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Open Thread: Denver Broncos vs Chicago Bears Pregame

Welcome to the first Open Thread of the 2012 NFL Season. If you're not familiar with the gamethreads, this space is used to talk about anything and everything football related, as you're watching the game.

Tonight, we get our first glimpse of Peyton Manning in a Bronco uniform against non-Bronco opponents. Training camp has been fun and so was the Saturday scrimmage, but this is as close to the real thing as it gets without actually being the real thing.

With moments to spare before squaring off in Chicago, the twitter world is abuzz with rumors about Jay Cutler. Will he play or won't he? For those who don't know, his son was born yesterday, but since there's no official word from theBears about his playing status, it is believed that he will play. Sorry, Jay... you can't use your son's birth as an excuse to escape an Elvis Dumervil and Von Miller pounding. See you tonight!

While we wait for the Broncos to play the Bears, there are some other games going on, all available on

Washington Redskins vs Buffalo Bills

Baltimore Ravens vs Atlanta Falcons

New Orleans Saints vs New England Patriots

Pittsburgh Steelers vs Philadelphia Eagles

Green Bay Packers vs San Diego Chargers (with the first female official, as well)

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