John Elway missed out on Kirk Cousins and will now rely on veteran Case Keenum to bring the Broncos back to the playoffs. With a strong rookie class, the Broncos look poised to be a better team than last year.
AFC WEST DIVISION WINNERS: +400 (Bovada)
AFC CONFERENCE CHAMPIONS: +1800 (Bovada)
SUPER BOWL 53 CHAMPIONS: +4000 (Bovada)
Team Win Total: O/U 7.5 (Westgate)
Week 1 vs. Seattle (+2) Week 9 vs. Houston (PK)
Week 2 vs. Oakland (-1) Week 10 BYE WEEK
Week 3 @ Baltimore (+5.5) Week 11 @ Los Angeles (Chargers) (+4.5)
Week 4 vs. Kansas City (-1) Week 12 vs Pittsburgh (+3)
Week 5 @ New York (Jets) (-1.5) Week 13 @ Cincinnati (-1)
Week 6 vs. Los Angeles (Rams) (-2.5) Week 14 @ San Francisco (+4.5)
Week 7 @ Arizona (-1.5) Week 15 vs. Cleveland (-5.5)
Week 8 @ Kansas City (+4.5) Week 16 @ Oakland (+4)
Week 17 vs. Los Angeles (Chargers)
Seattle to start the year is tough for any team even with their new look roster. Road tests at Ravens and Jets will most likely give fans a good idea of where this team sits. Home games against Rams, Steelers and Houston will be tough test but help the home team here.
Key Team Additions and Subtractions
Additions – QB Case Keenum, T Jared Veldheer, DT Clinton McDonald, CB Tremaie Brock, S Sua Cravens, and P Marquette King
Subtractions – QB Trevor Siemian, C.J. Anderson, WR Bennie Fowler, WR Cody Latimer, TE Vigil Green, and CB Aqib Talib
Draft – DE Bradley Chubb, WR Courtland Sutton, RB Royce Freeman, CB Isaac Yiadom, LB Josey Jewell, WR DaeSean Hamilton, TE Troy Fumagalli, G Sam Jones, LB Keishawn Bierria, and RB David Williams
Vance Joseph looked like his college scheme would work for Denver, but defensive coordinators quickly caught on. Trevor Siemian was asked to throw 50 times in games and that wasn’t a winning game plan. Case Keenum is coming from a situation where he benefited from two of the best wide receivers in the league as well as one of the best tight end. Keenum manages games well and didn’t turn the ball over much which is what the Broncos need.
Devontae Booker and Royce Freeman will most likely see split time at the running back position. The Broncos felt like C.J. Anderson cost a little too much for them and will now lean on Booker’s upside and Oregon’s heavy lifter Freeman. The run game should improve now that there is a threat to throw the ball.
With Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders healthy, they should return to their norms. Both aging and showing serious regression, is somewhat on the play calling in Denver. Courtland Sutton and DaeSean Hamilton should be solid contributors and steals in the draft. Both could end up taking the roles of the two staples. Jake Butt will get his first crack at the NFL after recovering from injury. If he can solidify the tight end spot, that will immensely help this offense.
The line was one of the worst in the league last year. They will need Veldheer to step up, the right tackle spot which has been awful the past few years. The left side is not near as bad with Garett Bolles, Ronald Leary and Matt Paradis solidifying the the blindside, the right side will need to improve to help move this pack.
Derek Wolfe came back and they added Clinton McDonald to the mix. Those two are a solid pair but Domata Peko will need to bring some more gap stopping weight to the game.
Bradley Chubb was blessed to fall to the Broncos. He will have less pressure and alleviate some from Von Miller causing chaos on the other side. Brandon Marshall will continue to roam the center of the field with Todd Davis and rookie Josey Jewell. The line backing core will be strong and one of the best in the league.
Talib will be missing from the NO FLY ZONE but Denver believes Bradley Roby is ready to take the leap. Lock down Chris Harris Jr. is one of the best in the league and will help contain a division with great wideouts. Darian Stewart and Justin Simmons will man the safety spots but need to play a little better to help control the passing game. Su’a Cravens could be a potential beast and help in nickel formations.
Kicker Brandon McManus and punter Marquette King are two of the better at their respected positions. Booker and Jordan Taylor will most likely be in the return game in what needs to be much better from last season.
The Broncos will be much better than last year. But they were really really bad last year. Case Keenum will help solidify the quarterback spot. Vance Joesph isn’t the coaching answer, he’s just not ready for the title. The defense again will be strong for the Orange Crush. However, the offense still has a ton of questions, will the line hold up, will DT and Sanders return to form, can Jake Butt be that guy, will the running backs produce? There is too many questions surrounding the Broncos offense in a deep division to trust them.
No play here. The wins total is too close to where they should land to be comfortable playing that line. The lean is the under but there isn’t enough evidence to feel comfortable playing either way.
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