The Denver Broncos are accustomed to making history.
Just not the kind the Broncos are making now.
Under the ownership of Pat Bowlen, the franchise was one of the best in all of professional sports. Now, Denver is irrelevant and nowhere near the organization it once was.
After the Broncos 34-13 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers, they will finish with their fifth-straight losing season. To put that in perspective, in Bowlen’s time as owner (1983-2016), they finished with five losing seasons.
Wait, the horrible history doesn’t stop there.
Denver is the first franchise in NFL history to win a Super Bowl and then fail to make the playoffs in the proceeding six seasons.
Up next is the Kansas City Chiefs, a team the Broncos have not beat since Week 2 of the 2015 regular season.
Chiefs vs Broncos odds]
There is some good news for this weekend’s game. The NFL flexed it from Sunday to Saturday. That means Broncos Country can get this game out of the way and have the rest of its weekend back.
As for the game, it could get really ugly.
Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs lost a tough game to the Cincinnati Bengals that takes them out of the No. 1 seed in the AFC. To have a chance to reclaim it, Kansas City needs a win on Saturday. And then some major help. The Chiefs would need the Houston Texans to beat the Tennessee Titans. In this NFL season, stranger things have happened, even if it is highly unlikely.
But it starts with the Chiefs beating Denver. So, yeah, it could get really ugly.
As Mahomes told the media after the 34-31 loss to the Bengals:
“We just have to continue to work on being better; hopefully — in this next game going into the playoffs — we can get rolling.”
The Broncos betting odds indicate a blowout Kansas City win. Denver is a massive -point underdog to the Chiefs.
The other popular NFL betting market is the over/under. The total sits at for Saturday’s game.
In Broncos games this season, the under is 12-4.
How the Broncos cover
An outright win is highly unlikely, so the only hope for fans betting on Denver this weekend is to cover. The good news is the number is pretty large and the Vic Fangio defense has done a pretty good job of keeping Mahomes and Co. in check.
The problem is the Broncos offense cannot do anything, and that’s the rub when betting on this team. Heck, that’s the problem since Peyton Manning retired.
The only hope for Denver to cover the spread is for the offense to score 17 points. If that happens, the Broncos have a puncher’s chance to cover.
But based on history and how pissed off Mahomes and the Chiefs will play, this could get out of hand really quickly.
The best play may be to not bet Saturday’s game and watch the Broncos end their season with another whimper.
At least the needed change is hopefully on the way.