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Broncos hope that bye won’t sap their momentum

ENGLEWOOD – In some respects, the Broncos’ bye week comes at a perfect time. Monday night’s game came on the 80th day since the Broncos held their first training-camp practice; when they left team headquarters Wednesday, there were 74 days left in the regular season. If you’re going to get a “halftime” in a football year, this is the moment.

But while the Broncos go into the bye on the high of a 35-0 second-half whitewashing of San Diego that provided them their biggest comeback win in 33 years, they also could lose the momentum generated by such a performance.

“It’s definitely a great way to finish,” said safety Rahim Moore. “We showed some great signs of our capability and the type of team we want to be in the future. I’m happy for us. We’ve just got to build off this.”

Added tight end Jacob Tamme: “We definitely do have some momentum going. I think the bye will still be good, though. It’s a good time in the year to have it.”

Cornerback Chris Harris looked forward to hanging out with his wife and playing on his PlayStation 3, while also noting that he had to return to team headquarters to receive injury treatment; he hurt his ankle last month and missed just one game, but has been listed on every injury report since, even though he hasn’t missed a practice since Sept. 19. Moore planned to leave town, but still wanted to make time to study tape during the next few days.

Others, like Tamme, just wanted to escape the grind of the season.

“It’ll be good to get away for a couple of days, just refocus your mind and then come back ready to go,” he said.

“You’re in here all the time during the season, and it’s just kind of 24/7, your mind’s on it. It’s good to get away from it for a couple days, but yeah, we know who we’re playing coming up next (the New Orleans Saints) so after a few days, it’s never bad to start taking a little peek and start getting ahead on the next team.”

The last practice day before the bye has in many years resulted in a locker room of players stampeding for the showers and then the exit in a mad dash to make a plane flight as soon as possible. That was muted Wednesday, as for every player who plans to leave the Denver area, there’s one who intends to stay, like Harris and rookie Derek Wolfe.

“I don’t have the energy to get on a plane, to be honest,” Wolfe said.

Meanwhile, all John Fox cares about is his players relaxing — and not doing anything to draw undue attention, wherever they wind up.

“I have an old saying: I don’t want to read about you unless you win the lottery,” Fox said. “We’ll see. I’m hoping for the best.”

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