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
Regular Season Win total: 9 (Over -120)
Props: NFL MVP Odds Peyton Manning 10/1
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
Denver Broncos +180
San Diego Chargers +200
Kansas City Chiefs +300
Oakland Raiders +400
2012 Denver Broncos Schedule (All times Eastern)
01 Sep 9 PIT @ DEN (Sports Authority Field at Mile High 8:20pm NBC)
02 Sep 17 DEN @ ATL (Georgia Dome 8:20pm ESPN)
03 Sep 23 HOU @ DEN (Sports Authority Field at Mile High 4:25pm CBS)
04 Sep 30 OAK @ DEN (Sports Authority Field at Mile High 4:05pm CBS)
05 Oct 7 DEN @ NE (Gillette Field 4:25pm CBS)
06 Oct 15 DEN @ SD (Qualcomm Stadium 8:30pm ESPN)
08 Oct 28 NO @ DEN (Sports Authority Field at Mile High 8:20pm NBC)
09 Nov 4 DEN @ CIN (Paul Brown Stadium 1:00pm CBS)
10 Nov 11 DEN @ CAR (Bank of America Stadium 1:00pm CBS)
11 Nov 18 SD @ DEN (Sports Authority Field at Mile High 4:25pm CBS)
12 Nov 25 DEN @ KC (Arrowhead Stadium 1:00pm CBS)
13 Dec 2 TB @ DEN (Sports Authority Field at Mile High 4:05pm FOX)
14 Dec 6 DEN @ OAK (O co. Stadium 8:20pm NFL)
15 Dec 16 DEN @ BAL (M&T Bank Stadium 1:00pm CBS)
16 Dec 23 CLE @ DEN (Sports Authority Field at Mile High 4:05pm CBS)
17 Dec 30 KC @ DEN (Sports Authority Field at Mile High 4:25pm CBS)
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
Regular Season Win Total: Over 5.5 (-155)
Props: Defensive ROY Odds Von Miller 5/1
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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 Bodog as of August 31:
San Diego Chargers -250
Kansas City Chiefs +450
Oakland Raiders +600
Denver Broncos +1000
2011 Denver Broncos Schedule (All times Eastern)
01 Sep 12 OAK @ DEN (Sports Authority Field at Mile High 10:15pm ESPN)
02 Sep 18 CIN @ DEN (Sports Authority Field at Mile High 4:15pm CBS)
03 Sep 25 DEN @ TEN (LP Field 1:00pm CBS)
04 Oct 02 DEN @ GB (Lambeau Field 4:15pm CBS)
05 Oct 09 SD @ DEN (Sports Authority Field at Mile High 4:15pm CBS)
07 Oct 23 DEN @ MIA (Sun Life Stadium 1:00pm CBS)
08 Oct 30 DET @ DEN (Sports Authority Field at Mile High 4:05pm FOX)
09 Nov 06 DEN @ OAK (O.co Coliseum 4:05pm CBS)
10 Nov 13 DEN @ KC (Arrowhead Stadium 1:00pm CBS)
11 Nov 17 NYJ @ DEN (Sports Authority Field at Mile High 8:20pm NFLN)
12 Nov 27 DEN @ SD (Qualcomm Stadium 4:15pm CBS)
13 Dec 04 DEN @ MIN (Mall of America Field 4:05pm CBS)
14 Dec 11 CHI @ DEN (Sports Authority Field at Mile High 4:05pm FOX)
15 Dec 18 NE @ DEN (Sports Authority Field at Mile High 4:15pm CBS)
16 Dec 24 DEN @ BUF (Ralph Wilson Stadium 1:00pm CBS)
17 Jan 01 KC @ DEN (Sports Authority Field at Mile High 4:15pm CBS)