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, and we get closer to the 2021-22 season, here’s a rundown of the Broncos offseason, starting with the NFL Draft and who Denver selected, followed by the offseason tracker. Before that, here are the odds for the season opener against the New York Giants and the Broncos futures odds.
If a “current” member of the Broncos is going to win an NFL award, it’s likely going to be Miller. But Broncos bettors have some intriguing options.
Johnny Avello thinks a Rodgers move to the Broncos would shake up the NFL even more than Manning. It would also make them instant contenders.
The rumor of Aaron Rodgers to the Broncos has catapulted the futures odds. It’s also boosted the over/under wins to 9. If the odds will jump that high based on a rumor, imagine what they’ll do if a trade does happen.
Here’s a look at the current odds for Denver to win the Super Bowl, AFC and AFC West at some of the best 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:
Here is what the Broncos have done so far in the offseason:
There are some intriguing dates on the Broncos schedule this season. The Broncos should get off to a fast start, but they may need it with how the schedule ends. The good news is Denver has a Week 11 bye. As for the preseason, the Broncos only have three games this season.
Week 1 (Aug. 14): at Minnesota Vikings 2 p.m. MT
Week 2 (Aug. 21): at Seattle Seahawks 8 p.m. MT
Week 3 (Aug. 28): vs Los Angeles Rams 7:05 p.m. MT
Here’s a breakdown of the regular season schedule with game odds.
|1||9/12/2021||at New York Giants||2:25 p.m.||Fox||Point spread: Broncos -1.5 (-105)
Moneyline: Broncos -117
|2||9/19/2021||at Jacksonville Jaguars||11 a.m.||CBS|
|3||9/26/2021||vs New York Jets||2:05 p.m.||CBS|
|4||10/3/2021||vs Baltimore Ravens||2:25 p.m.||CBS|
|5||10/10/2021||at Pittsburgh Steelers||11 a.m.||Fox|
|6||10/17/2021||vs Las Vegas Raiders||2:25 p.m.||CBS|
|7||10/21/2021||at Cleveland Browns (TNF)||6:20 p.m.||Fox/NFL Network/Amazon|
|8||10/31/2021||vs Washington Football Team||2:25 p.m.||Fox|
|9||11/7/2021||at Dallas Cowboys||11 a.m.||Fox|
|10||11/14/2021||vs Philadelphia Eagles||2:25 p.m.||CBS|
|12||11/28/2021||vs Los Angeles Chargers||2:05 p.m.||CBS|
|13||12/5/2021||at Kansas City Chiefs||11 a.m.||CBS|
|14||12/12/2021||vs Detroit Lions||2:05 p.m.||Fox|
|15||12/19/2021||vs Cincinnati Bengals||2:05 p.m.||CBS|
|16||12/26/2021||at Las Vegas Raiders||2:25 p.m||CBS|
|17||1/2/2022||at Los Angeles Chargers||2:05 p.m.||CBS|
|18||1/9/2022||vs Kansas City Chiefs||2:25 p.m.||CBS|
The radio broadcast of Broncos games can also be found on TuneIn radio, which can be accessed online or via a mobile device.
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.
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.