On Monday night the 2011 NFL regular season will officially commence for the Denver Broncos and Oakland Raiders. The two division rivals face off in what will surely be one of the most important games of the year for both teams.
As hard as it is for a Week 1 matchup to be a crucial game, this game certainly will hold some weight over the course of the year.
There are plenty of questions that remain to be answered for both squads. For Denver, the questions they intend to answer on Monday will outline the rest of its season:
Can Denver's defense, plagued with injuries, stop the run?
Will Kyle Orton's 2010 stats prove to be an inflation as a result of always playing from behind? Or does he possess the skill set to continue his offensive prowess?
Will Denver's awful rushing attack from 2010 transform into a league-leader with the addition of Willis McGahee?
Let's take a look at the game-changers for Denver—the players that serve to make a statement on Monday and help the Broncos toward a fast start in 2011.