August 4, 2012; Englewood, CO, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) and head coach John Fox talk before the start of training camp drills at Sports Authority Field. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-US PRESSWIRE
The Chicago Bears are favored by 2.5 points over the Denver Broncos in the preseason opener.
Peyton Manning, if fully healthy, should be able to lead the Denver Broncos to a healthy offensive output this fall. We won't fully know that until September, but the oddsmakers do see a pretty close game between the Broncos and the Chicago Bears on Thursday night.
According to Odds Shark, Chicago is favored by 2.5 points and the over/under has been placed at 34 points. The line has stayed steady throughout the week for the most part (two places have moved it to a straight three points), but when it comes to a contest between backups on both teams, these numbers might prove foolish.
Essentially, this game is a push since a field goal is the favored point differential. For all we know, Brock Osweiler might look like a pass-throwing god against the Bears' backups (but don't hold me to that!).