The leaves are beginning to fall, the weather is cooling down, and in the next couple of months, and the chairlifts at the mountain resorts will rev their engines for the first time this ski season. More importantly, pro football is back in the state of Colorado. I love this time of year! Tomorrow’s preseason game marks the beginning of many things: Josh McDaniels coaching debut on his field against another team for the first time, the Cutler v. Orton comparison, what the Denver fans/Brian Dawkins can do to pump up the new 3-4 defense, and how our new team will play under the deep blue sky at Invesco.
After cringing and wallowing (most of us from our armchairs) through the first two preseason games, many of us get to see our team live – where an Orton boo goes straight to his ears or where a Royal cheer can be felt from very near. When my team plays at home, I feel like I’ve got more control over the outcome of the game whether or not I attend. Maybe it’s because I trust that fellow Broncos fans will help carry the team through, or maybe it’s because I know the team usually plays better at home. Either way, that stadium is going to be loud tomorrow – forget the F-16 flyover and the fireworks – think 75,000 people verbally exploding after the hellish off season we’ve had.
I can’t remember a time when there has been more hype surrounding a Broncos preseason game. The game is televised nationally and while all eyes will be on Cutler and Orton, this Broncos team has much to prove. They need to prove that they can do well without Brandon Marshall on the field, that they have a running game, that they can avoid turnovers, that they can sack, intercept, and walk all over Cutler’s new blue and orange jersey, but most importantly, they need to prove that they can win a game. The world is watching.
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