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Broncos, Briefly: Friday, Sept. 6, 2019

Dalton Risner may be among the team’s youngest, yet he might be the only Bronco who thinks Vic Fangio is a young coach.

Risner just came from Kansas State, where his head coach Bill Snyder is so old, he recently retired for a second time. Snyder will turn 80 next month. Fangio just recently turned the spry young age of 61.

The Broncos enter the 2019 season with a new coach in Vic Fangio and a new starting quarterback in Joe Flacco. Will these changes help Denver reach the playoffs for the first time since 2015?

We took a look at how Denver would fare — and a look at the playoffs — in our Madden NFL 20 simulation.

The Denver Broncos changed coaches, coordinators, systems and the starting quarterback since they last came to Oakland in the second-to-last game in 2018.

The Raiders have merely overhauled the roster.

That adds a bit of intrigue about the unknown when the two longtime AFC West rivals square off in the season opener Monday night at the Coliseum, with both teams not knowing quite what to expect.

Joe Ellis said the Broncos were initially approached by Empower in June and negotiations for a still-undisclosed financial agreement were finished by September.

“That’s a short period of time to do a deal of this magnitude,” Ellis said. “But I was confident we would get to this point.”

In the NFL stadiums where coverage will be available starting with Thursday nights's Green Bay PackersChicago Bears game at Soldier Field and then on to a full slate of games on Sunday, Verizon says 5G service will be accessible in concentrated seating areas and perhaps elsewhere. Fans with phones will still be able to tap into 4G LTE when 5G is unavailable.

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