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Fox not concerned over close game with Dallas

ENGLEWOOD- Broncos head coach John Fox has done his best to keep his team even-keeled all season. After blowout wins, he maintains that they still have much to improve on. And after Denver won in a game against the Dallas Cowboys that saw an offensive explosion for both teams, he praised the character of the team in their ability to hang on for the victory.

The Broncos now face a much easier task by taking on the lowly Jacksonville Jaguars at Sports Authority Field on Sunday. The Jags are 0-5 on the season and have scored a total of 51 points, as pointed out by the Broncos on Twitter Monday.

The Broncos opened up a record 27.5-point favorite against the Jags, something that Fox says doesn’t affect his or the team’s mindset.

“I don’t look at point-spreads. We look at the tape. I’ve mentioned that many times. One thing I’ve learned is if you fall asleep at the wheel, you wreck,” he said Monday. “We’ll just look at our preparation. We’ll look at the tape. All of that junk is for other people; it doesn’t have anything to do with us.”

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The Broncos have been on a roll since the 2013 season, which almost every media outlet placing them atop their power rankings. A tough win like the one against Dallas shows the Broncos can also grind it out in tight situations, only adding to the mystique the team is carrying so far this year. But is there any danger of the Broncos finding themselves over-confident at any point this year?

“No, I think in general, in life, you’re dealing with either adversity or prosperity,” Fox said. “Sometimes dealing with prosperity is more difficult than the adversity. Our guys understand that. They understand it’s more about the process than the results. They understand it’s more about the preparation work which will relate to the performance. All that other stuff they don’t really pay attention to.”

The Broncos can now put the Dallas game behind them and focus on getting players back healthy and into the tough stretch of their schedule, which will include trips to Indianapolis and New England as well as two games against the Kansas City Chiefs.

“I think it was a character win. I’m very pleased with our team. It was a very tough environment to play in, against a division-leading team for an opponent,” Fox said. “I think any time you go on the road in this league you’re happy to get out with a win. Concerns—you’re concerned with everything. There are a lot of things we can improve at. I kind of like the fact that we were down 14 and I got to watch the grit. Things have gone a little smoother for us so far this season. And then we came up with a huge play when we needed it, defensively. Without that, I’m not sure what happens. So overall, I’m just really happy with the nitty-gritty performance by our team. We went up against a good football team in a tough place to play.”

Dan Mohrmann is a staff writer for Mile High Sports. He can be reached via email at dan@milehighsports.com or on Twitter @DanMohrmann.

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