Good Morning, MHR Friends! Well, tonight's the big night - the Broncos' first home preseason game, the Denver debuts of Brian Dawkins and Russ Hochstein, and something about a QB coming back to town. Let's just hope for a relatively mistake-free and healthy game from our boys. I assume this is obvious, but my short game summaries are obviously not based upon watching most of them; they're from perusing articles and box scores. I don't expect to be giving you much insight on Mondays - Ted will be doing that on Tuesdays!
On another note, I'm not going to be available for tomorrow's MHR fantasy draft. Rather than go into the season with an auto-drafted team, I will instead hand my team off to whomever here wants it. My spot has the 10th-overall choice in the 20-team league, so the draft position is pretty good. Ownership of the team go to the first commenter today to claim it. Best of luck!
DB - Matchup: Broncos vs. Bears - Broncos TV
Chris Hall previews tonight's game. The players are happy to see lots of action, understanding that the learning curve is still steep for them.
DP - Bowlen won't be chairman of bored tonight - Mike Klis
Klis takes Pat Bowlen's temperature on his Broncos and sets out five goals for tonight's game.
DP - Krieger: One mirror image for McD to avoid
Krieger hopes Josh McDaniels didn't make the same mistake Bill Belichick may have made upon his arrival in Cleveland many years ago. I know some folks can't stand Krieger, but give this column a chance. IMO it's pretty well-reasoned and he makes some interesting points, without the arrogance of saying McDaniels will definitely fail with Kyle Orton. There are a couple of comparisons I don't love (McDaniels is quite different from the other Belichick coordinators, and I'm not sure Joe Montana and Steve Young are HOFers without Bill Walsh.) But it's a good column which makes you think...
DP - Klis: Bowlen's stock dropping - Mike Klis
Klis considers the Broncos' financial situation and gets Bowlen's take on the CBA.
DP - Good-hands guys will get the call on special teams - Jeff Legwold
Mike Priefer says fumblers will not be keeping return jobs for long.
DP - Cutler turning over new leaf in Windy City
Kiszla responds to emails
NFL - Seattle Seahawks 14 at Kansas City Chiefs 10
Matt Cassel left immediately with an undisclosed leg injury after being sacked from behind. No matter what comes of his injury, the Chefs can't afford to trade Tyler Thigpen away, considering their porous O-line. If Cassel isn't seriously hurt now, he will be shortly...
NFL - San Diego Chargers 24 at Atlanta Falcons 27
Phil Rivers and Matt Ryan were both in fine form, while Gartrell Johnson showed that the Dolts have a very deep and talented backfield.
NFL - New Orleans Saints 45 at Oakland Raiders 7
Drew Brees and Jokeland are both in mid-season form; I watched a bit on the Network, and it will be quite a surprise if the Broncos don't beat the Raiders twice this year...
NFL - Tennessee Titans 17 at Cleveland Browns 23
Brady Quinn and Derek Anderson both made strong bids for the Brownies' starting job, while Vince Young turned it over twice.
NFL - New York Jets 27 at New York Giants 25
Mark Sanchez showed some progress, while the Giants' first-team passing game struggled in a big way. Rookie WR Hakeem Nicks did have a huge second half, so perhaps Jerry Reese won't be calling Denver for Brandon Marshall...
NFL - San Francisco 49ers 20 at Dallas Cowboys 13
Roy Williams did not play, while Shaun Hill didn't exactly inspire a ton of confidence as the Niners' starting QB.
AFC West News
KCS - Lelie stakes his claim as a wide receiver - Randy Covitz
What a shame. Ed Reed, anyone????
NFL - Niners' Lee hits Cowboys Stadium's giant video boards during warmups
I wonder how many times this will happen during regular-season games...
NFP - Sunday at the Post - Mike Lombardi
Lombardi is removing BMarsh from his list of blue-chip players.