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June 28, 2012
ENEMY lines WHAT A RIVAL COACH SAYS
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June 28, 2012

Denver Broncos

SEPTEMBER

9 PITTSBURGH

8:20 PM

17 AT ATLANTA

8:30 PM

23 HOUSTON

4:15 PM

30 OAKLAND

4:05 PM

OCTOBER

7 AT NEW ENGLAND

4:15 PM

15 AT SAN DIEGO

8:30 PM

21 BYE WEEK

28 NEW ORLEANS

8:20 PM

NOVEMBER

4 AT CINCINNATI

1 PM

11 AT CAROLINA

1 PM

18 SAN DIEGO

4:15 PM

25 AT KANSAS CITY

1 PM

DECEMBER

2 TAMPA BAY

4:05 PM

6 AT OAKLAND

8:20 PM

16 AT BALTIMORE

1 PM

23 CLEVELAND

4:05 PM

30 KANSAS CITY

4:15 PM

ENEMY lines WHAT A RIVAL COACH SAYS

"THIS OFFENSE will be exactly the one that Peyton Manning ran in Indianapolis. That's the offense that he has been used to for so long. If he's healthy—and everything that I hear suggests that he will be—he's going to be his old self. The numbers may not be as off the charts as they were in Indy because the transition is going to take some time. But I see Manning being just as effective.

Demaryius Thomas is on the verge of a breakout year. He has excellent speed and can do some things after the catch. Now with Manning, Thomas is going to do some damage.... Eric Decker is a solid receiver who will move the chains. I think he'll end up as the slot receiver, and in this offense that's a guy who gets a lot of looks in the red zone.... Brandon Stokley may have an edge over Andre Caldwell since he's familiar with Manning and the system, but I doubt that either will see the field much.

The Broncos will play tight ends Jacob Tamme and Joel Dreessen a lot. Because of his days with Manning in Indy, Tamme is my pick to be more productive. Both guys will get their numbers, though.

Willis McGahee will have an even better year than he had in 2011 because of the effect that Manning will have on the passing game. Defenses won't be able to load the box to stop the run anymore.... Rookie Ronnie Hillman will be used in a Darren Sproles--type role, as a third-down back. He's just not the caliber of Sproles."

2012 schedule GAMES WEEK TO WEEK

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