12:00 p.m. MST: Ah, good to be back at INVESCO Field after an off week. It’s football time again in Broncos Country. It’s a warm day in Denver — right now Weather.com says it’s 71 degrees, and the high could get up to 75 — so it’s no surprise that it looks like more players than normal are out on the field warming up a little early. It’s nice out there.
Brandon Marshall is on the field in his trademark pajama bottoms, and Jay Cutler is throwing passes to a few receivers — Brandon Stokley just ran a quick post route.
12:05 p.m. MST: There’s a lot of orange on the field — mostly hats and gloves, but players from both teams are sporting the bright color during warm-ups. I feel like I’m at a University of Tennessee game. Or Texas, whichever UT you prefer.
12:08 p.m. MST: Just saw a happy couple — one was wearing a Ronnie Brown jersey and the other donning D.J. Williams’ No. 55. I wonder if they planned to portray one of the more crucial matchups for this afternoon — those two could run into each other on the field quite a bit today.
12:10 p.m. MST: Kenny Peterson said earlier this week that it’s a copycat league, and he expects more and more teams to begin catching on to the “Wildcat” formation that has made headlines in Miami this season. Kansas City is proving him right — they’ve run the two-running-backs-in-the-backfield-and-a-quarterback-out-wide formation a few times, and one play started in that formation, turned into a reverse, then turned into a wide receiver pass to quarterback Tyler Thigpen, who was streaking wide open down the field for a touchdown. Speaking of which, did anybody else see a 21-3 KC lead over Tampa Bay coming?
12:13 p.m. MST: I’ll go down in a couple minutes to get some pictures from the field. Jake Grilley’s already down there diligently snapping some photos.
12:51 p.m. MST: Just got the inactives for today’s game. Champ Bailey, Tim Crowder, Vernon Fox, Chad Jackson, Glenn Martinez, Tony Scheffler, Josh Shaw and Selvin Young will sit out of this afternoon’s contest.
A couple of depth chart updates for today’s game to go along with it — Peyton Hillis will start at fullback for Spencer Larsen, Michael Pittman will start at running back for Selvin Young and Karl Paymah will start at left cornerback for Champ Bailey.
I’m about to post the photos from the field. It is definitely warm out there.
1:04 p.m. MST: About an hour until kickoff. Here are the shots from the field.
1:37 p.m. MST: The team just huddled up and now the players are leaving the field. The cheerleaders are all in the Broncos bench area and music is pumping through the speakers — game time is creeping up.
1:57 p.m. MST: The offense is being introduced as the team runs onto the field. Jay Cutler is the last to be introduced to a loud ovation, and he met Brandon Marshall in midair halfway down the line of cheerleaders. Now some of the players are sprinting into the endzone, and Nate Webster just hyped up the crowd. Now they’re on the sideline for the National Anthem.
2:01 p.m. MST: After a fly-over by some F-15s, the captains are headed out to midfield for the coin toss. See you in the first quarter blog.
-Gray Caldwell, DenverBroncos.com