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Horse Tracks: A Broncos win is a win, even when it doesn’t count

Don’t act like these preseason games don’t matter. They do.

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On Saturday night, the Denver Broncos took the field at Mile High and were ready to play. Everyone can bellyache about how the preseason goes on too long, how the stars never play, and how the final quarter of most of these games is largely unwatchable. However, what I saw on Saturday was a bunch of fired up fellas who had competition in their hearts and fire in their eyes.

Todd Davis was feeling the competitive spirit so much that he wanted a piece of Aqib Talib for breaking up a scuffle. Did he look like a man who was taking the preseason lightly?

Trevor Siemian battled through a slow start to show again why he’s the starter over Paxton Lynch. Kyle Sloter looked solid as well. These were guys that were heavily invested in the outcome of this ‘meaningless’ game.

Then there’s Menelik Watson who was overcome that he proposed to his girlfriend at the game. I’m sure in retrospect they may chuckle at the fact that he chose a preseason game to do it in and not a regular season one, but darn it... the mood struck him and it was meaningful to him. That’s good enough for me.

Of course I say that these games are meaningful because the Broncos won on Saturday. Had they lost, I’m sure I’d be right there with the chorus banging the ‘these games don’t matter’ drum.

On that note, the Broncos play the Arizona Cardinals this Thursday and literally no veterans will be playing. Outside of the handful of roster-bubble players, this one is going to be tough to watch in the second half. Unless we win it. Then it’s all good.


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