The winds of change have hit the Denver Broncos. The key question for bettors and fans now: Can the Broncos return to relevancy? Their fans also have the ability to bet on the NFL.
It was another disappointing season in the Mile High City, to say the least. Denver finished the 2020 regular season 5-11. With it, the Broncos have four-straight losing seasons and a playoff drought now at five seasons. To steal a phrase from the sports betting world, this is now a trend. The goal now is to get the franchise back to where bettors and fans hope, and that’s competing for Super Bowls. Denver has taken what it hopes is the first step on that path.
Out is John Elway, in is George Paton. In early January, the Broncos made the surprising announcement that Elway was stepping aside as the team’s general manager. He’s still the president of football operations, but the control of the football aspect of the franchise now rests with Paton. Paton was hired shortly after the Elway news. This is Paton’s first time as a GM but he was one of the most sought after names in the NFL.
As Paton settles into his role, the main focus is still on quarterback. Now that free agency has taken place, the focus turns to the Draft.
Here is what the Broncos have done so far in the offseason:
Both Betfred and DraftKings have the Broncos listed as the favorite to take Trey Lance in the NFL Draft. Will George Paton get his new QB?
The NFL now has three official sports betting partners in Caesars, DraftKings and FanDuel. Oh, how the times have changed.
Since the Broncos are on a half-decade skid having not made the playoffs, the sportsbooks have them where they did a season ago. As it stands a week before the NFL Draft, Denver is at 7.5 wins at the sportsbooks. What will be interesting to see is if that number fluctuates after the draft and the Broncos, say, take a quarterback.
Here’s a look at the current odds for Denver to win the Super Bowl, AFC and AFC West at some of the top CO betting apps:
Here is a look at the current top contenders to win the Super Bowl as well as where the Broncos’ chances stand:
Despite the hope this would be the season Denver busted the recent trend of losing seasons and not making the playoffs, it was yet more fool’s gold. Yes, the Broncos were ravaged by injuries, but the expectation is (and should be higher) for this franchise. Denver finishing 5-11 is unacceptable. And the fact the Broncos haven’t beat the Kansas City Chiefs since Week 2 of the 2015 season boggles the mind. Think about that: Patrick Mahomes has yet to lose to Denver. Until the Broncos close the gap on Mahomes and the Chiefs, the hope of competing for Super Bowls will become even more far fetched. On top of that, and perhaps even more problematic for the franchise as noted above, the question at quarterback is still present. The debate now in Broncos Country is whether Lock is the answer. Some say run it back with him in 2021. Others want Denver to move on.
In the meantime, NFL free agency has now officially begun. As always with Denver, there are more questions than answers, but we should find out shortly.
You won’t have any trouble finding the Broncos game on the tube. The NFL has ironclad broadcasting deals in place for all windows of the weekly schedule. Fox and NFL Network handle Thursday nights, NBC does Sunday night, and ESPN has Monday Night Football.
For the main Sunday afternoon slate of games, it’s a tag-team effort for CBS and Fox. The former handles the AFC, while the latter takes care of the NFC. The majority of the Broncos games in the coming season can be found on the CBS package.
Each of the NFL’s broadcasting partners can be found in cable, satellite, and streaming packages. There’s also coverage via the app or online presence for the outlet broadcasting the game, but note that valid provider login credentials will be needed. Also, Yahoo Sports provides streams of the games in your area.
DirecTV has the full Sunday Ticket package, which covers all of the afternoon contests, while NFL RedZone provides coverage of all games in highlight-reel fashion. In short, you have plenty of different options for your viewing pleasure.
For games on the main broadcast networks, you’ll be able to catch the action on the nearest local affiliate. Here’s a list of all of those in the CO area for your reference.
On the radio side, KOA NewsRadio serves as the flagship home for Broncos games. Dave Logan handles play-by-play, while Rick Lewis takes care of color commentary. The audio feed is picked up by numerous outlets across the state.
There are some intriguing dates on the Broncos schedule this season. Among the biggest highlights are a trip to take on the Pittsburgh Steelers and a visit from the New Orleans Saints. Here’s a look at what’s on tap this season.
|Date||Opponent||Time||TV||Broncos Result (5-11)|
|Mon. Sep. 14, 2020||vs. Tennessee Titans||10:10 p.m. ET||ESPN||16-14 loss|
|Sun. Sep. 20, 2020||at Pittsburgh Steelers||1:00 p.m. ET||CBS||26-21 loss|
|Sun. Sep. 27, 2020||vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers||4:25 p.m. ET||FOX||28-10 loss|
|Thu. Oct. 1, 2020||at New York Jets||8:20 p.m. ET||NFL Network||37-28 win|
|Sun. Oct. 18, 2020||at New England Patriots||1:00 p.m. ET||CBS||18-12 win|
|Sun. Oct. 25, 2020||vs. Kansas City Chiefs||4:25 p.m. ET||CBS||43-16 loss|
|Sun. Nov. 1, 2020||vs. Los Angeles Chargers||4:05 p.m. ET||CBS||31-30 win|
|Sun. Nov. 8, 2020||at Atlanta Falcons||1:00 p.m. ET||CBS||34-27 loss|
|Sun. Nov. 15, 2020||at Las Vegas Raiders||4:05 p.m. ET||CBS||37-12 loss|
|Sun. Nov. 22, 2020||vs. Miami Dolphins||4:05 p.m. ET||CBS||20-13 win|
|Sun. Nov. 29, 2020||vs. New Orleans Saints||4:05 p.m. ET||FOX||31-3 loss|
|Sun. Dec. 6, 2020||at Kansas City Chiefs||8:20 p.m. ET||NBC||22-16 loss|
|Sun. Dec. 13, 2020||at Carolina Panthers||1:00 p.m. ET||CBS||32-27 win|
|Sat. Dec. 19, 2020||vs. Buffalo Bills||4:30 p.m. ET||NFL Network||48-19 loss|
|Sun. Dec. 27, 2020||at Los Angeles Chargers||4:05 p.m. ET||CBS||19-16 loss|
|Sun. Jan. 3, 2021||vs. Las Vegas Raiders||4:25 p.m. ET||CBS||32-31 loss|
The radio broadcast of Broncos games can also be found on TuneIn radio, which can be accessed online or via a mobile device.