DENVER (CBS4) – At least one Broncos player — and probably many more — let out a cheer when the Miami Dolphins beat the New England Patriots on Sunday.
“I was in my place and watching that game and gave out a little cheer when that one was over,” offensive lineman Zane Beadles told CBS4.
The Miami win, of course, means the Broncos control their destiny in their quest for the AFC No. 1 seed in the playoffs. The Broncos already have a playoff berth secured, now they are shooting for the best possible position in the playoffs — home field advantage throughout. By losing on Sunday, the Patriots made that road a lot easier for Denver.
Beat the lowly Texans next Sunday and the Raiders in the season’s last game and Broncos have got it.
“It’s always nicer to play at home. You don’t have to worry about traveling. You get to sleep in your own bed,” Beadles said. “It makes things easier.”
So why is home field advantage so important for the Denver Broncos, especially considering what happened in January in the Broncos home playoff game against the Ravens?
“We still have to go out and take care of business. That’s the bottom line, and that’s something we didn’t do last year. It’s something we need to get ready for and hopefully do this year,” Beadles said.
The Broncos only rushed for 18 yards in their last game — Thursday night’s loss to the Chargers at home. Beadles said the offensive line will be “working on the little details” as they try to establish a balanced offense once again.
“We need to make the most of our opportunities and be efficient in the run game,” Beadles said. “Anytime we get out on that field we need to put our best foot forward and put our best product on the field, and we didn’t do that last week.”
While he was on the couch watching Sunday’s NFL games, Beadles said he also “got away from football a little bit” over the weekend.
“I didn’t go in the facility. I had a couple days off and kind of recharged the batteries,” he said.
The Broncos are back in action on Monday and preparing for their game in Houston on Sunday. Watch the game at 11 a.m. on CBS4.