The Denver Broncos will meet the Chicago Bears for each team's preseason opener on Thursday night and the biggest story in the game is how Peyton Manning will do in his first game as a Bronco. Denver inked Manning to a free agent deal in the offseason, which has provided us with many story lines heading into the preseason.
Manning traditionally doesn't do a whole during the preseason and it doesn't sound like that will change in Denver. Broncos executive John Elway told NFL Network that Manning will likely see one or two series' of action before getting pulled.
"If things go well right off the bat, have a nice scoring drive, then get him out. You wanna get something going to where they have a good drive. You don't want to have three three-and-outs. You wanna get some confidence, get some first downs, and maybe put some points on the board. If we do that, get him out, and go to the next week."
Manning's health was one of our things to watch for tonight. It's been well over a year since he's taken a snap in a game. His health, especially his arm strength, is one of the key points to watch in this game. Unfortunately, we'll have to figure that out in just a series or two.
Here are all the nuts and bolts for the Broncos-Bears game including the TV schedule, game time, odds and all that.