Denver Broncos: 16 Memorable Season Openers

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Aug 7, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) passes while under pressure from Seattle Seahawks defensive end Cliff Avril (56) in the first quarter of preseason game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

SEPTEMBER 13th, 1987

Even though Denver won the AFC title in 1986, there were as many sellers as buyers of the Broncos being a perennial AFC power. So they started 1987 by sending a message to the rest of the league, as well as the Seattle Seahawks with a 40-17 thrashing of their one-time divisional foe. The game was close at halftime with the Broncos leading 20-17 but the orange and blue outscored the blue and green 20-0 in the second half. The 1987 season was marred by a work stoppage which claimed week 3 of the season and watched sub-par replacement players try to compete in weeks 4 and 5. However Denver had already put its stamp on the season on opening day.