The majority of intrigue during Week 1 of the NFL Preseason comes from seeing the new class of rookies make their debuts.
And while this one does feature the fifth-overall pick, Bradley Chubb, most of the discussion is focused on the Broncos’ new quarterback, Case Keenum, facing his old team and Kirk Cousins debuting with the Vikings.
The game is scheduled for Saturday, August 12 at 9pm EST from Broncos Stadium at Mile High.
In spite of Keenum leading the Vikings to the NFC Championship, posting a 98.3 passer rating along the way, Minnesota opted to pursue Kirk Cousins in free agency.
Here’s Kirk Cousins giving an authentic answer about dealing with pressure and the expectations of being the new “$84 million man.” He couldn’t have answered this any better than he did.pic.twitter.com/tNQcvGpYPy
— J Reid (@JReidNFL) July 29, 2018
Cousins is unlikely to see more than one series, but Vikings fans will be expecting their new pivot to prove early and often that he is an upgrade over Keenum.
Keenum’s arrival in Denver has reinvigorated a team that is only two years removed from a Super Bowl championship.
— Denver Broncos (@Broncos) August 10, 2018
The 30-year-old hopes to bring the Broncos offense back to respectability, which starts with protecting the football. Denver finished 31st in turnovers last season with a mixture of Trevor Siemian (now the backup in Minnesota), Paxton Lynch, and Brock Osweiler under center.
Don’t expect to see much of Keenum, but head coach Vance Joseph will want to see his new pivot move the chains a little.
— Gazette Sports (@CSGazetteSports) August 10, 2018
Looking to the depth at quarterback for each team, there’s not much to like. Paxton Lynch has been very disappointing, which could lead to the Broncos opting to keep Chad Kelly as their backup.
And as mentioned, Siemian will enter the game behind Cousins for the Vikings.
I expect the Broncos defense to look to take out a little frustration on Siemian for what he put them through for the last two seasons. Give me the Broncos to win and I’ll take the UNDER, as well.
Denver barely got by the Vikings, 23-20, the last time these two teams met, which was October 4th, 2015. The Broncos were 7.0-point favorites in that game.