December 25, 2009
ENGLEWOOD – Football players love to use the cliché that they never look ahead. Looking in the past might be worse.
Try as they might, the Denver Broncos likely have had a tough time shaking their awful loss last weekend against the Oakland Raiders.
“Sometimes you don’t get over it,” defensive end Vonnie Holliday said. “You think about the Washington game, I don’t think that’s a game I’ll get over at all. Or this past Oakland game. You talk about the opportunity we had and how we would have set ourselves up, and we let that slip away.”
The Broncos (8-6) have little choice but to move on. They must win their final two games to guarantee a playoff spot. One loss and they could get in but would need help. Eight AFC wild-card contenders can finish 9-7.
On Friday, Denver coach Josh McDaniels said, “There will be no bullet we leave in the chamber,” acknowledging that his team has to win to control its playoff fate.
The job of winning Sunday at Philadelphia got tougher when receiver Eddie Royal (head/neck) and linebacker Spencer Larsen (hamstring) were ruled out. Cornerback Ty Law (hamstring) will be a game-time decision.
The Broncos say they have prepared well this week, and a win would help them forget about the loss to Oakland.
“You’ve got to let it get out of your system,” running back Correll Buckhalter said. “If you don’t, it’ll affect you.”