Sep 17, 2012 11:26 PM by Andy Koen
For the second week in a row the Denver Broncos are playing in primetime visiting the Atlanta Falcons tonight. The big game is drawing big crowds at local bars and restaurants.
After a near perfect performance a week ago set hopes higher at the Old Chicago on Tejon Street in downtown Colorado Springs. But a trio of interceptions by Peyton Manning in the first quarter seemed to subdue spirits.
Though quiter, these Broncos fans here don't give up hope easily.
"I'm so excited for this season," said Ezekiel Villa. "I liked Tebow but when Manning came in, couldn't help but be excited."
Autumn Axtell says she likes Manning's character. "I like that he's humble, he's down to earth, he's not cocky or arrogant," she said. "I appreciate that in an athlete."
"I think Manning has the best potential to give us that magic, that fire, that spark out of anybody we've had since Elway," Brianne Arnold said.
Denver will play in front of a national audience at least three more times this season. It's good news for our local restaurants and bars hoping to translate that enthusiasm into sales.
Their next appearance on Monday Night Football comes in week six at San Diego. You can watch them here on News 5 in their second Sunday Night Football game of the year on October 28 when Denver hosts the New Orleans Saints.
The Broncos will also play a Thursday Night Game on December 6 in Oakland.