By Marc Mandell

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Quarter 2 for the 2016 Season Schedule for our Denver Broncos. By now it’s the first week in October. The Broncos are 3-1, Mark Sanchez is still the starter, and the running game is humming along nicely. With Von Miller signed before training camp the defense is great just like last year. Now on to week 5.

ATL 16 @ DEN 24 When Atlanta comes to the Mile High City, I feel that both teams will be coming off of a win and both teams will be feeling good. The Falcons play the Panthers at home the week before, and the Broncos are returning home from their road trip in Tampa Bay. Atlanta still has Matty Ice, and even though they lost Roddy White, Julio Jones is a top 5 wide receiver, the run game isn’t the worst in the league, and the defense has a real head coach in Dan Quinn. The Broncos win this game because of turnovers. Bradley Roby will pop Devonta Freeman and the ball will come free, allowing Brandon Marshall to do the ole swoop n scoop and run it 40 yards for the touchdown to win the game. Remember last time when I mentioned how the scheduling works? The Broncos play the NFC South as the out of conference portion of the year. By now Denver has already played 3 of the 4 teams in that division. And so far, clean sweep. We will cover the last team in that division later on in the season, so keep your eyes out for that in the next quarter of the season.

DEN 14 @ SD 17 Really Marc?! Are you kidding me with this? No in fact I am not kidding you. Denver has ruled the division for years. All the other teams in our division have been building their teams just to beat the Broncos. This is the first meeting of a team inside our division for the season. Now let me be perfectly clear, I think Phyllis Rivers is a crying baby. He is also a really good QB. And he is playing at home. A home that they nearly lost a few months ago. Melvin Gordon should be a bit better, and though their offensive line was nearly as much of a disaster as the Broncos was last year, much like Denver, the Chargers spent time and money rebuilding it. Antonio Gates will be fully healthy as well as Keenan Allen, their No.1 Wide Receiver. The Broncos will struggle in San Diego this week. Both teams know each other very well, but rest assured, the next visit will go very differently.

HOU -10 @ DEN 100 Well well well. Look what the cat dragged in. Ole Brocky comes back to town. I don’t really blame him for leaving, but I blame him for leaving, you know what I mean? I couldn’t turn down 18 freaking million dollars a year either. It still stings though. Personally, I don’t buy the story that he felt slighted when he was benched in week 16 for Peyton. It seems he too soon forgot that it was Peyton who was benched in favor of him just 7 weeks prior. Its the NFL. Nothing comes easy. If it was, a guy like Tebow would still be in the NFL. Deep down I do hope that he finds his way and has success in the league. He has paid some dues, and he does seem to have the work ethic necessary to excel at the NFL level. I Just wasn’t ready to start over completely at the QB position this year. It is what it is I suppose though huh? Anyway, back to the game. Upon Brocks’ return, Von Miller, Demarcus Ware and the rest of the nasty will have Brock on his back side all day. Multiple turnovers and poor decision making will send the Houston Texans back to the humidity with a big ole L. So with that, who’s next….

SD 14 @ DEN 21 Fancy this!! Look who the Broncos get again! And just two weeks after the first meeting no less. This time it is different. This time it’s at home, this time Phyllis won’t have time to set his feet, won’t have open throwing lanes, and his running game will be Kaput!! We will get to watch the inevitable meltdown that Bronco fans long for. We don’t want to see him pout, we neeeeed to see him pout. I don’t know about you, but I am a Denver native and I must admit, at the risk of sounding like an ass, I get a certain satisfaction from knowing that both California and Texas are both downstream of us. That’s the same satisfaction I feel when I see that dumb look of confusion and frustration on Rivers’ face. You know the one I’m talking about. Did you just chuckle like I did? Yeah, always good for a laugh that guy.

After the lashing that San Diego took at the hands of the Broncos, the following day is Halloween. We have eclipsed the half way point in the season. 8 weeks down, 8 more to go. The Bye week is coming up in the next bit of the schedule. If Sanchez is struggling, and its a very real possibility, as 8 weeks is enough time to get a good idea of what he brings to the table, we might start hearing some news from Dove Valley that Lynch or Siemian could be looking at their first start of the season. I also would venture a guess that we have seen a solid helping of rookie Davonte Booker by now as well. Ronnie Hillman will be something of an after thought. Thanks for reading ladies and gentleman, and I will check in with you next week with the next stretch of the season, 3rd and 2.