Broncos will watch games this weekend, just more intently than most fans

By FRANK SCHWAB THE GAZETTE Updated: January 6, 2006 at 12:00 am • Published: January 6, 2006
ENGLEWOOD - When the NFL playoffs begin Saturday, the Denver Broncos will be watching just like everybody else. Denver, which as a first-round bye, won’t know its first playoff opponent until after the late game on Sunday is finished.
If Cincinnati beats Pittsburgh Sunday afternoon, the Broncos will play the Bengals on Saturday, Jan. 14 at Invesco Field at Mile High. If Cincinnati loses, the Broncos will play the winner of Saturday night’s New England-Jacksonville game. When the Broncos study film of their opponents they use overhead camera shots from midfield and each end zone that shows every player on the field. They won’t see everything with the tight television angles, but they can use their own technology to get a head start on scouting. “I got TiVo,” linebacker Al Wilson said, referring to the digital recorder that can rewind television broadcasts. “You can do a lot with TiVo. It shouldn’t be that hard. You can get a feel from that.” Some players said they would casually watch this weekend’s games, because it is a rare chance to relax and watch the games as a fan, and television angles don’t offer that much information. Others said they can’t help but watch with their playoff future in mind. “It would be impossible for me to watch it as a fan,” fullback Kyle Johnson said. “The only people that can watch it as fans are the teams that aren’t in the playoffs. Even if I were to watch a NFC wild-card playoff game, I’d watch it from the perspective of a potential opponent.” CONTACT THE WRITER: 476-4891 or fschwab@gazette.com.
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