And now, we wait.
We wait for the start of the game. Days leading into night games are fairly interminable, although moreso on the road than at home. There’s a little more to do at home, even if it’s as simple as watching the snow drop from the skies.
We wait for word on Champ Bailey, who is questionable for the game. One can presume he will test out the ailing quadriceps muscle at some point prior to the game. The Broncos have to determine their 45 active players 90 minutes before kickoff; sometime after that, we’ll know whether No. 24 will play or whether he’ll miss his first game in two years.
We wait to see how the re-jiggered offensive line will fare. The last time the Broncos lost Tom Nalen, they rebounded by defeating the New England Patriots in the following game, but then went 3-5 in the games that followed. In shifting over to center, Chris Myers has a comparable amount of experience to Ben Hamilton when he filled in for Nalen in 2002; Hamilton was a second-year player with seven starts at guard, while Myers is a third-year player with five starts at guard before moving over. While I’m curious to see how Myers fares, I’ll be watching Chris Kuper even more closely in his first NFL start.
We wait to see how the young wide receivers will fare. Was Glenn Martinez’s effort against the San Diego Chargers a one-time deal, or a hint at his future?
We wait to see how the special teams will look; after the bye and with the release of Domenik Hixon earlier this month, it’s almost like the return units have started over again. In coverage, they could be hindered if Bailey can’t go; he had a touchdown-saving tackle back in Week 1 at Buffalo.
We wait for the snow to stop falling, as is forecast for later in the afternoon. Of course, the ski resorts probably want it to keep dropping on the Mile High City, but I would like as safe a drive as possible coming back from the stadium for not only the 75,000-plus who’ll be there tonight, but also for me at 5 a.m. Monday morning, so the sooner it pauses, the more benign the now-slick roads will be after temperatures descend into the 20s tonight. The weather shouldn’t have much of an effect on the game tonight; the field is covered until the players begin warming up and the majority of the precipitation should have passed.
And now I’m going to wait for my fantasy team to score a few points. More from the stadium later; until then, vaya con Dios.