Breaking Down The Denver Broncos Win Total
2020 NFL Season
Denver Broncos: 7.5 wins -- Super Bowl Odds: 40/1 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Denver Broncos have missed the playoffs in each of the last four years and have won no more than seven games the last three years. Oddsmakers have set the Broncos win total at 7.5 wins, which means they’d have their most successful season since the Gary Kubiak if the over cashes.
Subtractions: Missing quarterback Joe Flacco probably isn’t that big of a deal, but he was the Broncos leading passer last season with 1,822 yards and a completion percentage of 65.3 percent in eight games. Cornerback Chris Harris leaves after nine seasons with the Broncos, and he racked up 518 total total tackles, 4.5 sacks, six forced fumbles, 20 interceptions and 90 pass deflections during that span. Safety Will Parks is gone after four seasons in Denver where he had 149 total tackles, two forced fumbles and four interceptions. Defensive end Derek Wolfe is gone after eight seasons with Broncos where he had 299 total tackles, one interception and 15 pass deflections.
Additions: The Broncos added a punch to their backfield with the addition of Melvin Gordon. In five seasons with the Chargers, Gordon produced 4,240 rushing yards and 36 touchdowns. The Broncos also strengthened their offensive line by bringing in guard Graham Glasgow, who started 58 games with the Detroit Lions. Defensively, the Broncos add cornerback A.J. Bouye, who has 315 total tackles, 66 pass deflections and 14 interceptions on his resume. Bouye was a Pro Bowl selection in 2017 with the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Overall: The Broncos offense really struggled last season, as they were 28th in both points and yards. However, getting a full season of Drew Lock at quarterback should help and the addition of Gordon paired with Phillip Lindsay gives the Denver Broncos possibly the best running back tandem in the league. The Broncos should have a respectable offense this season and that alone makes them a much improved team.
Defensively, the Broncos have been good for many years and that won’t change with most of last years contributors returning for another season. Getting a healthy Bradley Chubb is as good as any addition Denver could have made, as we’re talking about a player who had 12 sacks and two forced fumbles in 2018. Bouye is a solid corner, and he’ll add to a pass defense that was 11th in passing yards allowed last season.
The issue is the schedule, as the Broncos already aren’t in an easy division, and they have road games against the Atlanta Flacons, New England Patriots and Pittsburgh Steelers. The Broncos also have to play the New Orleans Saints, Tennessee Titans and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. There’s not a whole lot of sure fire wins on this Broncos schedule.
The Broncos should be a more balanced and better football team, but the tough schedule is forcing me to consider taking the under.