But with just over a full game of work, the No. 1 Broncos could be happy with their preseason of work, outscoring the Seahawks, 49ers and Texans 34-14.
What's more, the Broncos' first unit answered most of the questions posed of it throughout the preseason. As for the answers to the questions heading into Saturday's game, read on …
1. What will make the first-team offense's third game of preseason work a success?
Staying healthy -- which was not achieved. Although Peyton Manning popped up after a sack by Houston nose tackle Ricardo Mathews, and finished a stellar preseason with two consecutive touchdown drives to end the second quarter, the blow absorbed by
If not for Welker's injury, the night would have been a success for the offense. The Broncos got
"We felt like -- at least I felt like -- we could score at will," said Sanders. "It got to that point."
Miller's work was complete after one lengthy series: a nine-play, 30-yard march in which the Texans converted two third-and-1s. It was a promising start in his first game action after tearing his anterior cruciate ligament eight months and one day earlier; he dropped into coverage working against tight ends in the slot, he worked with his hand in the dirt when the Broncos went to their nickel alignment.
It was a typical night of work for Miller, and he should be ready for more in Week 1. But he felt he could do more Saturday.
"I felt like I could have done just a little bit more," Miller said.
3. What does