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T.J. Ward and the Broncos have their mojo again

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Denver’s safety told The Afternoon Drive the team left it at home a few weeks ago but they got it ready for Sunday.

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The talk this week has been the benefit, if there is one, on playing a team just a few weeks after losing to it.

That’s the case the Denver Broncos are in as they face the San Diego Chargers one game removed from a loss on Thursday Night Football. Does that result add motivation? Is the team glad to get Philip Rivers and the Chargers so soon after that defeat?

Those were questions posed to Broncos safety T.J. Ward by Eric Goodman and Les Shapiro from The Afternoon Drive.

“Yeah, it’s good to get that rematch given how we played the last time,” Ward told the guys. “We just need to execute better. We need to come out focused and firing from the first snap. As long as we do that and play within ourselves, we’ll play good football.”

The big takeaway from Ward’s interview was the Broncos weren’t focused or prepared for the game. Perhaps some of that was due to the fact Gary Kubiak was resting at home and the fact they were on a short week. But as I said, it looked like a bunch of guys who hit the snooze button with how they played.

When it comes to Sunday’s game, that’s what must change. As John Elway said, the mojo is back, though Ward had a slight alteration

“I don’t think it was gone,” he said. “We left it at home. But we got it.”

Bonus listen: MHR’s Tim Lynch told the guys ____ would be the most brutal to lose to injury.