The Denver Broncos Return Tonight!


Denver Broncos football is back!

While much of the country got to celelbrate the return of football yesterday, the Denver Broncos are going to take the field tonight, for their first preseason game of the year. It’s being played in Seattle.

Yeah, it may not be a home game, but doesn’t it feel good to actually have Broncos football again?

The preseason is always something of a trick. You get all excited for it, and then they sit the starters. Peyton Manning is out, and now sources are saying Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders won’t play either. So, should you be pumped for the game?

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Yes, you absolutely should. Remember, it’s not about winning or losing in the preseason. Here are a few things to look for:

1. The new offense.

Denver is going to show off their new offensive set. No matter who is under center or carrying the ball, this is going to look different than it has in years. Pay attention to the line and the zone blocking system, and it can be a lot of fun to see how it all falls into place.

2. Brock Osweiler.

He’s been a backup ever since he was drafted, and this is his contract year. The Broncos are going to give him a lot of snaps tonight, all the way from the opening quarter. Not only will it be nice to see how he plays, but they’re going to push him. Don’t expect him just to do a bunch of vanilla sets and not show anything. Denver needs to know if he can run a real offense, and the only way to do it is to amp things up and have him play like it’s a normal game.

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3. The new defense.

Overlooked in all the talk about the new offense is the fact that the Broncos have a new defensive coordinator in Wade Phillips. He may not have had much success as a head coach, but his work as a defensive coordinator has been brilliant. Hopefully, he can get this defense flying around and causing turnovers, something Jack Del Rio did not do enough of.

4. The running backs.

C.J. Anderson should be the main back, but there are a few questions after that. Is Montee Ball ever going to look elite, or is he done? Is Ronnie Hillman going to step up? Which of the younger backs are going to make the team? They’ll all be working hard to show they fit perfectly in this new system.

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