The Denver Broncos has a solid 12-4 season last year, but how many more years like that do they have left, as this is an aging team. Vegas is expecting a slight decline this year as the Broncos win total has been set at 10.5 (U -120). Betting odds have the Broncos listed at -250 to win the AFC West, +500 to win the AFC Title and +1300 to win the Superbowl. A Preview of the Denver Broncos along with their 2015 Schedule is below.
Last year the Bronco offense was 2nd in the league in scoring, at 30.1 ppg, while also ranking 4th in total yards (402.9 ypg), 4th in passing (291.3 ypg) and 15th in rushing (111.6 ypg). On offense the Broncos to a step back from their record setting 2014, but still they finished 2nd in the league in scoring and will again be led by Peyton Manning. One has to feel that this guy has just 1 maybe two years left, but still a 75% Peyton would be better than most starting QBs in the league. The passing game took a bit of a hit when Julius Thomas left via Free Agency and the Broncos tried to replace him by drafting Jeff Heuerman, but he tore his ACL in May and is lost for the season. They also lost Wes Welker and i don't feel that Emanuel Sanders, Demaryius Thomas and Cory Latimer really will make this offense go at top level. The running game is in fine hand with CJ Anderson and Montee Ball, but the OL needs to be addressed as they lost two key cogs in Manuel Ramirez and Orlando Franklin in the offseason. Overall I will call for another drop in production from this offense.
Defensively, the Broncos ranked 16th in points allowed (22.1 ppg), 3rd in yards allowed (305.2 ypg), 9th vs the pass (225.4 ypg) and 2nd vs the run (79.8 ypg). The Broncos improved on defense last year, especially vs the run and they should be a solid unit once again. The Broncos used their first pick in the draft to take DE Shane Ray, who should really help their pass rushing game. Derek Wolfe and Malik Jackson, both return, plus 2013 first round draft pick, Sylvester Williams, should get starting time this year. It is an average DL, but they do play well together. The LB is also solid with the return of Von Miler, Demarcus Ware and Brando Marshall, who are all slid pass rushers, plus very good against the run as well. The secondary is led by Chris Harris, who may be the best cover corner in the league. Aqib Talib returns, but he struggled last year in pass coverage, while TJ Ward was good in helping to stop the run, but was also bad in pass defense and may have been the weak link on this team. This will again be a solid defense, but im not sure they will crack the top 10 this year.
The Denver Broncos are starting to decline some, but they are still a good ball club that is capable of winning the AFC West, but that is just because the whole division is down. It could take just 9 wins to win this division this year. Still this team must stay healthy, especially at the QB spot as they will be dead in the water should Peyton go down. The passing game overall should be down some as the Broncos have lost some key contributors at wideout and TE and they will be tough shoes to fill. Plus as we noticed last year the Broncos went to more of a ball control offense in an attempt to shorten games and protect Peyton so if they do that again it will have a bearing on their overall numbers. The defense was solid last year and that's about all they can hope from this time around. I do not feel that this s a team that con make a run at the Super Bowl as they are aging and don't have a ton of depth, but 10 wins and an AFE West Title is something that I do expect.
Info Gathered From Scout.com & Athlon Sports
2015 Denver Broncos Schedule
Sept. 13 Baltimore Ravens, 4:25
Sept. 17 at Kansas City Chiefs (Thu), 8:25
Sept. 27 at Detroit Lions, 8:30
Oct. 4 Minnesota Vikings, 4:25
Oct. 11 at Oakland Raiders, 4:25
Oct. 18 at Cleveland Browns, 1
Oct. 25 BYE
Nov. 1 Green Bay Packers*, 8:30
Nov. 8 at Indianapolis Colts, 4:25
Nov. 15 Kansas City Chiefs, 4:25
Nov. 22 at Chicago Bears, 1
Nov. 29 New England Patriots*, 8:30
Dec. 6 at San Diego Chargers, 4:05
Dec. 13 Oakland Raiders, 4:05
Dec. 20 at Pittsburgh Steelers, 4:25
Dec. 28 Cincinnati Bengals (Mon), 8:30
Jan. 3 San Diego Chargers, 4:25
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