In that light, Denver's dominant 27-3 win at AT&T Stadium here Thursday came as no surprise. The Broncos rolled, and questions were answered -- including the ones I posed before the game, which we now revisit:
1. Who steps up at running back?
They all did -- at least, all three that played.
"We're a pass-happy team; we pass first," said Thompson. "So you have to make sure you protect the quarterback at the end of the day. That's what we hone in on a lot -- especially with Peyton in there, you've really got to make sure you hone in, because he can check to anything."
The choices in the next 48 hours will be difficult for the Broncos. All five of the running backs on the roster showed flashes of brilliance this summer.2. How will
He missed a pair of attempts from beyond 50 yards -- 52 and 54 -- wide right, but was perfect on his other placekicks, including field goals of 19 and 40 yards, and drilled all five of his kickoffs into or beyond the end zone for touchbacks.
McManus is now 5-of-7 on field goals in preseason play. All but one of his attempts have come from 40 yards or longer, and he has drilled 23 of 30 kickoffs for touchbacks in the last two preseasons, and has not missed an extra point. Although that's not a massive sample size, it offers reason to believe that the two misses were a hiccup, and that he should be okay in the regular season.
The first three quarters belonged to Osweiler, and he delivered one of his best performances. All that was missing was a touchdown pass. But he led the offense to three touchdowns, spread the football around to a variety of targets and delivered a deep pass to
Osweiler's 34-yard strike to Caldwell looked to be an ideal play: Caldwell adjusted to the football, twisting to get into position, and Osweiler delivered the football to the outside shoulder, reducing the chance of a turnover. But Osweiler saw the flaws.
"I saw the ball come out of my hand, so I definitely knew it was behind him. Not exactly where I wanted to place that ball," Osweiler said. "But I know Bubba went up there and made a great play for me, and I thanked him for it right afterwards."
Dysert entered in the fourth quarter, and despite the three-score lead, they continued to attack. He had Cody Latimer open deep down the left sideline on his second series, but overthrew him outside. Two plays later, he found tight end