Yes, the beginning of training camp is nice. And those preseason games can be a little fun. But when you are a fan of the Denver Broncos . . . . it’s TODAY when it all starts.
The Broncos open the season tonight at home against the Indianapolis Colts, on Sunday Night Football.
Yes, there are cities and teams that don’t love this day as much as us – St. Louis comes to mind (baseball) or Los Angeles (NBA) or even Oakland (prison visitation day). But as Broncos’ fans, today is the day.
And won’t the Broncos alway be intertwined with the Colts? They would’ve anyway with just the Elway story. And of course add to it the Manning novel. And so here it is, the Colts are the first lap on the Road to the Super Bowl for the 2014 Broncos.
Last season the Colts dropped the Broncos from the unbeaten ranks. This season the Broncos should be the better team from beginning to end.
The Colts should be a more physical team despite having one of the premier quarterbacks in the league in Andrew Luck. Even though Trent Richardson can be a power back, the Colts don’t seem to want to take advantage of that. Richardson should be better, but the offensive line may not be. Of course the Broncos’ defensive line is their deepest position led by Terrance Knighton.
Montee Ball is getting his chance to be the man. Last season averaged 5.9 yards per carry on 65 attempts in November and December. That could be a good sign to keep the opposing defenses honest and not loading up in the defensive backfield. He played only one series in the preseason, so C.J. Anderson and Ronnie Hillman should be spelling Ball frequently.
Then of course there is Denver’s passing attack. Peyton Manning may be missing Wes Welker. That suspension hurts, but Elway and Co. had already created a “Welker concussion backup plan” in Emmanuel Sanders. Sanders has a chance to show why he could become the NFL’s best free-agent signing. With Demaryius Thomas, Julius Thomas and Andre Caldwell, Manning should still throw for over 300 yards and 4 touchdowns.
This is our holiday. So as long as it doesn’t come down to a 50-yard field goal without Matt Prater (suspension) our second favorite September holiday (Reaction Monday) will be a good one!!