If you only watched the first half of tonight’s game, you would have assumed the rest of the season was a waste of time.
Hand the Broncos the AFC.
If you’d only watched the second half, well, you would have assumed the same thing. The only difference?
You’d hand the Broncos a top-ten draft pick.
And that was pretty much the game. It remains to be seen just how great this Broncos team is, despite the lofty predictions and expectations.
Crazy, stupid season.
What’s a Broncos season opener without multiple touchdown catches by Julius Thomas? Couldn’t tell you, actually.
Thomas, who scored twice in the 2013 season opener against Baltimore, caught seven passes for 104 yards and three scores.
Rahim Moore nabbed two interceptions, and Montee Ball added 83 yards from scrimmage and a touchdown.
Inactives: Broncos - LB Danny Trevathan, RB Ronnie Hillman, CB Kayvon Webster, G Ben Garland, WR Nathan Palmer, T Michael Schofield, DT Mitch Unrein
Colts - WR Da'Rick Rogers, RB Zurlon Tipton, S Sergio Brown, LB Henoc Muamba, G Joe Rietz, DT Montori Hughes
They were never likely to challenge Denver for the AFCW title, but there's still something comforting about seeing the Chiefs and Raiders open in losing fashion.
Knowshon Moreno lit up New England in his Dolphins debut, rushing for 134 yards and a touchdown on 24 carries.
Miami took down the visiting Patriots 33-20 by shutting them out 23-0 in the second half.
The Broncos outgained the Cowboys 357 to 165 in yardage, C.J. Anderson punched in a one-yard touchdown, and Kapri Bibbs scored twice.
Brock Osweiler threw for 190 yards and ran for 29 more, while Isaiah Burse added 153 all-purpose yards.
Happy Thursday, friends. Let's watch some backups and fringe guys battle it out for a few roster spots! This is going to be the last time many of these dudes will be NFL players, and we're going to send them off warmly after the jump.
Tonight in Denver, fall was in the air.
For the first time, it felt like football.
For the first time, I got antsy for the preseason to end.
Or maybe it was just the thought of Wes Welker headed to the locker room with a possible concussion.
As least Welker will have another week to heal. Otherwise, I’d say let’s skip Dallas and get right to the Colts.
Peyton Manning threw for 243 yards and two picturesque long touchdowns to Emmanuel Sanders, who returned from a nagging quad injury in electric fashion.
It’s too bad the preseason means about as much as a political campaign ad. If things were different, the Broncos would be the hottest team in the NFL right now. In consecutive weeks, they’ve dispatched the Seahawks and 49ers, arguably the two toughest teams in the NFC.
Still, it’s okay to keep hope alive. The Broncos are going to be the frontrunners for awhile—at least until the playoffs.
And don’t forget, they’re still short veterans Chris Harris and Von Miller.
Who said politics can’t be fun?