We are just weeks before the start of the NFL regular season begins; however, Denver Broncos fans get an early present this season as their beloved Denver Broncos take on the Atlanta Falcons in this years Hall of Fame game in Canton Ohio.
While fans are gearing up for the season to begin, many are excited about the prospects picked up in the off-season. One thing fans may not know, is that the Denver Broncos are now the proud owners of the best Rookie Quartet in the league after last seasons rookies, (running-back) Phillip Lindsay, (wide-receiver) Courtland Sutton, (running-back) Royce Freeman, and (wide-receiver) DaeSean Hamilton all combined for 2,817 yards, besting some of the most prolific Rookie Quartets in the league (No. 2, the 1999 Indianapolis Colts, [running-back] Edgerrin James, [wide-receiver] Terrence Wilkins, [running-back] Paul Shields, and [wide-receiver] Isaac Jones). While this year’s rookie class doesn’t garner enough offensive positions to match best Rookie Quartet, there is plenty of talent to be excited for.
The Denver Broncos enter this Thursday’s game with a 4-2 record over the Falcons in preseason games, and this will be Denver’s fourth Pro Football Hall of fame appearance.
Both Champ Bailey and the late Pat Bowlen will be enshrined in this weekend’s NFL Football Hall of Fame ceremony. Mr. Bowlen has had one of the best careers as an owner in the NFL with 354 overall wins, 300 consecutive sellouts (every game), 59.8 regular season win percentage, 28 seasons with .500 or better record, 13 AFC West Division titles, 9 AFC Championship games, 7 Superbowl appearances with 3 Superbowl wins. While Mr. Bowlen will be missed dearly by fans, his legacy will forever be etched onto the walls of the NFL Hall of Fame.
While the Broncos have beefed up the offensive line and given the offense a boost with veteran quarterback Joe Flacco under center, Denver’s defense will likely steal the show yet again, this season. The Denver Broncos have turned into a defensive juggernaut over the last decade and are ranked second just behind the Kansas City Chiefs for most defensive TD’s since 2015 with 16 total.
Thursday’s game is expected to have a lot of rotation at every position however, because it’s on a national stage, Joe Flacco and the first teams will likely get most of the reps.
In other sports, the Colorado Rockies continue to slide out of any talks about the post-season. The Rockies dropped two of three to the Reds in Cincinnati over the weekend. This week the Rockies host the division-leading L.A. Dodgers in a three-game series. The Rockies have managed to drop into last place in the Division after holding the number two spot earlier this season.