The Denver Broncos look like a team possessed thus far in the preseason but will that translate to more ATS covers in preseason play and more importantly can they be counted upon to cash in your NFL picks during the regular season?
Broncos Bucking the Competition
I know it's the preseason and the records don't count. I realize none of what is happening in Denver's first two preseason games will mean anything once the regular season kicks. I also know that once they lose their first game all this hoo-ha will be forgotten like a boy band in their 30's. None of it will matter, no one will care and we will squint our eyes trying to remember what all the fuss was about once the games are played for real in September.
But what if - now just work with me here - this juggernaut that tore apart the San Francisco 49'ers on Sunday night, at the brand spanking new Levi's Stadium no less, is emblematic of what we will see in the regular season? As of this writing the Broncos are 2-0 and are a +39 in point differential leading all NFL teams. And as long as we are talking about that 2-0 record both victories have come against two of the best teams in the NFL as they defeated the Super Bowl Champion Seahawks 21-16, covering as one-point favorites in NFL odds, and then eviscerated the Niners 34-0. Their spanking in the Super Bowl seems to be as fresh as the morning after because this is a team that is clearly pissed about something.
So What Have We Learned?
Aside from the offense clicking on all cylinders and in midseason form the offensive line looks impressive to say the least. This is a group that was punished by a relentless Seahawks pass rush in the Super Bowl and vowed to get better in the offseason. Last year the Broncos lavished a bountiful contract upon left tackle Ryan Clady only to see him go down in mid-September but the perennial Pro Bowler is back in the fold and the man to his right, offensive guard Orlando Franklin, looks as cool as the other side of the pillow shifting from the right to the left side. Manning's blindside bodyguards stretch over thirteen feet tall and tip the scales at almost 700 pounds between them. No wonder Manning hasn't gotten his uniform dirty against the first string defenses!
Perhaps the only area of concern on the offensive side of the ball is the running back situation. Monte Ball is slated to be the primary tailback after Knowshon Moreno took the money and ran all the way to Miami in the offseason. But he is currently sidelined after undergoing an appendectomy therefore the battle between backups C.J. Anderson and Ronnie Hillman continues to rage until Ball gets back in uniform which is supposed to occur before the preseason is over.
What Are the NFL Odds on Denver?
Perhaps it's not the wisest betting strategy to bet on a team the day after they looked positively impeccable but then again if the Broncos keep getting better then you have to believe those NFL odds are going to continue to plummet. If you agree that Denver's offensive line is going to be even better in their pass blocking protections then why not get your bad self on over to WilliamHill.com and put a few bucks on Peyton Manning at +250 to have the most passing yards at the end of the regular season?
Or if you're more of a team guy then what about betting 'over' 11 ½ in NFL future odds that the Broncos will win 12 or more? Take it one step further and you can get Denver +250 to win the AFC and +700 to win the Super Bowl this season in your NFL picks for the upcoming 2014 NFL season.