Aug 28, 2014; Arlington, TX, USA; Denver Broncos receiver Andre Caldwell (12) catches a pass in the first quarter against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports
The Denver Broncos capped off their preseason on a very high note, dismantling the Dallas Cowboys’ backups on their home field to the tune of a 27-3 beatdown.
The Broncos also left six points on the board thanks to two missed field goals by new kicker Brandon McManus.
It was an impressive preseason for the Broncos, who allowed a total of 37 points through four preseason games, including a whopping total of three in their wins over San Francisco and Dallas. So many fans don’t really care too much about the last preseason game, but keep in mind the number of injuries the Broncos suffered last year and how many guys playing in the final preseason game made significant contributions to the defensive rotation last year.
These are the guys that round out your roster, the guys who are called upon to come in and make plays without a lot of rhythm off the sideline. These young players are worth watching, if for no other reason than their hunger to make an NFL roster, and that hunger was real on Thursday night.
The Broncos broke the ice on the scoreboard with a beautiful throw and catch from Brock Osweiler to Andre Caldwell setting up a short touchdown run by C.J. Anderson. After a field goal by the Cowboys, the Broncos answered with another touchdown run, this time from Kapri Bibbs.
Bibbs continued his strong preseason with the third touchdown of the night later in the contest, showing phenomenal burst that didn’t even really always show up on his Colorado State tape, shooting him from the backfield to the end zone like he was coming out of a cannon.
The Broncos’ defense was on point in this game, racking up four sacks, five tackles for loss, and five quarterback hits. They also picked off a pass and got their hands on another.
This is a team up and down the depth chart that appears poised for a championship run. They are so deep in key areas, and have guys who can flat out make plays. Even the undrafted free agents are showing out on the stat sheet and making it known that they are ready for NFL action.
With the preseason now in the books, it’s time to prepare for the Colts to come to town, but before we do, the Broncos will have some really tough calls to make in regards to getting the roster down to 53 players as well as 10 practice squad spots.