The Denver Broncos have looked fantastic so far during the preseason. However, people need to realize that we are talking about practice and not the regular season.
The Broncos took down the defending Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks in Week 1 of the preseason 21-16. In Week 2 they embarrassed the San Francisco 49ers 34-0. These were impressive wins against quality opponents, but it is still practice.
Denver quarterback Peyton Manning is smart enough to realize this because of his semi-rant after a practice with the Houston Texans. Manning knows that Denver did not see defensive schemes that will come at them by both Seattle and San Francisco during the regular season, hence him coming down so hard on the Broncos’ offense after the practice.
The same issue can be said on the defensive side of the football for Denver. It is not like Seattle and San Francisco tried to actually pound the ball down Denver’s throat and dominate games like they did in 2013. Also, the Broncos hardly saw a great portion of what Russell Wilson and Colin Kaepernick are capable of for both the Seahawks and 49ers.
The most important thing is that the Broncos got out of San Francisco healthy. Now, in the middle of preseason Week 3, is this really the correct time for running back Montee Ball to return to practice and possible play on Saturday night? It also appears that Denver may be rushing things with linebacker Von Miller, who is recovering from a torn ACL.
You cannot judge who will be great in the NFL during preseason play. The only things that are important is building chemistry and avoiding injuries. Denver has showed that they have a very deep team in 2014. It is the Broncos’ responsibility now to keep this team intact because one risky move can derail a Super Bowl run.
Be impressed with Denver so far. However, remember it is just practice and the results of these games will mean absolutely nothing once the regular season begins.