They know that, too. The Broncos last took to the field to face the New York Jets in a surprising 23-0 triumph. First, where has this been for eight weeks? Additionally, Indianapolis enters this Thursday night pairing riding a 4-game losing streak after going a month without cracking the W column.
"It's big for him, and it's big for us", Bowles said of the injury's impact.
Added quarterback Trevor Siemian: "I think you hear a lot of guys upset about the Thursday games, but in our case, I mean, this is flawless". Get your 100% signup bonus today.
"I thought Bill called a game to win", Joseph said, giving the stamp of approval to his interim offensive coordinator. But they arrived at their league-mandated short week in a far better mood.
Petty started four games past year, completing 58.5 percent of his passes with two touchdowns and five interceptions. The Broncos finally showed up and played a complete game to win their first match-up since October.
He's also dealing with another roadblock in a career that has been full of them. If there's anything good about McCown going down, it's that the Jets are more or less guaranteed to lose the next three games.
Although the Broncos' run-game statistics won't bring out the confetti - 84 yards on 35 carries, or 2.4 yards per run - it was all about the tempo and the composure, about the Broncos' being in charge.
For the first time in over 70 days, the dialogue, tone, message and mood was drastically different at the UC Health Training Center the day following a Denver Broncos game. We still have more tests we can do and look at. We've been backed up for two months. "It looks really simple, but it's not".
The contest will mark the 24th all-time regular season meeting between the teams, with the Broncos leading the series, 13-10.
Taylor, a 6-foot-5 wide receiver who is nine inches taller than McKenzie, spent his entire rookie season on the Broncos' practice squad in 2015 and was mostly known as Peyton Manning's personal workout partner while the five-time MVP worked his way back from a foot injury to help the Broncos win Super Bowl 50. But they got another glimpse Sunday of what might have been without so many turnovers, without so many mixed messages on offense, without so many penalties, without so much of what has ailed them. "And that's what we did yesterday, and we played a good football game".
The Broncos had finally seen enough from the rookie they had drafted specifically to return punts.