Projected season win totals for the Denver Broncos are in full swing. Find out how high expectations are and where the Denver Broncos stack up in NFL betting futures.
Denver Broncos Down To Fifth Overall Faves
With a disappointing 2014-2015 postseason highlighted by an untimely exit at the hands of Andrew Luck and the Colts and a 39-year-old Peyton Manning leading the Denver Broncos, it's not surprising that they've come down in NFL betting markets from season's past. They are still amongst the top five contenders (Table 1) and that's something to hang one's hat on.
The Denver Broncos were runners up to Seattle Seahawks two years ago after suffering one of the worst defeats in Super Bowl betting. Last year, they were unceremoniously dumped by Manning's heir apparent in Indianapolis. There's a lot of speculation about Peyton Manning's fitness and ability to compete at a high level for the duration of the regular season and well into the postseason. For now, the bookies aren't writing off the 39-year-old, sure-fire Hall of Famer.
|Green Bay Packers||+650|
|New England Patriots||+800|
|Kansas City Chiefs||+2800|
|New York Giants||+3000|
|San Diego Chargers||+3300|
|New Orleans Saints||+4000|
|St. Louis Rams||+4000|
|San Francisco 49ers||+4000|
|New York Jets||+6600|
2014-2015 In Review
The Denver Broncos finished the regular season with a convincing 12-4-0 SU record and narrowly missed clinching the AFC top seed after losing to the Patriots at Gillette Stadium. At home, the Broncos were up to their lofty standards with a perfect 8-0 SU record. On the road they did meet with some adversity and finished with a modest 4-4 SU record. Importantly, they went 6-0 SU in their division and 10-2 in the AFC Conference.
Given their overall account on the season as well as their Conference and AFC West Division accounts, it comes as no surprise that they are the clear-cut (or one of) favourites in various NFL betting futures. They are the third overall favourites in the AFC Conference at +550 NFL Odds and the obvious top favourites in the AFC West at -200 NFL odds (Table 2).
American Football Conference Division Odds:
|New England Patriots||Off the Board|
|Miami Dolphins||Off the Board|
|Buffalo Bills||Off the Board|
|New York Jets||Off the Board|
|Kansas City Chiefs||+425|
|San Diego Chargers||+350|
Denver Broncos Projected Season Win Totals
Odds makers chalk the line at 10 wins this season, which is a full win and a half less than their projected season total of 11.5 for last season. A line the Broncos covered with their 12-4-0 SU record, mind. It's worth noting, we had the Broncos on our NFL picks going Over 11.5 at -110 and it was a winning recommendation.
It's quite likely that the lowered expectations have everything to do with the question marks that hang over Peyton Manning at 39 years of age. In any event, the Broncos are still expected to leave the rest of the AFC West division in their wake; that is, if the projected season win totals currently trading across sports betting platforms were any indication (Table 3).
American Football Conference Projected Season Win Totals
(Odds Courtesy of WestGate LV Sportsbook)
|New England Patriots||10.5|
|New York Jets||7|
|Kansas City Chiefs||8.5|
|San Diego Chargers||8|
As it stands, the Broncos have the AFC West Futures Odds market cornered on -200 NFL odds and on a 10 season win total mark. Kansas City Chiefs and San Diego Chargers have proven to be worthy opponents in the last couple of seasons, but they've not been able to crack the division since Peyton Manning's arrival and that counts.
Of course, it's way too early to be say that the Broncos are guaranteed to match their season win totals of the past few years since the Peyton Manning Era got off the ground. By that same token, there's no reason to suggest they won't other than plain old fashioned ageism (Table 4).
AVERAGE WIN TOTALS
NFL Betting Verdict:
Since Peyton Manning's arrival at Mile High, the Broncos have been nigh unbeatable at home and in the division as well. At home, they are 22-2-0 SU in the last three years and in their division they are 17-1 SU in the AFC West.
Their season win total average over the last five years improved to 10 entirely because of Peyton's ability to carry the team to double-digit season totals three years running. If we whittle it down to just the Peyton Era, their seasonal average is 12.67 wins. That's comparable to the New England Patriots' season win total average of 12.6 over the last five years.
Based on recent stats, the projected 10 wins on the season does seem a tad low for the Broncos, prompting us to consider the Over for our NFL picks again in early NFL betting markets. The 2015-2016 NFL schedulers aren't giving the Broncos any favours by handing them the tenth toughest schedule (based on last season's winning percentage of their opponents). Then again, it could have been worse. If the Broncos can continue their dominance in the AFC West, they technically only need to win 50% of their remaining ten games to push the projected total of 10 games. Surely, the Broncos are still good for more than five wins in their remaining ten games outside of the AFC West division?