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Does the third NFL preseason game really foreshadow the regular season?

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In lieu of the Broncos playing their third preseason game today, Eric Goodman and Les Shapiro from The Afternoon Drive looked to settle this debate once and for all.

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In the parlance of the NFL preseason, we often hear that the third game is a “dress rehearsal.” The starters tend to play well into the third quarter, so you get a broad view of what the team could look like.

One could compare it to the satellite view on Google Maps. You wish you could get a better picture, but the zoom function can only do so much.

There is consensus that the Denver Broncos will get a clearer view of the offense after this third preseason game with the Los Angeles Rams. Can the Denver offensive line handle that fantastic Rams defensive line and front seven? Will a quarterback emerge as the starter? If not, help us all.

There’s no need to fret about the Broncos defense. We have heard since March that unit will be better than last season. Given how Denver’s starters have looked the first two games, you can see why. They have been dominant.

In lieu of the Broncos starting their third preseason game today, Eric Goodman and Les Shapiro from The Afternoon Drive looked to settle this debate once and for all.

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Here our own Tim Lynch answer the question: Is Denver’s quarterback situation really a mess?