The Denver Broncos finished 7-9 in Vic Fangio's first season in Colorado, but things clicked for them late in the season. The Broncos won four of their last five games (with the only loss coming on the road against the eventual Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs) and won seven of 12 overall after an 0-4 start.
Where does their win total stand after adding a pair of wide receivers (Jerry Jeudy and KJ Hamler) in the 2020 NFL Draft in addition to signing running back Melvin Gordon? William Hill lists Denver's over/under at 7.5 wins with -120 juice on the over.
The Broncos play in arguably the toughest division in the NFL. The AFC West may have all four of its teams at .500 or better in 2020. Playing six tough divisional games will hurt Denver's chances, but they've got enough playmakers on both sides of the ball to hold their own. Are the playoffs a reasonable expectation for the Broncos in 2020? Here's what Mile High Huddle's Erick Trickel had to say:
The Broncos do have some key veterans in place, which can be a good boost for the team and their expectations. When it is all said and done, though, it all comes back to the young players and what they can bring to the field.
It is reasonable to expect the Broncos to perform better than they did last year, but there may be a bit more variance to their play because of the youth on the roster.
I lean toward the over on this bet. I think the Broncos can win nine games this season and earn a wild-card birth. Check out the video above for a full breakdown.
Stats to Know
- Drew Lock started his career in the NFL with a 4-1 record, but he averaged only 204 passing yards and 31.2 passing attempts per game.
- After a disappointing rookie season in catch rate (50.0), Courtland Sutton pushed that number to 57.6 percent setting up a breakthrough season (72/1116/6).
- Noah Fant delivered 40.6 percent of his receiving yards (562) in two games (3/115/1 and 4/113/1).
- In his first two seasons in the NFL, Phillip Lindsay gained over 1,200 combined yards in each year while averaging 15.7 touches per game with 17 TDs.
- The Broncos' run defense held ten teams to fewer than 100 yards rushing (74.1 yards per contest), but they were drilled on the ground in two games (JAC – 38/269 and BUF – 47/244).