Broncos Have Bye; Time To Rest

Last Sunday, the Denver Broncos received a spectacular belated Christmas gift with a bye, their first considerable rest since a Week 4 bye in early October. With that said, they have a great chance to lick their wounds and get ready for what lies ahead in the next few weeks.

First of all, as per information I have obtained from Broncos vice president of public relations, Patrick Smyth, this is the third consecutive season the Broncos have enjoyed a bye in the postseason and the 12th in history.

The Broncos obtained their first postseason bye in 1978, and are 13-10 (.565) in the postseason when they do have a bye, including winning the Super Bowl in the 1998 season when they had home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs.

In the divisional round all-time, the Broncos are 9-5 (.643) and 8-3 at home (.727) in such scenarios. Thus, history is on the Broncos’ side and while legendary signal-caller Peyton Manning has not been practicing the past couple of days, in addressing Denver media, Broncos head coach John Fox said he expects Manning to practice next week.

As of the present moment, we know that the Broncos will be playing either the #3 AFC seed Pittsburgh Steelers, the #4 AFC seed Indianapolis Colts or the #5 AFC seed Cincinnati Bengals Sunday January 11 at 2:40 p.m. MST in a game nationally broadcast on CBS.