Denver heads into another season with high hopes, and their NFL Odds reflect that. After being one-win away from the ultimate prize last season, the Broncos have re-upped their roster, and look to dominate the AFC once again.
Super Bowl (+650)
After opening up at Bovada Sportsbook as the second highest NFL Futures team right behind the Seahawks, nearly five months later, the sportsbooks are realizing that Denver has gotten better, while the Hawks have gotten slightly worse. With some of the key additions the Broncos have made on defense, it looks as if they could have another excellent season ahead of them. Will Peyton Manning throw for another 55 touchdowns? I’m not quite sure their offense has that in them. However what will be fascinating to watch is if they waltz right back to the Super Bowl. The AFC is the weaker of the two conferences by far, and with only the Patriots, and possibly the Colts and Steelers to look out for, the Broncos’ futures NFL betting pick may be a solid value at +650 to win it all.
Right now the Broncos are the outright favorite to win the AFC. The Patriots are right behind them at +300, however at +225 from Bovada, the Broncos are pretty fairly priced as a betting pick this offseason. Their defensive issues from last season will almost certainly improve this year with the additions of Aquib Talib and TJ Ward. Adding these two into their secondary to tag team with Rahim Moore and Chris Harris gives the Broncos one of the better secondaries in the AFC, and while the Patriots have their own stand-out secondary to show off this season, as long as Denver can play above average, Manning and the Broncos’ offense will take care of the rest. Last season Denver was 27th in defending the pass, giving up nearly 255 passing yards per game in 2013. That will surely be largely improved upon this season with the new additions. Harris is still on the mend from ACL surgery as well, but if he is healthy by the time the season starts, there should be no worries in Denver’s secondary other than a new injury.
AFC West (-300)
Last season the Broncos were challenged pretty much the entire season by the Chiefs and Chargers to an extent, however even though it looked as if their division was in jeopardy, the Broncos won it anyways. This season, no one is going to take the Chiefs lightly like they did last season. A team that went from two-wins to 11 in one season has to be taken seriously. The Chargers are another team that pretty much came out of nowhere a season ago, however in 2014, I doubt we have those kinds of NFL odds surprises in the AFC West.
For starters, the Chiefs and Chargers are both likely due for some regression in 2014. The Chiefs more than San Diego, however I would not be surprised if both took a step back this season after both making the playoffs in 2013. The Raiders will be better than last season, but they are still in rebuild mode after 2013, so even though there is much chalk, the Broncos still might have some value to win the division at -300 from Bovada. I might shoot higher than putting my faith in the Broncos winning the division, but either way, all three of these NFL Odds are in play this offseason. Denver should probably be the outright favorite to win the Super Bowl with all of the improvements they’ve made. Plus I think the Seahawks have regressed some this offseason.