October 11, 2015; Oakland, CA, USA; Denver Broncos strong safety T.J. Ward (43) celebrates after the Oakland Raiders missed a field goal during the fourth quarter at O.co Coliseum. The Raiders defeated the Broncos 16-10. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
The Denver Broncos and Cleveland Browns square off for the first time since 2012 during a early afternoon game at FirstEnergy Stadium. These two teams go way back as they have played some classic games in the 1980s.
Both teams are at opposite parts of the spectrum. The Broncos are sitting at 5-0, but are not getting a lot of support other than the Broncos Country faithful. The Browns are 2-3, sitting just a game out of second place in the AFC North and three behind the undefeated Cincinnati Bengals.
What is interesting about the Browns season thus far is their quarterback. Josh McCown has his up and down games. However, he did perform well last week when the “new” Browns defeated the “old” Browns (the Baltimore Ravens) in overtime by a score of 33-30.
It is a funny thing, you never know which Browns team you will get in any given week. You will get either a Browns team that makes the right plays and win the game or a Browns team that will make enough plays but will not get the job done.
The Broncos open up as a four point favorite on the road. It is quite interesting that Vegas has gone below six points in this game. But with how the Broncos offense has been struggling and a somewhat scrappy Browns team, it does make a bit of sense.
It should be an interesting game. The Broncos will be looking to go 6-0 to start the season heading into their bye week. Let us take a look at the preview of this game. We start off with what has been buzzing around the Predominantly Orange site this week.
A new series by Aric Manthey covers a Broncos player who does not often get the star light but can make big plays when need be. This week, Aric decided to talk about David Bruton Jr., who is coming into his own on the Broncos defense and special teams.
If you all remember, his interception in Detroit helped set the stage for the touchdown that put the game away. He is a downright awesome guy, who even has his own community project called Bruton’s Books.
Injury news hit the Broncos home front on Monday. It is reported that Demarcus Ware will miss this weekend’s game with a back strain. This means that linebackers Shane Ray and Shaquil Barrett will need to step up in his absence.
Sayre Bedinger makes a good point in this piece. I am very interested to see how the two perform in extended time. An injury to a great player like Ware stings a bit, but it will test the depth of the defense.
The talk all over social media and among football analysis is about Peyton Manning. There are even some out there saying that the future Hall of Fame quarterback should be benched. What a ridiculous statement to make.
Sayre once again brings light to the situation. While he does not ignore the fact about Manning’s performance, he thinks benching is not the answer. Perhaps an adjustment to his game is needed. At least our fearless leader has not gone off the deep end. And it is a reasonable thing to see if Manning can adjust.
Next: Injury Report