The Broncos play the 49ers in they first preseason game on friday this week. The teams have only faced off against each other a few times with the Broncos having a 2-3 record in that department. This game will kick off the 2009 season for the Broncos and I hope it is a good season for them this year.
There are a number of questions that will be asked in this game of a lot of the players. For example, can Orton play, what about our Defense, do we have a pass rush. These things will be watched closely by the fans and the coaching staff. This game also sees Ronnie Fields play against his former club. And Mike Nolan up against his former team that let him go. I except these two to have big games for the Broncos and show the 49ers what they are missing.
A big thing to watch will be the positional battles and who performs the best. I am going to be keeping a close eye on the Running Backs as Knowshon sees his first pro football game time and also how well Ryan Torain performs coming back from his injuries. The other two major position battles will be the Linebackers and the Defensive line. I want to see how much of a stud McBean is and also what Doom and Ayers can bring to the defense at their respective positions.
Are few quick things, Brandon Marshall will most likely be out with his hamstring injury and Brian Dawkins will also be out with his hand injury. I believe Wes Woodyard will also miss this game after not practicing so far this week but if he is good he may get a few reps.
UPDATE - Wes trained today but was still wearing the knee brace, so I am unsure whether he will play this week or not.
UPDATE - Ryan Harris has a shoulder injury which he suffered in today's practice and he may miss this weeks game and LaMont Jordan did not practice Monday because of an unspecified injury.
UPDATE 11/8/09 - Ryan Harris practiced today after suffering the shoulder injury yesterday, he seems set to play against the 49ers.
UPDATE NFL.com - 1. Broncos RB Knowshon Moreno: Moreno is currently behind veteran RB Correll Buckhalter on the team's depth chart. But NFL Network's Jason La Canfora reports that Moreno's explosiveness has impressed many in Broncos' camp.
2. Broncos QB Kyle Orton: La Canfora also reports that Orton has not been impressive in camp so far. The Broncos fans -- who already jeered Orton during practice -- will be out for blood if Orton struggles again.Match Ups to watch:
Knowshon Moreno vs Patrick Willis, I hope Knowshon runs by him all day. If Moreno has a good day against one of the very best defenders in the game it will set him up for a good season.
Frank Gore vs Broncos D-Line, I hope that the Broncos D-Line and even the Linebackers can keep Gore under control. Because if he runs all over us it could be bad sign for the future.
My prediction Broncos win 30-14.
Thats my take on this weeks game - Aussie out