8-8 (9-7 ATS), 2nd Place AFC West in 2009
After starting off the season at 6-0 last year, it seemed virtually impossible for the Denver Broncos to miss the playoffs. The impossible suddenly became possible. The Broncos absolutely collapsed, especially at the end of the season. HC Josh McDaniels put his career on the line by suspended several players for the regular season finale against the Kansas City Chiefs that determined whether or not Denver would go the playoffs. The move backfired, and the truth of the matter is that McDaniels is lucky to still have a job. Expectations are lower in the Mile High City this year, but that doesn't mean that the Broncos still don't have to make the playoffs to keep the brass of the team happy.
2010 Draft: Let the questioning begin. Not only did the Broncos take a stab on QB Tim Tebow in the first round of the draft, but the traded up to get him. McDaniels is hoping the fact that Tebow was a proven winner in college can translate over to the NFL. All too often though, players who excelled at the collegiate level have failed miserably in the pros, particularly that played in gimmick offenses such as Tebow did at Florida. We give #15 all the credit in the world for being arguably the greatest college football player ever, but until he learns how to take a snap from under center, something that he maybe did a dozen times in his entire collegiate career, we aren't sold that this pick will do anything but cripple the Denver organization.
Offensive Outlook: Only McDaniels knows whether Tebow is going to be the man taking snaps for his offense at the outset of the season or not. If not, incumbent QB Kyle Orton will be given those duties once again. Orton put up some decent numbers last season, throwing for 3,802 yards and 21 TDs, but a lot of his production was thanks to WR Brandon Marshall, who was traded in the offseason. Even though he didn't have a single 100+ yard game in 2009, the training wheels might be coming off of RB Knowshon Moreno this year, and if that happens, the second year man out of Georgia could be good for 1,200 yards and a dozen scores.
Defensive Outlook: The defense is what really made the Broncos last season, and this unit is every bit as good this year as it was in '09. At times, you just didn't pass the ball on this squad, as it ultimately ranked third in the pros, allowing 186.3 yards per game. The AFC West isn't a pass happy division either, save for the San Diego Chargers, so those numbers should be kept up once again. If there is a way to put up a 17 sack season and do so quietly, DL Elvis Dumervil figured it out. The fifth year man out of Louisville was blasted for being undersized, but he has come into the pros in a big way, recording 43 sacks in his first four seasons.
2010 Betting Outlook: This could be the biggest question mark in the NFL betting world in 2010. The Broncos were incredibly underrated at the outset of last season, but after starting 6-0, all of a sudden they were overrated in a big way. The lines will be significantly different depending on whether or not Tebow is the man taking snaps, and there probably hasn't been a bigger head scratcher in recent history than what impact he will have on the lines. We don't have a great idea about what to do with this team in 2010, and the suggestion is to stay away until we start to figure things out.
All Odds for 2010 NFL betting season can be found at Brobury Sportsbook. Denver Broncos Predictions: 7-9, 3rd Place in AFC West 2010 Denver Broncos Schedule
Denver Broncos Odds To Win AFC West: +600
Denver Broncos Odds To Win AFC: +2400
Denver Broncos Odds To Win Super Bowl XLV: +6000
Denver Broncos Regular Season Win Total: 7.5 over -125
If you're not a Tebow believer, there is no way that you can picture the Broncos reaching the .500 mark this year. The AFC West is still incredibly weak, but we can't help but wonder if this team even stacks up to what the Oakland Raiders have to offer this year. A second place schedule could be brutal, especially with the AFC South appearing on the slate this year. We aren't expecting much out of Denver, and neither should you unless McDaniels and Tebow plan on working miracles.
Week 1 - Away @ Jaguars
Week 2 - Home vs. Seahawks
Week 3 - Home vs. Colts
Week 4 - Away @ Titans
Week 5 - Away @ Ravens
Week 6 - Home vs. Jets
Week 7 - Home vs. Raiders
Week 8 - Away @ 49ers
Week 9 - Bye
Week 10 - Home vs. Chiefs
Week 11 - Away @ Chargers
Week 12 - Home vs. Rams
Week 13 - Away @ Chiefs
Week 14 - Away @ Cardinals
Week 15 - Away @ Raiders
Week 16 - Home vs. Texans
Week 17 - Home vs. Chargers
Denver Broncos Predictions: 7-9, 3rd Place in AFC West
2010 Denver Broncos Schedule