The final week of preseason is finally here. The Denver Broncos and Dallas Cowboys square off in their preseason finale on Thursday, Aug. 28 at AT&T Stadium. This game will allow players on both sides one final shot to prove that they belong on the final roster.
The Cowboys have had a quiet preseason, but have been struggling, as they have yet to win a single game. Even though the games do not matter, fans should be a bit concerned that they cannot get any consistency going into the regular season. The team has to be concerned about the defense, as they have allowed 20+ points in all three of their games. If the Cowboys can’t keep the Broncos from scoring, then it could end up becoming a long season.
The Broncos, on the other hand, were doing well but have hit some snags as the preseason comes to an end. First Danny Trevathan fractured his kneecap, which will sideline him for a couple games during the regular season. Then Wes Welker suffered his third concussion in less than a year in Saturday’s preseason game. To make matters worse, Matt Prater discovered he would be suspended shortly after that preseason game for the first four games of the regular season for violating his alcohol-related issues stemming from a positive test for having a few beers on vacation. A team that is looking to return to the Super Bowl is crashing down with injuries and issues after going nearly the whole time without much of a scratch.
As I have stated before, this game will just be a test on how the second and third teams play and for roster spots. For the Cowboys, look to see how the backup quarterbacks perform. Brandon Weeden will look to get his career on track after an unsuccessful one for the Cleveland Browns. If the backups are not able to get the job done, then there will be cause for concern if Tony Romo happens to succumb to any injury.
For the Broncos, the key will be position battles within the organization. The starters have all but been decided, but it will be intriguing to see how the backups play. One battle I am looking forward to seeing is the one between Juwan Thompson and Kapri Bibbs. As of now, Thompson has the inside track to make the team, but if Bibbs plays well, the Broncos will have a tough choice on what to do. Should they keep Bibbs and cut another player at a different position, or maybe keep him on the practice squad?
There are still a lot of questions to be answered for both teams, and this Thursday could answer the majority of them. Either way, this contest has a lot riding on it for the backups, so I anticipate a great battle.
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