The Denver Broncos will be at the San Francisco 49ers for their second preseason game in 2014. Broncos fans will be looking at how linebacker Brandon Marshall will play as he will make the start for injured linebacker Danny Trevathan. Denver fans will be closely observing special teams play, the progression of quarterback Brock Osweiler and of course the battles at running back between Ronnie Hillman, Juwan Thompson and Kapri Bibbs. I will be watching all of this, while hoping Denver does not suffer anymore injuries.
It took a while, but one has to wonder what is up with Denver’s preseason schedule. The only real rule about scheduling preseason games in the NFL is that a team cannot play divisional opponents. What exactly were the NFL and the Broncos thinking?
The Broncos opened up preseason play against the defending champion Seattle Seahawks, which Denver plays in Week 3 of the regular season. This week Denver is at San Francisco, which the Broncos play in Week 7 of the regular season. Denver will also practice against and play the Houston Texans in Week 3 of the preseason.
Playing teams in the preseason that you will be playing in the regular season is just plain stupid. The Broncos are not going to show the Seahawks or 49ers anything that would give them a competitive advantage in the regular season, and the same thing goes for both Seattle and San Francisco. Also, the Seahawks and 49ers both have defenses that are far more aggressive than most of the teams in the league.
Speaking of defenses, that brings this article to the practices and the game in Week 3 of the preseason against the Texans. Why would Denver even consider jeopardizing their starting offense against the likes of J.J. Watt and Jadeveon Clowney? Week 3 is when the starters will get their most reps, and Denver will be going up against a freakish pass rush.
If everything works out okay regarding injuries, this schedule would be considered a great preseason test for the Broncos’ offense. However, Denver is really risking potential damage to their roster because of going up against these aggressive defenses.
Denver wraps up their preseason at the Dallas Cowboys. Nobody will play in this game and nobody will care. Hence the question, why is Denver’s preseason schedule set up the way it is?