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Denver Broncos coach says winless Jacksonville Jaguars still tough

2:25 PM, Oct 9, 2013   |    comments
Oct 6, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Denver Broncos head coach John Fox talks with Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) in the fourth quarter of the game against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium. The Denver Broncos beat the Dallas Cowboys 51-48. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports
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KUSA - John Fox knows no one on the Denver Broncos is looking at Sunday's game against the winless Jacksonville Jaguars as an automatic win.

While the Broncos are a record four-touchdown favorite against the NFL's second-worst scoring team, Fox said Wednesday during a news conference at Dove Valley that all the focus is on stopping Jacksonville.

"We have enough veteran leadership in here," the Broncos coach told reporters Wednesday. "We don't look at records or point spreads. There is nobody here taking anybody lightly."

The Jaguars have scored just 51 points in five games; the Broncos lead the league having scored an NFL-record 230 points through the first five games.

In 1998, the 14-0 Broncos were a 15-point favorite against the New York Giants, who defensive coordinator was one John Fox. The Giants won 20-16.

When asked about the big point spread, quarterback Petyon Manning said the players don't care about spreads and predictions.

"We have never talked about that," Manning said. "It's completely irrelevant to me."

Fox said the good news out of Wednesday's practice was that cornerback Champ Bailey was able to practice at full speed for the first time since his preseason foot sprain. 

"With Champ, obviously, we've been smart," Bailey said. "He had a very, very good workout today."

But three of Bailey's defensive teammates were held out of practice: end Robert Ayers (shoulder), linebacker Wesley Woodyard (neck) and cornerback Chris Harris (concussion).


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