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Broncos fight injury bug, Rapids win second in a row
 
Photo courtesy: Denver Broncos/AP
 

By Brandon Rivera
News@lavozcolorado.com
 
08/14/2019

Last week the Denver Broncos played their second pre-season game against the Seattle Seahawks in Seattle. The Denver Broncos traveled to Seattle to give the first team some reps and fans a look at what to expect from Joe Flacco and company. Flacco only threw the ball four times and completed 75 percent of his throws with no touchdowns. The Broncos offense, moved the ball well and were able to get the Broncos into the redzone but were unable to get the ball into the endzone, relying on three point kick from Brandon McManus.

The Broncos have two more pre-season games remaining before the much anticipated Monday-night (September 9) header with none other than their biggest rivalry, the Oakland Raiders. Oakland made some of the biggest moves in the off-season, starting with the hiring of head-coach Jon Gruden. Gruden made one of the most controversial decisions in recent history, by trading their top defensive player, Khalil Mack to the Chicago Bears.

The Raiders then made a move for one of the NFL’s top receivers, Antonio Brown (AB) in a trade with the Pittsburgh Steelers. AB, who in recent weeks has caused ire in the upper echelons of the Oakland organization, for a chryotherapy mishap which lead to frostbite on the bottoms of his feet and let’s not forget about his fight with the NFL about being able to wear his old helmet this season in spite of the league rules mandated “newer-model,’ helmets. Though the issues may seem small they are just a couple of the many things that the AB trade comes, with and Oakland will have to endure.

Denver experienced some significant losses in the running game when fullback Andy Janovich left Thursday’s game with a strained pectoral muscle, along with running back Theo Riddick, who the Broncos just signed to add depth to the backfield. Riddick is expected to be out for six-to-eight weeks which gives Devontae Booker yet another chance at the number two spot behind Phillip Lindsay.

In other sports the Colorado Rapids beat the San Jose Earthquakes on Saturday at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City. The Rapids beat the #4 team in the Western Conference after losing to them on July 27, 3-7. The Rapids face the Minnesota United FC this Wednesday at Allianz Field in St. Paul, Minnesota.

The Colorado Rockies escaped a four-game sweep on Sunday when they beat the San Diego Padres 8-3. The Rockies lost the previous three games to the Padres after losing two straight to the Houston Astros, Tuesday and Wednesday of last week. The Rockies face the Diamondbacks in a three-games series this week at home before hosting the Miami Marlins this weekend at Coors Field.

The Denver Nuggets are about two and a half months from the start of the 2019-20 season.

 

 

 

 

 
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