Broncos Joining AFC West UNDER Parade

Trevor Simean

Jason Lake

Sunday, May 7, 2017 9:37 PM UTC

Sunday, May. 7, 2017 9:37 PM UTC

The AFC West got hosed by the schedule-makers this year, and the Denver Broncos got the worst of it. They’ll make a compelling UNDER candidate for your NFL picks.

How quickly will the Denver Broncos fall apart? This isn’t the same team that won Super Bowl 50, and they’re not exactly on an upward trajectory after finishing 9-7 SU and ATS last year. Expectations for the 2017 campaign are somewhat muted; the Broncos have opened with a total of 8.5 wins on the NFL odds board, leaning toward the OVER at –120.

Those expectations are still too high. Denver is a big pile of question marks this year, especially at quarterback; even the Broncos defense, the best in the league in both 2015 and 2016, has taken a step backward. If that weren’t enough, Denver has to play the NFL’s toughest schedule in 2017. You’d better believe we’re putting the UNDER in our NFL picks.

Orange You Glad I Stopped Saying Banana?

The Broncos aren’t exactly an expansion team, but it’s pretty close. They’ve got a new coaching staff led by Vance Joseph, who’s never been a head coach before. They’ve got a quarterback competition between Trevor Siemian and Paxton Lynch; Siemian was replacement-level as Denver’s top starter, while Lynch wasn’t even that good in relief. Chad “Mr. Irrelevant” Kelly could end up being highly relevant after all.

Meet new Broncos QB Chad Kelly: The most intriguing Mr. Irrelevant in NFL history

— Nicki Jhabvala (@NickiJhabvala) May 5, 2017

Defensively, the Broncos have lost LB/DE DeMarcus Ware to retirement, along with three free agents: LB Dekoda Watson (San Francisco), CB Kayvon Webster (L.A. Rams), and NT Sylvester Williams (Tennessee). Incoming free agents include LB Kasim Edebali (New Orleans), NT Zach Kerr (Indianapolis) and NT Domata Peko (Cincinnati). That’s a downgrade on paper. Overall, Denver appears to be in good shape for the future, but the near future? Not so much. The Broncos might even go 6-10 this year, judging by this schedule. They’ll have to turn three of these losses to victories if they’re going to go OVER 8.5 wins in 2017.

Week 1: vs. L.A. Chargers WIN

Week 2: vs. Dallas LOSS

Week 3: at Buffalo LOSS

Week 4: vs. Oakland WIN

Week 6: vs. N.Y. Giants WIN

Week 7: at L.A. Chargers WIN

Week 8: at Kansas City LOSS

Week 9: at Philadelphia LOSS

Week 10: vs. New England LOSS

Week 11: vs. Cincinnati WIN

Week 12: at Oakland LOSS

Week 13: at Miami LOSS

Week 14: vs. N.Y. Jets WIN

Week 15: at Indianapolis LOSS

Week 16: at Washington LOSS

Week 17: vs. Kansas City LOSS


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