Denver Broncos vs. Chicago Bears Preview
Where: Soldier Field, Chicago
When: Thursday, August 10, 2017, 8:00 PM ET
TV Broadcast: NBC
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Betting on the Denver Broncos
There might be no team that has a bigger quarterback battle going on than the Broncos, who are still in the deliberation process of choosing who between Trevor Siemian and Paxton Lynch will run the show under center for the team. Siemian has the advantage, as he saw more action last season in which he passed for 3,401 yards and 19 touchdowns to go with 10 interceptions.
Lynch, meanwhile, was the team’s first-round pick in 2016 so this must be a good time for the Broncos to give him regular starts. He appeared in just three games last year, finishing the campaign with 497 passing yards, two touchdown passes and an interception.
In any case, the Broncos’ offensive line will have to stop being crappy. The Broncos allowed 40 QB sacks last season and made some moves this offseason which the team believes would help cut that number down. New addition Russell Okung and rookie Garett Bolles could work on their chemistry with the unit in this match against the Bears.
Betting on the Chicago Bears
The Bears’ offense was downright ugly last season, when they ranked 29th in scoring offense. They’re hoping that 2017 second overall draft selection Mitchell Trubisky would be their future now that Jay Cutler is now the Miami Dolphins’ problem.
But since the team also threw money at Mike Glennon and picked Mark Sanchez off the side of the road, Trubisky might have to wait for his time. Still, the three quarterbacks each will get their shot at slinging the pigskin this Thursday. Glennon is the projected starter for the regular season so Sanchez and Trubisky could be battling for the backup position. Hopefully for the Bears, Denver’s defense that ate quarterbacks whole last season wouldn’t be as punishing in this game, given that not all starters are going to be on the field.
Over at the backfield, Ka’Deem Carey could use these preseason games to prove he still belongs on the roster. Carey has yet to turn in solid numbers in three years with the team, during which he’s accumulated just 443 rushing yards and just a pair of touchdowns across 37 games.
Denver wins, 24-15.
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