Finally. The regular season is here. Preseason just doesn’t do much for me. Sure, it’s mildly interesting to see if any players emerge as legitimate. Running back Selvin Young undoubtedly falls into that category.
But a guy like Young is the exception. There just are not that many surprises.
Now the rosters are set and it is go-time. It is time to see where every team stands. Here are a few observations on the Broncos as they enter Sunday’s regular season opener at Buffalo.
- The Broncos are a better team than they showed in the preseason. There are concerns to be sure. But I don’t think they showed any variety on either offense or defense. That makes a difference. I have no doubt they will open things up offensively and I believe the defense will continue to get better.
- I cannot wait to see how the Broncos use tight end Daniel Graham. They only threw to him a handful of times in the preseason. That is bound to change. You don’t sign someone to that big of a contract if all you want him to be is a run blocker. I think Graham is going to have a huge year.
- I also think wide receiver Javon Walker is going to have a big year. He says he is completely healthy. He seems focused. He seems ready to explode. Bring it on.
- The Broncos’ defense is not as good as it will be as the season goes on. It’s a unit that is still learning Jim Bates’ system and I believe it will be good enough in the early weeks to keep the team afloat. I also think the Broncos’ offense might need to give the D some extra help in the first few games.
- The bottom line is to beat Buffalo. Period. I don’t care how it looks; I don’t care what it takes. After losses in the last two season-opening road games, the Broncos just have to find a way to win to get the season off to a good start.
When the preseason began, I predicted the Broncos would go 11-5. I haven’t changed my mind.
What about you? What do you think the Broncos record will be?
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Enjoy the games this weekend!