Joe Flacco had a tough first half but played better in the second. Fortunately, the Ravens didn't have to count on him to make a lot of tight passes in the second half. He threw a lot of jump balls in the second half, and basically that was all that was needed. (Baltimore Sun photo by Lloyd Fox /January 6, 2013)
For all the worry about how a bye week can abduct a performance edge from a top-seeded playoff team, it does have one significant redeeming value.
In terms of bones, muscles, joints and ligaments, the week off helped the AFC's No. 1-seeded Broncos to feel much better about themselves. A couple players were dealing with a virus Monday. But while medicine can help treat illness, there is nothing like rest to heal the body.
To begin, there's a decent chance running back Willis McGahee will be able to practice with the team Tuesday.
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