Judging by the scarcity of players working with strength and conditioning coach Luke Richesson to the side, the bye week did the battered Denver Broncos an abundance of good.
The Indianapolis Colts took care of the Cincinnati Bengals Sunday afternoon, meaning a matchup between Peyton Manning’s Denver Broncos and his former team.
Instead of revving their high-octane offense like they did a year ago, Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos pumped the brakes heading into these playoffs.
As the dandy dozen prepare for the playoffs, here’s a look at the signature strength of each team along with their most worrisome weakness.
Aside from Von Miller, Denver’s once-deep linebacker corps has been reduced to four guys playing their first NFL season and an undrafted third-year pro who’s started just five games.
He hasn’t done it often in his career, but on Sunday Peyton Manning threw a block for his running back. Teammate Rahim Moore was amused on the sidelines.
Talib’s performance was central to the the defense’s snuffing out of a Chargers comeback attempt in San Diego on Sunday.
The Bengals are hot off a blowout of the rival Browns last Sunday, just in time for the Broncos. It will be a massive Monday Night match-up when these two playoff hopefuls meet, as Cincinnati’s postseason lives are on the line.
Multiple coaching mistakes in the first half kept the game close, but the Broncos were able to edge out the Chargers for the 22-10 win. It was a great day for defense and the special teams were at their best of the entire season.
With just three games left in the regular season, the Denver Broncos can clinch the AFC West and at least one home playoff game with a win at San Diego on Sunday.