The Denver Broncos will take on the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday, in a game that's also a potential playoff preview. Broncos cornerback Champ Bailey spoke with Les and Tom on 102.3 The Ticket in Denver recently and spoke about how this may be his last, best chance to finally win a Super Bowl.
On the topic of whether this game was more important than others, considering the possible playoff implications:
"It's a conference opponent and it has some significance to it, but at the same time it's just another week for us to get better, go out here and prove that we can play with the best of them. Baltimore's one of the top teams in our conference, so it would be good to go out there and get a win against them."
On why this year's team, as opposed to last year's playoff team, feels like a more legitimate contender to win the Super Bowl:
"I think because the expectations are there. If you have expectations to do things that are great, and then you do it, it feels real. Last year, nobody expected us to do anything. And then we started 1-4; we had a quarterback who had limited throwing ability, unconventional offense, whatever it may be. That surprised a lot of people. ... But now you've got a great quarterback that's done a lot of things in this league. It just feels good."
The Broncos have jumped out to a 10-3 record this year, and are a real danger to win the Super Bowl with Peyton Manning at quarterback. They have already clinched the AFC West crown, and are only one game behind the Houston Texans for the best record in the AFC. A win against Baltimore gives the Broncos a realistic shot of finishing the season at 13-3.