Michael Schon: Pretty much everything is out of sync right now — early on it was pretty apparent the defense was horrendous, but Cutler was on cue with (Brandon) Marshall, Eddie Royal, Brandon Stokley and Tony Scheffler and they were piling on the points. Now Stokley and Scheffler are banged up, nobody can hold onto the ball and the running game's dropping faster than the stock market. Don't be surprised if rookie running back Ryan Torain makes his debut on Sunday. The kid looked fabulous in camp and had a real shot at a starting spot before he dislocated his elbow three days before the first preseason game.
Q: How much, if at all, will Jay Cutler be affected Sunday by the finger injury he sustained at New England?
MS: The finger doesn't seem to be a big concern right now, but they are defiantly keeping their eye on it. At this stage they don't have much of a choice — there is currently no backup quarterback on Denver's roster. Indications are Darrell Hackney will be promoted from the practice squad, but it's a little uneasy knowing the team's one hit away from having a starting quarterback that has never taken a snap in an NFL game or even officially dressed out since being signed as a rookie free agent in 2005.
Q: The Broncos have a lot of injuries at running back; should the Dolphins be worried about the running game?
MS: Considering the Dolphins are only giving up 3.7 yards per carry, I wouldn't lose any sleep over it. The trump card might be Torain; everybody's anxious to see if he'll live up to all the hype he got during camp and there's probably got a 60 percent chance he'll take the field. Not that I believe everything Mike Shanahan says, but it's the first time he's busted out a Terrell Davis comparison on anybody. It'll be interesting to see how this one plays out.
Q: Just how dangerous are the Broncos' starting wideouts, Brandon Marshall and Eddie Royal?
MS: These guys are solid and pretty much exceeded everyone's expectations from Day One. Without any bias, both have the potential to become major impact players over the next several years, especially with Cutler tossing the rock. Now, if the team could only find a way to play defense and tackle, we might have something special.
Q: The Denver offensive line has long had a reputation for being on the dirty side; does the tag still apply?
MS: It's kind of a hard tag to shake, but I think the focus around the league has shifted. More and more teams are picking up the type of blocking scheme the Broncos employ, so it's hard to single out Denver as being dirty. Will they throw in the occasional chop-block — you bet. Will they get flagged for it? More than likely. But it just isn't making headlines like it used to.