Are the Denver Broncos poised to be the Humpty Dumptys of the NFL? All signs point to the Super Bowl 50 champions who have won the AFC West title for each of the past five seasons taking a great fall. Peyton Manning retired, and back-up Brock Osweiler bolted via free agency to the Houston Texans, leaving the quarterbacking int he hands of eight-year journeyman Mark Sanchez. The Broncos will be his third NFL team. Behind Sanchez on the depth chart are Trevor Siemian (one career pass attempt in the NFL) and 2016 first round draft pick Paxton Lynch.
It wouldn’t be shocking to see any of the three as the opening-game starter.
Sanchez did lead the New York Jets to back-to-back AFC Championship Games in 2009-10. He’s also thrown 31 touchdown passes and 33 interceptions in the past three seasons. So there’s that.
The Denver Broncos have won five AFC West Division titles in a row. They’ve played in seven Super Bowls and two in the last three seasons. Yet there was a time when the Broncos were the dregs of pro football.
Of the eight original teams that formed the AFL in 1960, the Broncos were the only franchise that never made the playoffs in the 10-year history of the league. Denver never enjoyed a winning season as an AFL team and finished as high as second place just once.
Their dormant status continued into the AFL-NFL merger. Denver didn’t taste the success of a winning campaign until 1973, going 7-5-2. But it wasn’t until their 17th season of existence when Red Miller, the Broncos’ eighth head coach, led them to an AFC West title in 1977, that Denver knew what playoff football felt like.
They enjoyed the experience right up until the end. Led by their Orange Crush defense, the Broncos rolled all the way into Super Bowl XII before falling 27-10 to the Dallas Cowboys.
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Denver Broncos Regular Season Schedule
The Denver Broncos regular season schedule listed below will get off to a rousing start. The Broncos will quickly get a taste of what like without Peyton Manning will be like, facing the Carolina Panthers in a Super Bowl 50 rematch.
It doesn’t get any easier in Week 2, as Oliver Luck and the Indianapolis Colts visit Denver before the Broncos take their show to the Jungle for a Week 3 date in Cincinnati against the Bengals.
There’s a popular theory that Denver’s Mile High Stadium is a graveyard for visitors because of its altitude, but that doesn’t add up to fact on the betting sheets. The Broncos were only 8-8 against the spread during the 2015-16 NFL season and a losing 3-5 on their home field.
What Are The Denver Broncos Standings
This is where you can check out where the Denver Broncos currently are situated in the AFC West standings and there’s plenty of football experts theorizing that in the 2016-17 NFL season, the Broncos will be bucked from atop the division.
|1||New England Patriots||16||14||2||441||250||0.875|
|3||Kansas City Chiefs||16||12||4||389||311||0.750|
|6||New York Giants||16||11||5||310||284||0.688|
|8||Green Bay Packers||16||10||6||432||388||0.625|
|14||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||16||9||7||354||369||0.563|
|22||New Orleans Saints||16||7||9||469||454||0.438|
|26||New York Jets||16||5||11||275||409||0.313|
|27||San Diego Chargers||16||5||11||410||423||0.313|
|28||Los Angeles Rams||16||4||12||224||394||0.250|
|31||San Francisco 49ers||16||2||14||309||480||0.125|
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Some NFL prognosticators have the Broncos falling below .500 during the 2016-17 season, and the sportsbooks appear to be buying somewhat cautiously into the doom and gloom theories surrounding Denver.
Defense was the name of the game during Denver’s run to its Super Bowl 50 win. The Peyton Manning the Broncos had at the helm wasn’t the guy who was a five-time NFL MVP.
Manning threw nine touchdown passes and was picked off 17 times. His quarterback rating was 44.96. No, Denver won the Super Bowl due to a dominant defense, but that group has taken some hits since the Broncos hit the off-season.
Outside linebacker Von Miller, the heart and soul of the unit, engaged in a bitter contract squabble with the team. Cornerback Aqib Talib was shot. The defense was the glue of this team and if they are not on par with the level of performance that was delivered last season, then it could leave the Mile High City feeling mighty low.
The last time the Broncos found themselves in a similar quandary at quarterback was to start the 1999 season. Much like the situation with Peyton Manning, the legendary John Elway had retired after leading the team to back-to-back Super Bowl wins and while most expected journeyman veteran Bubby Brister, who had starting experience in the NFL playoffs, to take over, then Broncos coach Mike Shanahan handed the keys to Brian Griese.
Perhaps Shanahan figured Griese would emulate his dad, two-time Miami Dolphins Super Bowl winner Bob Griese, but it didn’t happen and Denver finished 6-10.
Would current head coach Gary Kubiak take a similar tack and instead of giving the reins to Mark Sanchez, hand the keys to first-round pick Paxton Lynch or Trevor Siemian, an unheralded seventh round pick?
Denver doesn’t need its quarterbacks to win games as much as manage games. That’s what Manning and Brock Osweiler did during the run to Super Bowl, but it’s also something that Sanchez has proven to be poor at accomplishing during his NFL career.
If the Denver Broncos are to again be a playoff team, if they are to continue their dominance of the AFC West, it won’t be about what they do when they have the ball, it will come down to what they permit the other team to do when the Broncos don’t have possession of the football.
Denver was the 16th-best offense in the NFL last season in terms of yardage and 19th overall in scoring average, but the Broncos absolutely smothered the opposition.
They were the NFL’s best defense in terms of yards per game (283.1) and passing yardage (199.6). Denver was the third-best rush defense (83.6 yards per game) and the fourth-best scoring offense (18.5 points per game).