Team Report - Denver Broncos
|Broncos vs Raiders Final: 34-14 - Recap|
|Denver Defeats Houston 37-13 - Recap|
|San Diego Defeats Denver 27-20 - Recap|
|San Diego Chargers vs. Denver Broncos|
|No Injuries to Report|
|Denver is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games|
|Denver is 21-4 SU in its last 25 games|
|The total has gone OVER in 12 of Denver's last 17 games|
|Denver is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games at home|
|Denver is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games at home|
|The total has gone OVER in 7 of Denver's last 9 games at home|
|Denver is 6-10-4 ATS in its last 20 games when playing San Diego|
|Denver is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing San Diego|
|Denver is 1-6-3 ATS in its last 10 games when playing at home against San Diego|
|Denver is 17-8 SU in its last 25 games when playing at home against San Diego|
|Denver is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against San Diego|
|The total has gone OVER in 4 of Denver's last 6 games when playing at home against San Diego|
|Von Miller||LB||Placed on injured reserve|
|Kevin Vickerson||DT||Placed on injured reserve|
|Ryan Clady||OT||Placed on injured reserve|
|Stewart Bradley||LB||Placed on injured reserve|
|Lerentee McCray||LB||Placed on injured reserve|
|Quanterus Smith||DE||Placed on injured reserve|
|Quinton Carter||S||Placed on injured reserve|
|Dan Koppen||C||Placed on injured reserve|
|Greg Orton||WR||Placed on injured reserve|
|Justin Boren||G||Placed on injured reserve|
|LAST 5 GAMES|
|Game Date||Result||Line||Total||ATS Result||OU Result|
|Dec 29, 2013||Won 34-14 @ Oakland||-10||53.5||W||U|
|Dec 22, 2013||Won 37-13 @ Houston||-9.5||53||W||U|
|Dec 12, 2013||Lost 27-20 vs San Diego||-10||56.5||L||U|
|Dec 8, 2013||Won 51-28 vs Tennessee||-13||50.5||W||O|
|Dec 1, 2013||Won 35-28 @ Kansas City||-5.5||50||W||O|
|Offensive Total Yards||457.31||1|
|Offensive Rush Yards||117.06||15|
|Offensive Passing Yards||340.25||1|
|Average Score For||37.88||1|
|Defensive Total Yards||356.00||19|
|Defensive Rush Yards||101.62||6|
|Defensive Passing Yards||254.38||26|
|Average Score Against||24.94||22|
Denver shook off a slow start of 2-3 SU and ATS to finish the regular season a perfect 11-0 SU and 9-2 ATS last year. With Peyton Manning and the Broncos offense now fully acclimated, that five-game learning curve shouldn’t be necessary. After finishing in the top four in the NFL on both offense and defense last year and arguably getting better this offseason with the additions of Wes Welker and Antonio Rodgers-Cromartie, there doesn’t seem to be any reason why the Broncos shouldn’t be the favorite to earn the top seed in the AFC and make a serious run at a Super Bowl title.
Denver Broncos 2012-2013 Season Odds
It was quite a season in Denver last year and an even bigger offseason. Despite a 1-4 start the Broncos got red-hot at exactly the right time as the Chargers choked, allowing Denver to steal away the division with an 8-8 record.
Odds to win AFC West: +180
Tim Tebow helping the Broncos make the playoffs and upset the Steelers in first round wasn't enough to keep him in Denver. After the season the Broncos jettisoned Tebow's legs for Peyton Manning's experienced arm.
Manning's arrival in Denver will likely mean a big change for the Broncos offense. Last season Denver had the 31st (152.1 yards per game) ranked passing attack and the No. 1 (164.5 yards per game) rushing attack in the league. With the addition of Manning the Broncos will likely revert to a more pass-friendly offense. Manning has reportedly already developed a report with wide receiver Eric Decker and deep threat Demeryius Thomas could also be in for a big season. Manning also has a familiar target in Denver in former Colts tight end Jacob Tamme.
The Broncos running game won't be completely abandoned though just because Tebow's gone. Willis McGahee had his best season in four years, rushing for 1199 yards in 15 games. McGahee will begin the season as the starter, but he could have competition if Knowshon Moreno eventually returns from a knee injury.
The Denver defense had some big games last season, but overall they weren't that good, ranking 20th in yards allowed (357.8 yards per game) and 24th in points allowed (24.4 points allowed per game). Von Miller was a beast in his rookie campaign and Champ Bailey is still one of the top corners in the league, but Denver will be without tackle D.J. Williams machine for the first six games due to a drug suspension.
Odds to win AFC West at Bovada as of August 20
2012 Denver Broncos Schedule (All times Eastern)
01 Sep 9 PIT @ DEN (Sports Authority Field at Mile High 8:20pm NBC)
Denver Broncos 2011-2012 Season Odds Preview
Last year, there weren’t many positives to Denver’s season. They finished tied with Buffalo and Cincinnati for the AFC’s worst record at 4-12, and had big problems on both sides of the ball; especially on defense.
One of the big focal points of this season was supposed to be the transitioning into the Tim Tebow era at quarterback, but that has been put on hold for at least the time being with Kyle Orton retaining the job during spring camp. So the focus seems to be on winning now; even if wins may be hard to come by.
Odds to Win AFC West: +1000
Kyle Orton actually had a strong year last year, passing for 3,653 yards and 20 touchdowns (to nine interceptions) in 13 games. Orton is undoubtedly a better quarterback than Tim Tebow right now; but considering this team is in rebuilding mode, many fans are confused as to why the Broncos aren’t letting Tebow go through the growing pains with the team.
If the Broncos fall out of contention, Tebow will likely take over late in the season as he did last year.
Knowshon Moreno will start at running back, and Willis McGahee was brought in to replace Correll Buckhalter as his backup.
No team in the NFL did more poorly on defense last season than the Broncos, who finished dead last in total defense (390.8 yards per game) and scoring defense (29.4 points per game).
Denver drafted linebacker Von Miller with the second overall pick, and hope he can step in and make an immediate impact. Miller was a standout at Texas A&M, racking up 27.5 sacks in his two seasons there. Denver also used their second-round pick on a defensive player, UCLA Safety Rahim Moore.
With a defense that won’t be fixed overnight and an underwhelming offense around him, Kyle Orton isn’t likely going to be able to do much more than he did last year. Miller is good enough to make an immediate impact, but Denver has some catching up to do in the AFC West.
Week 1: vs. Oakland
AFC West Odds at Bovada as of August 31:
2011 Denver Broncos Schedule (All times Eastern)
01 Sep 12 OAK @ DEN (Sports Authority Field at Mile High 10:15pm ESPN)