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Broncos, Briefly: Friday, August 12, 2016

Broncos defense finally flexes again in Chicago. They have a mark to meet. (Nick Groke, Denver Post)
"I told them after practice: 'We've been going at each other for a long time. Now it's time to go with each other.' This is the fun. It's why you work."

WATCH: Broncos win fifth straight preseason opener (KUSA)
The Broncos defeated the Bears, 22-0.

Broncos' defense quashes the notion it will take a step back (Jeff Legwold,
In their preseason opener Thursday night, the Broncos' defense stepped all over that notion and the Chicago Bears, recording seven sacks in a 22-0 win at Soldier Field.

Broncos’ quarterbacks play well, defense dominates Bears in shutout win (Sam Cowhick,
The team entered the game with uncertainty swirling around the quarterback position and impact that the players who left the roster would have on their current team. Their reply to all the naysayers? The Denver Broncos are as formidable as ever.

Sanchez starts with statement drive in QB race; Defense flosses teeth with Bears (Troy Renck, KMGH)*
On Thursday, he delivered the first punch in the Broncos' cage match for the quarterback position. The veteran drove the Broncos down the field for a touchdown on his first drive, a 32-yard strike to Demaryius Thomas. Trevor Siemian, despite multiple good throws, couldn't counter. *

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WATCH: Sanchez: "We have a great squad" (
Mark Sanchez discusses his first preseason game as a Denver Broncos quarterback, including what he thought of his touchdown connection with Demaryius Thomas early in the game.

Broncos defense serves notice in shutout preseason win over Bears (Andrew Mason)
The starting lineup when the defense took the field in its dime personnel/nickel alignment sub package included just five players who were first teamers by the time the Broncos arrived at Super Bowl 50; the rest were reserves and included one rookie -- precocious third-round pick Justin Simmons.

Latimer shines in Broncos' opening win (Aric DiLalla)*
In all, Latimer led the team with seven receptions and 82 yards. And each time he touched the ball, he was a threat to take it a significant distance, as he averaged 11.7 yards per catch. *

*WATCH: Coach Kubiak’s first Postgame victory speech of the season (
Head Coach Gary Kubiak addresses the team following the Broncos 20-18 victory over the Patriots, to advance to Super Bowl 50. *

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