Broncos Vs. Bears: Denver Dominates Chicago In 31-3 Victory

The Denver Broncos pounded on the Chicago Bears for a 31-3 victory.

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Broncos Vs. Bears Final Score: Denver Wins Preseason Opener, 31-3

The Denver Broncos won their opening preseason game of 2012 by defeating the Chicago Bears, 31-3, at Soldier Field on a rainy Thursday night. The Broncos accomplished all of their scoring after Peyton Manning concluded his night following his one drive of the game. The defense shut down a Jay Cutler-less offense, but had the former Broncos quarterback played, it likely would have been the opening drive, just like Manning.

Manning was 4-of-7 for 44 yards and threw a touchdown right outside of the Bears' endzone on the drive. That turnover led to a Bears fumble and three points for the Broncos after Matt Prater kicked a 28-yard field goal. Lance Ball (seven carries, 16 yards) scored a two-yard touchdown in the second quarter.

The offense really turned things on in the second half. Rookie quarterback Brock Osweiler looked the best of the backup quarterbacks, completing a 19-yard touchdown pass to Jason Hill in the third quarter. Osweiler finished the night 4-of-7 for 38 yards. Adam Weber completed a 25-yard touchdown pass for 25 yards, but it that was just one of two completions he made on five attempts.

Xavier Omon picked up the other touchdown by the Broncos when he punched the ball into the end zone midway through the third quarter. Omon showed great skill at absorbing hits and picking up yards after contact. He finished with seven carries for 36 yards.

The Broncos defense stymied the Bears offense, keeping them under 100 yards of total offense through three quarters. The Bears finished with 132 total yards to the Broncos' 338. The defense had six sacks, two each to rookie Derek Wolfe and Jeremy Beal and one apiece to Robert Ayers and Steven Johnson. Defensive back Joshua Moore, a former Bears player, picked off Matt Blanchard late in the fourth quarter.

The Broncos host the Seattle Seahawks on Saturday, Aug. 18, at 7:00 p.m. MT.

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Broncos Vs. Bears Score Update: Xavier Omon Extends Denver's Lead To 24-0

The Denver Broncos hold a 24-0 lead over the Chicago Bears through three quarters of play on Thursday night. Running back Xavier Omon, out of Northwest Missouri State, capped a seven-play, 52-yard drive with a touchdown run and later rookie quarterback Brock Osweiler connected with Jason Hull for a touchdown.

Omon picked up 21 yards on three rushes during his scoring drive, finding the end zone on a three-yard run. Brock Osweiler had started the third quarter for the Broncos and was decently. After Omon's score, Osweiler quickly got the ball back after the Bears failed to do anything on their possession. On Osweiler's 19-yard touchdown throw, Jason Hill had a slight cushion between Jeremy Ware to make the catch. Hill had Ware around his waist as he ran into the end zone.

Osweiler is 4-of-7 for 38 yards and the touchdown pass while Omon has 30 yards on five carries. Denver has 270 total yards to Chicago's 97.

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Broncos Vs. Bears Halftime Score: Denver Takes 10-0 Lead Over Chicago

For a first preseason game played in wet conditions, the Denver Broncos and the Chicago Bears have played a low-scoring, not-that-offensive game at halftime. The Broncos lead the Bears, 10-0, on a Matt Prater field goal and a Lance Ball two-yard touchdown run.

Peyton Manning (4-of-7, 44 yards) threw an interception during his first and only drive of the game. However, the Bears failed to capitalize on the turnover by committing their own. Running back Michael Bush fumbled the ball at his 23-yard line and saw Von Miller bring the ball to the six-yard line. After Caleb Hanie lost four yards on the ensuing drive, Prater kicked the field goal.

After that both offenses had trouble getting anything going. That changed for the Broncos late in the quarter when Hanie (7-of-13, 79 yards) made a few completions and was aided by defensive holding call. Cornelius Ingram caught a 20-yard and Jason Hill a six-yarder to move the chains. Ball (seven carries, 16 yards) then punched the ball into the end zone one play later.

Prater missed a 57-yard field goal attempt at the end of the half, leaving the game in favor of the Broncos, 10-0.

Rookie defensive end Derek Wolfe has looked good out there, picking up three tackles, two sacks and one tackle for a loss. Robert Ayers also picked up a sack.

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Broncos Vs. Bears Score Update: Denver Leads Chicago, 3-0, As Peyton Manning Plays 1st Drive

At the conclusion of the first quarter, the Denver Broncos hold a 3-0 lead over the Chicago Bears on Thursday night. Peyton Manning played just the first drive of the game, which resulted in his throw of an interception at the Bears' four-yard line.

On the Bears' drive, Michael Bush fumbled the ball at his own 23-yard line. Von Miller picked it up at the 22-yard line and took it all the way down to the six-yard line. Manning stayed on the sideline and watched Caleb Hanie take over the offense. Hanie wound up losing four yards on a four-play drive, which ended with Matt Prater kicking a 28-yard field goal.

Overall, Manning was 4-of-7 for 44 yards and an interception. Willis McGahee also only played the first drive and rushed four times for 16 yards. All in all, it's what we should expect from the first preseason game for the team.

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Peyton Manning's Debut Depends On Offensive Line, Says John Elway

Peyton Manning is going to play one or two series in his preseason debut for the Denver Broncos and that will largely depend on how the offensive line plays, says John Elway (via NFL.com):

"It's gonna come down to how much our first offensive line plays," Broncos head honcho John Elway told NFL.com and NFL Network reporter Albert Breer. "I asked (Manning) the other day, 'one or two series?' I think you get a feel for it during the game"

Elway goes on to say that he wants Manning and the team to have a good scoring drive their first time on the field, giving them confidence. Having Manning in for longer than that would likely mean the team has gone three-and-out, which serves no one well.

The offensive line will only have one player in the lineup on Thursday who is not expected to start the season there: right guard Manny Ramirez. Chris Kuper is still making his way back from a leg injury and is not expected to play. Still, the line will need to be at the top of its game in keeping defenders from knocking Manning down.

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