Denver opens with inspiring first-drive touchdown, then falls to Miami

They are champions of the NFL, as Broncos’ fans will tell you. But the Miami Dolphins, surprisingly, aren’t champions to Denver’s. The Dolphins are the new owners of the AFC East and if the…

Denver opens with inspiring first-drive touchdown, then falls to Miami

They are champions of the NFL, as Broncos’ fans will tell you. But the Miami Dolphins, surprisingly, aren’t champions to Denver’s. The Dolphins are the new owners of the AFC East and if the opening series of a brand new NFL season is any indication, they don’t intend to let that slip.

The Broncos gave the Dolphins (and the fans watching in Miami) what the NFL calls a Super Bowl moment on their opening kickoff.

They signal the start of the Dolphins game with @DemaryiusT – and the @Broncos go right to work.#DENvsMIA https://t.co/kfFO6njUdG — NFL (@NFL) September 5, 2017

It started out all right for the team formerly known as the Detroit Lions, with quarterback Matthew Stafford and wide receiver Marvin Jones leading the way. But then rookie running back Duke Johnson drove the team down the field before Josh McCown hit a wide open Jarvis Landry for a five-yard touchdown pass. With 30 seconds left on the clock, the Dallas Cowboys kick returner had to stare down a fumbling return man (see the play above) on a play that quickly turned into a Jaguars game-winning touchdown.

The Broncos took it away quickly in the second quarter, scoring one touchdown of their own and hitting kicker Brandon McManus on a 43-yard field goal. As those fans know, the 2017 season will have some of the biggest games of the regular season, including a Week 1 showdown with the Saints in New Orleans. Their first divisional game will be against the Patriots at Gillette Stadium.

To complement that new-look rivalry, the #Broncos have also opened the season by honoring a member of their past: … https://t.co/Qz4ePYJZHr pic.twitter.com/QMwEytDZNc — Denver Broncos (@Broncos) September 5, 2017

Perhaps coming at a good time, the opening drive started with a quick pass to superstar tight end Demaryius Thomas for 19 yards. The team hopes that will continue. When last season concluded, Thomas left the game with a torn Achilles tendon after catching just one pass.

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