The Broncos and Bears played in the last preseason game on Thursday night in an intriguing battle with plenty of competition. The Broncos defense dominated, recording seven sacks, scoring a touchdown, and forcing a safety. 

The offense wasn't bad either, scoring a touchdown and two field goals to add to the Broncos lead. The Bears struggled to get much going throughout, failing to effectively move the ball on offense for a majority of the game. The defense wasn't awful but struggled after the Bears offense did nothing all game. The final score of the game was Broncos: 22 Bears: 0.

The Bears Struggle.

Both the offense and the defense struggled against the Broncos early. Mark Sanchez immediately marched down the field and torched the Bears secondary with a 32-yard bomb to Demaryius Thomas. But that wasn't the only disappointment of the night. Bears quarterback Jay Cutler went 3 of 4 for just 18 yards and failed to move the ball efficiently. 

The Bears also had virtually no running game, as Jeremy Langford managed to compile just 7 yards on four carries.

And Kevin White was the most disappointing, as he caught just one ball for three yards. But there were some bright spots. 

A deflected pass ended up in the hands of Lorenzo Doss, who managed to corral it for an interception. Cornerback Deiondre' Hall was also solid with five tackles and four passes defended. The Bears also blocked a Brandon McManus field goal on special teams. Still, the Bears will need to play much better than they did on Thursday if they are going to contend in 2016.

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The Emergence of Cody Latimer.

The Broncos could have a budding star on their hands in wide receiver Cody Latimer, who had seven receptions for 82 yards. He showcased great chemistry with quarterback Trevor Siemian, who completed three consecutive passes to Latimer to start his day. 

Latimer was a frequent target throughout the game, consistently getting open for several short gains. The Broncos do have Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders, but they would love to see Latimer become a solid third wide receiver option within the offense.

The Broncos Quarterback Competition.

The most intriguing battle in the offseason has been the one between the three Broncos quarterbacks. Both Mark Sanchez and Trevor Siemian had solid nights, leading the Broncos on drives that eventually resulted in points. 

Sanchez did throw an interception while Trevor Siemian managed to remain turnover free. Both quarterbacks looked sharp, a good sign for a Broncos team that is hoping to get solid play out of one of the two quarterbacks.

 Paxton Lynch looked O.K. in his first game action, completing 6 of 7 passes for 74 yards.

But it wasn't pretty, and Lynch appears to be well behind the other two quarterbacks in this competition. 

Broncos Defense.

The Broncos defense was ranked #1 in most categories last season. On Thursday night, the defense proved that they were more than deserving of that ranking. They scored a touchdown and safety, recorded seven sacks, and completely stifled the Bears offense for the entire night.

 The Broncos defense also pitched a shutout in the entire game, an absurd feat in an NFL that is more well known for scoring than defense.

If the Denver defense continues to be this elite during the regular season, the Broncos will definitely have a chance at a Super Bowl repeat.

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