It’s only the preseason, but a win feels great nonetheless, right? DHF will have reaction and insight from the Denver Broncos 31-3 preseason victory later, but first, here are the day’s headlines.
Peyton Manning has his moments in Broncos’ 31-3 rout of Chicago Bears - He is Peyton Manning, not Perfect Peyton. There were encouraging throws. There was a discouraging interception. There was a lucky bounce. There was an unlucky deflection. There was evidence of rust. There were glimpses from a successful past in a 31-3 Broncos rout. All in all, Peyton Manning showed the football world Thursday night in a preseason game against the Chicago Bears that he is back. Back playing quarterback again. Back playing not for the blue and white Indianapolis Colts, his team of the previous 14 seasons, but for the white, blue and orange Broncos. Read more from the Denver Post >>>>
Broncos RB Knowshon Moreno and rookie DL Derek Wolfe strong in exhibition - Think of it as a summer concert series. While Peyton Manning’s return to the field after 19 months between in-game appearances was the headliner for the evening at Soldier Field, the Broncos had plenty of other acts they wanted to see on the main stage, including a running back trying to claw his way back up the depth chart and a rookie defensive lineman who flashed big-time potential. Read more from the Denver Post >>>>
Another Step on the Comeback Path - First it was participating in the team’s offseason conditioning program, followed by OTAs, minicamps and then came training camp. Thursday, quarterback Peyton Manning checked off another milestone on his road back from the injury that forced him to miss the entire 2011 season. Though he played only 12 snaps in Denver’s preseason-opening 31-3 win at Chicago, Manning said it felt good to get back on the field. Read more from Denver Broncos >>>>
Preseason Opens With Convincing Win - Thursday night at rainy Soldier Field, quarterback Peyton Manning took his first snaps in an NFL game in nearly two years. The four-time NFL MVP kicked off a 31-3 Broncos win against the Chicago Bears by leading the Denver offense on an 11-play, 60-yard drive into the red zone, but a tipped pass ended the drive with an interception. ”It’s disappointing, obviously, any time you get down in the red zone and don’t come away with points,” said Manning, who called Thursday’s preseason opener “a decent start.” Read more from Denver Broncos >>>>
Peyton Manning’s Denver Broncos built to win by John Elway - Had John Elway said it on any other day, the line he delivered when quarterback Peyton Manning signed with the Denver Broncos would’ve carried much more weight. ”My goal,” the Broncos legend-turned-executive said March 20, “is to make Peyton Manning the best quarterback to ever play the game.” Nice. Tidy. And splashy enough to make it into every news story that chronicled the league-shaking event. But the natural follow-up question was never broached, maybe because all of us in attendance were trying to delve into the past — to chronicle the mind-blowing two weeks of Manning’s unemployment — rather than peer into the future. Read more from NFL Network >>>>
Broncos say Tebow could cause Jets controversy - Mention the Jets’ unorthodox quarterback plans to Tim Tebow’s former Denver teammates, then watch them smile, turn their heads and chuckle. Even the Broncos players who number themselves among Tebow’s biggest fans struggle to see how the Jets are going to make him sharing the duties with starter Mark Sanchez work for very long — if at all. “I’ve always been told that if you say you have two quarterbacks, it means you really don’t have confidence in your [starter],” Broncos Pro Bowl linebacker Von Miller told The Post recently. “I don’t know how that’s going to work, but Tim is definitely going to make it tough for Sanchez.” Read more from New York Post >>>>