But there were also questions that began seeing answers -- three of which I posed before the game. Here's how they turned out.
Inserting the plural was apt, because the Broncos got stellar performances from all around their depth chart.
Kapri Bibbs ran hard, displaying some one-cut-and-go quickness, and showed good vision, particularly on his 4-yard touchdown run.
"That is the most important key to have in this league, because stuff closes up real fast," said Bibbs. "You've got to see stuff before it actually happens."
But the breakout runner of the night was
"I'm not the shiftiest guy, but I can get out in open space and make people miss here and there," Thompson said. "But I do like to make people feel the pain, just to make sure (that they) just don’t try to tackle me the next time."
Thompson was evaluated for a possible concussion, but returned, and delivered the block that set Brock Osweiler up for a 17-yard, third-and-10 completion to Bennie Fowler, demonstrating the all-around skill set that the offense demands.
2. How will the reserve quarterbacks fare?
For Brock Osweiler, it was a mix of the good and bad. His feel for the pass rush has improved, as he used his footwork and quickness to avoid a pair of sacks, including one in the fourth quarter in which he forced O'Brien Schofield to fly past him, turning a certain sack into a four-yard gain.
The negative? He underthrew two deep passes, one of which was intercepted, late in the third quarter. But he rallied on the next series.
Osweiler bounced back well from that bad INT in the third quarter. Good drive, prudent decisions under pressure, nice throw to cap it.— Andrew Mason (@MaseDenver) August 8, 2014
"That's something that [Quarterbacks] Coach [Greg] Knapp preaches all the time in the quarterback room -- having short-term memory," Osweiler said. "No matter what happens the play before, you’ve got to erase, and you've got to move forward."
Erasing the mental DVR doesn't come any better than an 80-yard touchdown drive that included three third-down conversions -- two via passes, and one on a 15-yard scramble in which he paused to let Cassius Marsh miss him, and then took off downfield. One play later, Osweiler hit
"That was a heck of a throw," said quarterback
"(Norwood) has been my go-to guy all camp," added Osweiler. "He runs as good a route as anybody I've ever seen. There's a lot of trust I have in Jordan."
Just about all of them.
And one more …
Will there be any crazy stuff?
It depends how you define "crazy." Does a three-tight end set with