Denver Broncos get weekend off to watch or not watch next opponent

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Dec 22, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Denver Broncos head coach John Fox salutes fans before the game against the Houston Texans at Reliant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Thomas Campbell-USA TODAY Sports
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KUSA - The opinions were mixed Friday at Dove Valley on whether to take the time during the Broncos' weekend off to watch the AFC wildcard games.

Denver practiced again Friday before getting another two days off during the first weekend of the playoffs. The top-seeded Broncos next play Jan. 12 against the lowest remaining seed out the wildcard games.

"I'll watch them in bits and pieces," coach John Fox said Friday. "We'll get pretty good views of it on our coaches' copies. They'll get pushed onto us on our iPads even at home and then we'll get started on-whoever our opponent is first thing Monday morning. Right now it's about us getting ourselves ready."

Kansas City plays at Indianapolis on Saturday (2:35 p.m. kickoff), and San Diego is at Cincinnati at 11 a.m. Sunday. If the sixth-seeded Chargers win, the Broncos will play San Diego in the next round. If Cincinnati wins, then Denver will play the winner of the Chiefs-Colts game.

The Broncos' coordinators differ on their view of viewing.

Defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio says he'll be watching because he's "a sports fan so I like watching game. I'll definitely be taking them in and have a special interest in the AFC games for sure."

But offensive boss Adam Gase worries he might start game-planning too much too soon.

"You don't want to dig too deep into it because you start having too many thoughts going through your head," Gase said. "We'll just sit back and watch and see what's going on. Whoever comes out of that thing then we just have to jump on it as quickly as possible and try to put a plan together."

The Broncos, who were off Tuesday and Wednesday this week, return to practice Monday morning to install their gameplan for the divisional game. The AFC championship game is Jan. 19 and would be in Denver if the Broncos advance.

"Mainly, I watch the games and see what's going on, what the team is doing new," receiver Demaryius Thomas said. "Of course, I'm going to see what the secondary, cornerbacks, what they're doing-to see what I've got to do to maybe get open and help our offense out."

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