DENVER (CBS4) – Denver Broncos cornerback Chris Harris believes that even though it’s only the third week of the season, the next game against the Super Bowl champions is more important than any other right now and called it a “statement game.”
“We just need to let everybody know that we are the real deal, we’ve got to take it week to week and every game is important in this league, but of course this game is more important than any other,” Harris said on Xfinity Monday Live!
Harris said obviously they can’t perform like they did in the Super Bowl against the Seahawks, but they also can’t afford to perform like they did last week against the Chiefs.
“We’ve got to be more sound fundamentally, don’t kill ourselves with penalties,” Harris said. “You can’t beat yourself up on the road.”
Harris has waited a long time for this matchup with Seattle because he didn’t get to play in the Super Bowl due to a torn ACL. Not only did Harris miss the big game, several of his fellow defensemen were also out, including Von Miller, Kevin Vickerson, Rahim Moore and Derek Wolfe. Offensive lineman Ryan Clady also missed the Super Bowl.
“Especially Ryan Clady for their d-line. You’ve got to have him to be able to block their d-line, that’s how good they are,” Harris said.
He said the game won’t necessarily be about pride, but more about respect.
“Every football game there’s pride and manhood … and you always want to be tough every game … we just want to show that teams are going to have to respect us and show that it’s going to be a dogfight every time you play the Broncos, and we’re going to make you work for everything.”
Seattle went to San Diego last Sunday and their vaunted defense gave up 30 points. Even though Harris hasn’t had a chance to look at the game video closely yet, he doesn’t think the Seahawks gave something away in the 30-21 loss.
“I just think Phillip Rivers and them, they did a good job with the ball control, didn’t beat themselves, they ran the ball pretty well, and they just made plays in the red zone. That’s what you have to do,” Harris said. “Antonio Gates made a few plays, so we need Julius (Thomas) to have a huge game.”
There was a lot of hubbub coming out of the Chargers’ locker room saying Keenan Allen got the best of outspoken Seahawk cornerback Richard Sherman with Rivers going five-for-five on Sherman’s side of the field. They said he was “exposed” as a cornerback.
“I (saw) Sherman’s stats and they say he gave up only three catches. I wouldn’t call that ‘exposed’ because … he didn’t give up any explosive (plays) or touchdowns,” Harris said. “That’s not being exposed. They just got a couple first downs on him, three catches, that’s nothing big at playing at corner.”
Despite Sherman’s excellent coverage, Harris sees no reason why Peyton Manning won’t throw to his side.
Watch more of the video with Chris Harris in the Xfinity Monday Live! section.
– By Matthew J. Buettner, CBSDenver.com
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