Orton vs. Cutler: The Broncos thought so highly of QB Kyle Orton, they traded QB Jay Cutler to get him. Alright, it probably did not happen that way. Orton did however look impressive last week against the Seahawks, driving the Broncos to 10 points, which would have been more if Jabar Gaffney had not dropped a sure touchdown reception. Jay Cutler, meanwhile, looks to provide the Bears with the franchise QB they have lacked since Jim McMahon.
The status of WR Brandon Marshall: The enigmatic receiver told reporters that he was "not close" to learning new coach Josh McDaniels' playbook. So the team left him at home for its preseason game at Seattle last week. Could the club and receiver be heading for a standoff?
Injuries: Expect Dawkins to sit as he recovers from his hand injury. Simms may also sit unless he overcomes his ankle injury. Knowshon is out with the knee injury.
So what to expect from this game. It will be a big battle between Orton and Cutler this week as Broncos fans will be comparing the two a lot from this game. I think Orton may get the upper hand as I think the Denver fans may get into Cutler's head with the boos. Or it will make him have a great game. Also it is interesting to note if Marshall will see any playing time in this game or will McD continue to sit him.
Also keep a close eye on the Defense and see if there has been any improvement from last weeks game. I hope to see some turnovers in this game and an improvement on special teams. What I want to see happen in this game is Doom to get a sack on Cutler and Champ to take a pick six off him.
Make sure to take note of what sort of roll newly acquired Russ Hochstein plays in this weeks game.
Update - The Broncos signed QB Ingle Martin as an extra arm since Chris Simms has an ankle injury that will keep him out for 2-4 weeks. It is expected that Martin will be cut when Simms returns. But he will be given the chance to compete. RB Marcus Thigpen was released/waived to make room on the roster for Martin.
Update on Dawkins - He has been training without the orange injury jersey for the last two days so he could be on his way back and may play in this weeks game.
Update 2 on Dawkins - It is believed that dawkins will have his first start of the season this week against the bears. Also Jordon and Moreno are out for this game, and it has been reported that Moreno may miss week 1's game. Also Marshall may be held out of this weeks game again since he didn't train today.