Broncos lasso two Jakes!

Aug 8, 2006 4:21 AM

Broncomania is back with the potential for a quarterback controversy involving Jakes.

It will be starter Jake Plummer as the No. 1 till injured or unseated, perhaps seeing a couple of series in the preseason opener this Friday in Detroit against the Lions. Denver opened as a 1½ point road favorite at the Palms Race & Sports Book in Las Vegas with the posted total at 39.

The No. 2 Jake at this time is top draft pick Jake Cutler out of Vanderbilt, who many scouts rated ahead of both Matt Leinart (USC/Arizona Cardinals) and Vince Young (Texas/Tennessee Titans).

Plummer did lead the Broncos to the AFC title game against Pittsburgh so his No. 1 status is safe for now. Having been courted by head coach Mike Shanahan after a lengthy stay with the Arizona Cardinals, Plummer figures to keep his job through the season if he keeps his interceptions down and victories up.

The Broncos remain among the elite teams in the NFL, a 10-1 choice at Caesars Palace to win the 2007 Super Bowl in Miami. Caesars rates Denver fourth best in the AFC at 5-1 to win the conference title on the strength of good balance in all phases — offense, defense, special teams.

Denver’s other preseason games are Aug. 19 at Invesco against Tennessee, Aug. 27 hosting Houston and Aug. 31 at Arizona. With only four days to prepare for the Cardinals, compared to eight against both the Titans and Texans, it would figure that Denver’s first unit would see most of its preseason action in Week 2 and 3.

Thus, the Broncos would seem a likely "go-against" for that final preseason game heading into the regular season opener Sunday, Sept. 10 at St. Louis against the Rams. Again, the Broncos opened as a road favorite, currently 3½ points with the total 48½.

Broncos +1½ at Lions (39):

On the surface, it would seem that the Lions have a lot more at stake during the preseason. One fan is campaigning for a ”˜Millenman March’ with the goal of firing GM Matt Millen. The Joey Harrington experiment was a failure, leaving the talented Lions with three potentially great young wideouts Roy Williams, Mike Williams and Charles Rogers with nobody to feed them the rock.

Josh McCown opens at the No. 1 QB, but the job is wide open. As for Denver, expect Shanahan to play a bunch of folks at tailback and hope one breaks out of the pack and grabs the No. 1 role. Right now, Tatum Bell is the early leader.

With the game in Detroit, we’ll side with the Lions getting points in their own crib. LIONS.