Remember all the accolades John Elway was receiving when Denver was going to the playoffs and winning a Super Bowl, just like when he was a player? Those thoughts are fading fast at about a mile high.
John Elway was given a great deal of credit for developing Denver into a Super Bowl champion, However, the Broncos rather rapid descent is also on his watch. It started with drafting quarterbacks that have shown they cannot win in this league or stay healthy. Despite his genius as a Hall of Fame player, Elway has built teams, rightly or wrongly, that was less dependent on the quarterback. In winning the Super Bowl in Peyton Manning’s last year, he was a shell of his prior self and Denver won with one of the best defense’s since the turn of the century.
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One has to wonder if Case Keenum is really the answer to make Denver relevant again. Sportsbooks like Bovada are not impressed as you can see with the NFL odds listed just below about the Broncos.
Odds to Win AFC West – +450 – 4th
Odds to Win the AFC – +1650 – 9th
Though the AFC West could very well be the most competitive division in the NFL, a few breaks, good or bad, could be the difference between first or last place.
2018 – Un7.5
2017 – Un8.5 (5-11 record)
2016 – Un9 (9-7 record)
2015 – Ov10 (12-4 record)
As you can see, Denver’s projected win total has decreased each of the last four years. And this a very important year for the Broncos, who have not had back to back losing seasons since 1968-72.