live game reps against a revolving door of Pro Bowlers to start the season has the Broncos defense ready for its upcoming challenge.
Last week the Broncos defense forced six takeaways from four-time Pro Bowler Philip Rivers.
Sunday, it will try to follow up its primetime success in front of another national television audience on Sunday Night Football.
"It really is crazy," Leonhard said. "We've played some great quarterbacks up to this point and I think we're holding our own. We have to make more plays, just like we did last week. It's all about turnovers. Brees is as efficient as they come, but you have to find ways to take the ball from him and that will be a big part of this game."
After having an extra week of rest, all of the Broncos participated in Wednesday's practice with the exception of defensive tackle Sealver Siliga who was out due to non-injury reasons.
Porter was listed as a limited participant while safety Mike Adams (knee), cornerback Chris Harris Jr. (ankle), guard Chris Kuper (forearm), tight end Jacob Tamme (hip), linebacker Danny Trevathan (thumb) and wide receiver Matthew Willis (hamstring) all fully participated in the padded practice.
For the Saints, running back Darren Sproles (non-injury related) and tight end Daniel Graham (knee) did not participate in practice. Tight end Jimmy Graham (ankle), wide receiver Joe Morgan (chest) and linebacker David Hawthorne were all listed as limited participants in Wednesday's practice.