Staying Strong

It's nearly halfway through the pro football season, and the league is starting to get a sense of which teams will compete for a spot in the playoffs and, eventually, a championship. Unfortunately, several teams have also started to realize that this probably won't be their year. But whether teams are 6-0 or 0-6, they have one thing in common. They will all prepare for every game the rest of the way and put forth their best efforts.

Denver Broncos: The Broncos are one of the most surprising and exciting teams in the league. Under their young first year coach Josh McDaniels, the undefeated Broncos have risen to the top of the AFC West. One of the main reasons for their success is that the Broncos believe in themselves. Nobody thought they would be this good except for themselves. Now that confidence is paying off, as Denver is one of the best teams in football.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Even though the Bucs have stumbled to an 0-6 record, they still have a lot to play for. First of all, they play for pride. These are professional athletes who will compete every time they take the field. Also, new players have a chance to prove that they belong playing pro football. On a losing team, the coaches are more willing to take chances. Rookie Josh Freeman is taking over the role of starting quarterback, something that might not have happened if his team was in championship contention. Now, though, management is willing to take a chance to find out what the young player can do.

Pro football, like all sports, isn't just about winning and losing. Championship games do get a lot of attention. But a lot more goes into the sport. Even on losing teams, players compete to the best of their abilities every week. They work hard and put in a good effort, which can be just as rewarding as scoring more points than other teams.

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