1. Cutler is positively unflappable no matter the situation
And maybe he is growing up a little bit, as Cutler again stated publicly that Denver has great fans – deep down he probably wanted to give them all a middle finger while trotting triumphantly back to the locker room.
2. Harris can still be effective even if he's not dominant
Given the fact that the Broncos feature a smaller offensive line and do a lot of cut blocking, the coaching staff might even have considered giving Harris the night off – but he played a lot and played very well.
3. Ground game still isn't as polished as it needs to be
While Frank Omiyale is going to be the starter at left guard because of all the money he got in free agency, he has a long way to go before he's a mauler on the ground.
4. Tinoisamoa may be the offseason's smartest acquisition
Don't look for him to register 100-plus tackles like he did in St. Louis year in and year out – the Bears don't need him to do that – since he'll always be the third banana, but Tinoisamoa can stop a ball carrier cold in the open field.
5. Goodbye to Orton just as important as hello to Cutler
While Cutler was moving the offense at will after taking a series or two to get settled, Orton looked like the same passer in Denver he always was in Chicago: immobile in the pocket, inaccurate with his arm and ineffective for long stretches of time.
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