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Rival Report 8/11: Denver Broncos start preseason tonight against Chicago Bears

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It is just preseason football, but there are still plenty of reasons to be interested in the Denver Broncos game tonight against the Chicago Bears. First and foremost is watching how their stable of quarterbacks will play in real game action. Will any of them step up to claim the job or will Mark Sanchez actually coast into the regular season as the starter?

The answer to that question for the Broncos will come over time depending on how their players play in the preseason and tonight is the first chance to see how that goes. Mark Sanchez gets a lot of criticism thrown his way, but it's his job to lose as of right now. Can 1st round pick rookie Paxton Lynch give Denver reason to change their mind, or maybe it will be Trevor Siemian who puts on a show instead?

With it just being the first preseason game it is actually going to be more about the Broncos and Bears depth and seeing what they have to offer. That is also a point to watch for in any preseason game in general that you may come across during the next month, because there are always decent players that get cut that are worth paying attention to. Perhaps the next Raiders contributor will be on the field tonight and we don't even know it yet.

The Bears offer some intrigue as well, most notably we finally get to see last year's first round pick WR Kevin White in action. There was a lot of talk about which player would be better in the NFL between Raiders receiver Amari Cooper and White, but those comparisons were put on hold when a foot injury kept Kevin White on IR for all of his rookie season.

Will he be able to catch up to Cooper's big head start after Amari Cooper had a heck of a rookie year last season? Tonight will be the first glimpse to find out. The action starts at 5pm PT/8pm ET, though it won't be aired on NFL Network until 8pm PT/11pm ET. There also is the ability to stream the game if you were to purchase the NFL's Game Pass which also is now offered as an upgrade on DIRECTV's Sunday Ticket.

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