Last Thursday the city of Denver witnessed the much-anticipated opening drive of the Broncos led by Peyton Manning.
Denver’s first drive, orchestrated by the meticulous field general, totaled 10 plays, four of which started in shotgun formation. Manning chewed up 5:39, but was intercepted at the 2-yard line after an errant pass off the hands of intended receiver Brandon Stokley.
Although Denver’s first team didn’t score with Manning at the helm, they did eventually score and with ease against Chicago’s first and second teams. Surprisingly the only passing touchdown came not at the hands of Manning or even second-stringer Caleb Hanie, but Denver’s rookie work prodigy Brock Osweiler, who connected with ex-Jags’ receiver Jason Hill on a post for 19 yards and the touchdown.
By the end of the day Denver’s offense posted 31 points while Denver’s defense held “Da Bears” to just 3 points. This Saturday Aug. 18, the Broncos will host Pete Carroll’s Seattle Seahawks at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Denver will more than likely showcase Manning for one series before letting Hanie and company take the field. Denver’s offensive line appears to have improved a great deal since last year allowing Manning to stand confidently in the pocket on several plays. Denver’s defense also appears to have improved since last year shutting down Chicago’s inept second and third string offense last Thursday.
The real test for the Broncos will come on week one of the regular season when Denver hosts the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday night.
Olympic Count: When all was said and done the popular Summer Olympics hosted by London showcased the world’s best athletes. Beyond the pomp and circumstance and glitz, the incredible talent and hard work of so many Olympians was the reigning factor as the contest ended with closing ceremonies on Sunday, Aug. 12. Below are the top 10 Olympic medal winners.