The Denver Broncos third preseason game will be their first home game of 2017 as the Green Bay Packers will visit for the biggest game of the preseason - a full dress rehearsal for the regular season.
Having outscored their opponents 57-31 through two preseason games, the Broncos have shown they have the defense still and can score some points. However, the Packers represent a better barometer of competition than did the Chicago Bears or San Francisco 49ers.
Kickoff is set for Saturday, August 26, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. Mile High time at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver, Colorado.
TV schedule and TV channels
The game will air on KTVD (Channel 20) locally in Denver, Colorado with Ron Zappolo (play-by-play), Brian Griese (color analyst), and Rod Mackey (sideline reporting). The game will re-air on NFL Network on Sunday, August 27th at 8:00 a.m.
NFL Game Pass offers live audio and re-airs after the game.
DirecTV's NFL Sunday Ticket has expanded its online streaming service. Verizon subscribers can watch games live with the NFL Mobile app (subscription required, and usual TV blackout rules apply even online).
Colorado can listen on KOA (850 AM/94.1 FM) or The Fox (103.5 FM) with Dave Logan (play-by-play), Rick Lewis (color analyst) and Tyler Polumbus (sideline reporting).
Spanish radio KNVR (1150 AM) will also broadcast the game with Javier Olivias (play-by-play) and Carlos Valdez (color analyst).
If you are the kind of person who bets on preseason action, please get some help. If you ignore that kind of advice, the line for this game has the Broncos as 3-point home favorites against the Packers.
Head coach Vance Joseph likes versatility along the offensive line, but only from the depth positions. You need your first five, then you need versatility.
“That’s very important,” Joseph said of the need for versatility from offensive linemen. “Obviously, the first five are your starters, but you want guys in the second five that can play multiple positions like a swing-tackle or a big guard who can play some tackle. That’s definitely critical. That second five have to be smart guys. You want guys who can play multiple spots.”
Aaron Rodgers is a very good test for the Broncos defense. It’s the kind of test that will validate whether or not the No Fly Zone will continue their era of dominance heading into the 2017 season. He’ll play for a few quarters, which is perfect.
On the other side, Trevor Siemian will need to prove he can continue leading the Broncos offense to points. They will need to improve over 2016 if this team has a chance at making the playoffs this season. I think they do both in this game.
Prediction: Broncos 27, Packers 17.