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Published on 08/09/2012 at Thu Aug 09 09:00.
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Peyton Manning Broncos

Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning throws during the team's stadium scrimmage on Saturday, August 4th, 2012. ( photo/Kyle Montgomery)

Peyton Manning will take his first snap against a pass rush in over 19 months and his first with the Denver Broncos as the Broncos face the Chicago Bears in each team’s 2012 preseason opener. Manning and the starters are expected to play one or two series during the exhibition game, while backup units will play three quarters or more.

Manning’s neck won’t be the only thing being tested; the reunion of former Broncos stars Jay Cutler and Brandon Marshall will debut to a sold out crowd at Soldier Field Thursday night. Furthermore, a suite of backups, rookies, and players on each team’s respective roster bubble will start the four-game competition for their NFL lives Thursday night.

“It’s serious business out there on Thursday,” Peyton Manning said. “There’s jobs being competed for, there’s jobs that people are trying to keep. That’s where all of us have something to play for. Sure, you want to win the game, but everybody’s competing, trying to do their jobs well.”

When: Thursday, August 9, 2012. 6:30 p.m. MT

Where: Soldier Field, Chicago, Illinois

Watch: KTDV Channel 20 Denver, more

Listen: 850 AM KOA Denver, more

Here’s what to expect and look for as each unit takes the field.


Peyton Manning recently said he is eager to undergo what every Broncos fan and coach will cringe at seeing — that first big hit. That will, of course, be the most watched aspect of Thursday’s game: how will Peyton Manning and that four-times-surgically-repaired neck react should the future Hall of Famer get zinged? The Bears will dial up the heat — will the Broncos’ offensive line, led by Ryan Clady, be able to keep him upright?

“You don’t play the game to hurt anyone, but it’s a physical game,” Bears coach Lovie Smith said. “Our pass rushers want to get to the quarterback, whoever he is.”

Look for Manning to take around 10 to 12 snaps, which will give the signal caller around a half dozen pass attempts. Who will his favorite target be — Eric Decker, Demaryius Thomas, or someone else? How will the Broncos utilize their talented tight end tandem of Joel Dreessen and Jacob Tamme?

Not expected to play is right guard Chris Kuper, with Manny Ramirez getting the nod at starting right guard. Right tackle Orlando Franklin, recently cleared from a concussion, may not play either, leaving his spot for Chris Clark. For the Bears, middle linebacker Brian Urlacher will sit. Strong side linebacker Nick Roach will move to Mike, with Geno Hayes taking Roach’s Sam spot.


Jay Cutler, Brandon Marshall

This May 23, 2012 file photo shows Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler, left, talking with wide receiver Brandon Marshall during an NFL football organized team activity, in Lake Forest, Ill. An explosive tandem in Denver, Cutler and Marshall are reunited with the Bears. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

The last thing the Broncos want is for Cutler and Marshall to get into the type of rhythm that saw them break records during their three seasons together in Denver. Former teammates Champ Bailey and Elvis Dumervil will now try to do what they did for years in practice: make sure that rhythm doesn’t happen.

The most interesting development on the Broncos’ first team is the emergence of Jason Hunter, who has usurped Robert Ayers as starting defensive end. Is it a legitimate move by Jack Del Rio and the Broncos, or are they just trying to light a fire under Ayers’ ass? We’ll be watching Hunter closely.

Linebackers and safeties will also be worth scouting, particularly Wesley Woodyard, Mike Adams, and Rahim Moore.

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  • BroncoOrange87

    Its finally here… lets get it going!!

  • CarterMorgan

    It’s going to be very interesting to see Peyton Manning take his first hit. I have been a huge fan of the Broncos since my dad took me to a game when I was a child. Unfortunately, I won’t be home to watch the game live, because I’ll be at work at Dish, but I plan on watching it on my breaks on my iPad. I will be able to stream the game on the Dish Remote Access app, since my DVR is connected to a Sling Adapter. It’s going to take a lot to impress me this season, but once Manning takes a hit and gets back up, I’ll start to get a little more hopeful!.

  • MrEast

    “Oh, is that it? Osweiler has certainly set his own bar high.”

    Big LOLs from this guy.

  • gavmorr

    There will be no tears from this side if Peyton goes down. We have the technology. We will rebuild him. He will be stronger. And he will reign hellfire missiles from the sky upon his glorious return!! Seriously though, going to the game tonight and cannot WAIT to see that man in the Orange & Blue in person. Finally ending the LONGEST offseason in Broncos history….GO BRONCOS

  • Monty

    Well you certainly have confidence gav! Have fun at Soldier Field brotha!!

  • gavmorr

    Thanks Mont! Should be a good time. Bronco country is alive & well up here in the Chi. Solid tailgate. Bummed to not get a chance to see Hillman but stoked to see Brock under the gun. Really hope he can beat out Hanie (and this is a fellow Ram talking here). Can’t wait to check out Wolfe either. Ah, so many baby Broncos! 5…4…3…

  • Benjamin DeRita

    Hilarious gav! unfortunately ill be in the air, won’t land until after ten. I’ll be dying !! Start of what’s going to be another great season. GO BRONCOS!

  • 350legend

    Excited in what i saw in the first game!! Bronco 4 life