Login  |   Register
On Now
Coming Up
  • Sun., Oct. 02, 2016 2:05 PM - 5:00 PM MDT GAMEDAY: Broncos at Buccs
    Broncos at Buccaneers
    Sunday, October 2 • 2:05PM MDT • CBS
    Week 4





  • Sun., Oct. 02, 2016 2:05 PM - 5:00 PM MDT GAMEDAY: Falcons vs. Broncos
    Falcons vs. Broncos
    Sunday, October 9 • 2:05PM MDT • FOX
    Week 5 • A Crucial Catch • presented by U.S. Bank





  • Mon., Oct. 03, 2016 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM MDT Hometown Huddle Hometown Huddle
    Date: Monday 10/3 5-7 pm
    Location: UCHealth Training Facility
    Description: Annual celebration of Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver kids participating in the NFL PLAY 60 Challenge.
  • Fri., Oct. 07, 2016 6:00 PM - 9:30 PM MDT Crush Night Out Crush Night Out
    October 7, 2016
    6PM - 9:30PM
    Sports Authority Field at Mile High

    Members:
    Click here to purchase tickets


    Crush Night Out is our most popular event and one that most of our members look forward to attending every year. The event provides Crush members with photo and autograph opportunities from their favorite Broncos players as well as a fun night out with friends. This event is normally held in early fall at Sports Authority Field at Mile High.

    Membership is free. Not a Crush Member? REGISTER HERE


  • Thu., Oct. 13, 2016 6:25 PM - 9:30 PM MDT GAMEDAY: Broncos at Chargers
    Broncos at Chargers
    Thursday, October 13 • 6:25PM MDT • CBS / NFLN
    Week 6





  • Sat., Oct. 15, 2016 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM MDT Trick-or-Treat Party

    Trick-or-Treat Party
    October 15 • 10AM - 2PM
    Sports Authority Field at Mile High

    For more information visit Broncosbunch.com

  • Mon., Oct. 24, 2016 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM MDT GAMEDAY: Texans vs. Broncos
    Texans vs. Broncos
    Monday, October 24 • 6:30PM MDT • ESPN
    Week 7 • NFL Homecoming • Ring of Fame Ceremony • presented by Bud Light





  • Sun., Oct. 30, 2016 2:05 PM - 5:00 PM MDT GAMEDAY: Chargers vs. Broncos
    Chargers vs. Broncos
    Sunday, October 30 • 2:05PM MDT • CBS
    Week 8 • Halloween Extravaganza • presented by Nationwide





  • Tue., Nov. 01, 2016 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM MDT Drive for Life Drive for Life
    Date: Tuesday 11/1, 8 am – 5 pm
    Location: Sports Authority Field at Mile High
    Description: 19th annual community blood drive in partnership with Bonfils Blood Center. Appointments are not needed, for more information please visit: www.bonfils.org
  • Sun., Nov. 06, 2016 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM MST GAMEDAY: Broncos at Raiders
    Broncos at Raiders
    Sunday, November 6 • 6:30PM MST • NBC
    Week 9





Print
RSS

The Wait is Over

Posted Aug 7, 2012

After months of anticipation, quarterback Peyton Manning's first game as a Denver Bronco is just a day away.

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- Peyton Manning’s time has finally arrived.

Thursday night at 7:30 p.m. CDT, fans across the country will finally be able to see the four-time MVP in his Broncos debut.

Nobody is more anxious to see how Manning will handle his return to the field than the quarterback himself.

“I think we’ll find out Thursday,” Manning said. “The lights have not been on yet. We’ve had practices, we had the scrimmage Saturday, which was a game-like atmosphere, but (we’re) going against a different opponent on Thursday.”

That opponent will provide the first chance for Manning to take a hit this offseason, since quarterbacks are off-limits during training camp. Head Coach John Fox said he believes Manning is ready for contact.

“You never want to see your guy being the one getting hit,” Fox said. “It’s all part of the game. He’s definitely prepared himself, and we’ll see how it goes Thursday night.”

Fox said that typically in the first preseason game, the starters play "some of the first quarter," the second team plays for the second and third quarters and the third-string players finish out the game. He doesn't expect Thursday's plan to stray far from that strategy.

“Whatever Coach Fox wants to do, I’m good with,” Manning said. “Offensively, when we’re in there, we just like to put some kind of execution together. We’d love to get a drive or two going. I’ve always said you love to get a bit of everything in the preseason if you can. You love to get some short-yardage work, some third-down conversions, (and) you get some red-zone (and) goal-line. In all four games, if you can get all the situations that we work on out here, that would be ideal. So, however long we play, or whatever Coach Fox wants to do, we’re good with. We just need to play well when we’re out there.”

As a veteran in the league, Manning said he looks at the preseason as a whole, grouping all four games together when evaluating his and his team's progress entering the regular season. Still, he recognizes that each individual preseason contest helps shape the roster.

"It’s serious business out there on Thursday," Manning said. "There’s jobs being competed for, there’s jobs that people are trying to keep. That’s where all of us have something to play for. Sure, you want to win the game, but everybody’s competing, trying to do their jobs well.”

Rookie quarterback Brock Osweiler has worked with Manning up close and personal since he was drafted in April. Osweiler, who admitted that he expects to feel some butterflies in his stomach during pregame, said he anticipates no such uncertainty from Manning, whose return to the gridiron will make Thursday night’s preseason opener as close to a must-watch exhibition as possible.

“As far as I’ve noticed, he’s the same guy,” Osweiler said. “He’s been around a long time and he’s played in a lot of football games. He’ll be ready to go. He understands what kind of mentality you have to go into a game with and how you need to prepare for that and I think he’s done a tremendous job. I’m sure No. 18 will be ready to roll.”

Facebook Comments

Let us know your thoughts. Comment below through Facebook, AOL, Hotmail or Yahoo accounts.