Chicago's struggles caps great day for Denver

Posted by ESPN.com’s Bill Williamson

It couldn’t have been a better day for the Denver Broncos and their fans on Sunday.

First, after a tumultuous offseason, the Broncos ushered in the Josh McDaniels era with one of the most memorable finishes in team history courtesy of Brandon Stokley ’s 87-yard touchdown play on a tipped ball with 11 seconds to go in the game.

The fabulous Denver day ended on a high note when former Denver quarterback and now Denver villain Jay Cutler threw four interceptions, a career high, in his Chicago debut, a loss at Green Bay.

In addition to Denver fans rooting for Cutler, who was starred during the offseason after a feud with McDaniels, to fail in his new situation, the Broncos have something at stake in Chicago. Denver owns Chicago first-round pick as part of the Cutler trade. The more Chicago, which lost standout linebacker Brian Urlacher for the season Sunday with a wrist injury, losses, the better it is for Denver.

It is particularly important since Denver traded its own first-round pick in 2010 to Seattle to get cornerback Alphonso Smith in the second round. Denver was criticized for not making the trade conditional on the lower of the two first-round picks. So, if the Chicago is lower than Denver’s own pick, the criticism will heightened leading up the draft.

So, Chicago’s loss Sunday night was a good start. And a great finish to a great opening day for Denver.