Game-by-Game and Total Wins Predictions
Following a Super Bowl victory two seasons ago, Denver Broncos’ fans everywhere were scratching their heads last season as the team finished with a disappointing 5-11 record.
The team played decently on the defensive side of the ball (3rd in total defense), but their offense never clicked as a unit.
This season, Head Coach Van Joseph and fans everywhere hope the offense can pick things up as new Quarterback, Case Keenum, takes the helm under Center.
The stability at QB this season will do wonders for a team that had 22 interceptions last year—the 2nd worst in the NFL (only the 0-16 Cleveland Browns had more).
Denver’s new QB Case Keenum had an impressive 22-7 touchdown to interception ratio last season and had a career best 3547 yards.
The Broncos are replacing another key position this year: Running Back. This past April, Denver cut ties with 1000 yard rusher from last season, C.J. Anderson. Anderson’s replacement will likely be 25 year old RB Devontae Booker. Booker looked promising last year as he had 299 yards last year in just 79 attempts.
Denver is returning their two leading receivers from last season: Emmanuel Sanders and Demaryius Thomas. Sanders and Thomas both led the team in receiving yards last year and had a combined 1504 yds, which is more than ⅓ of the teams receiving production.
Manning the trenches for Denver will be: LT Garett Bolles, LG Ronald Leary, C Matt Paradis, RG Connor McGovern and RT Jared Veldheer.
The Broncos look rock solid up front on the defensive side of the ball this year. Defensive ends Adam Gotsis and Derek Wolfe both had two sacks each last year and the two combined for 46 total tackles. Nose Tackle Domata Peko also had a productive year last season as he had a sack and 24 tackles.
The strongest group on this Denver team is their linebacking corps. Von Miller is a superstar and will look to thrive as he did in 2017 (10 sacks, 51 tackles, 2 forced fumbles). Brandon Marshall led the team in tackles last year with 75 and Todd Davis put up solid numbers as well (48 tackles, 1 sack). These three stud linebackers will also be mentors for 5th overall pick, Bradley Chubb. Chubb is already a projected starter for Denver and will do well in Joe Woods’ defense.
Denver’s secondary is a group that will look to reload in 2018 as they have lost a key component: Aqib Talib. Talib will be replaced this year by corners Bradley Roby and Chris Harris. Denver’s two safeties, Darian Stewart and Justin Simmons, are coming into this year following great 2017 campaigns as they led the team in interceptions with three and two, respectively.
Game by Game Predictions
Week 1: Sept. 9 vs. Seahawks
This Super Bowl 48 rematch ends the same way it did a few years ago, in Seattle victory.
Week 2: Sept. 16 vs. Raiders
The Broncos lose yet another game as they start the year 0-2.
Week 3: Sept. 23 vs. Ravens
The Broncos get their first win, dominating the Ravens in week 3.
Week 4: Oct. 1 vs. Chiefs
Denver drops yet another game, fall to 1-3 on the year.
Week 5: Oct. 7 vs. Jets
Denver gets a confidence booster as their defense pounces on a young Jets team.
Week 6: Oct. 14 vs. Rams
The Rams and their star studded roster get the best of Van Joseph’s Broncos in a blowout week 6 victory.
Week 7: Oct. 18 vs. Cardinals
A battle of two talented rookies (Josh Rosen/Bradley Chubb) ends in a thrilling victory for Denver in OT. The Broncos improve to 3-4.
Week 8: Oct. 28 vs. Chiefs
The Chiefs sweep the season series vs. Denver, gaining yet another win for Andy Reid and company.
Week 9: Nov. 4 vs. Texans
A battle of two stellar defense ends in a low-scoring but exciting win for the Broncos.
Week 10: BYE
Week 11: Nov. 18 vs. Chargers
Denver defeats in-division opponent Los Angeles to improve their record to 5-5.
Week 12: Nov. 25 vs. Steelers
Denver upsets the Steelers and this gives them the confidence to get a decent winning streak going.
Week 13: Dec. 2 vs. Bengals
Denver defeats yet another AFC North foe as they improve their record to 7-5 on the year.
Week 14: Dec. 9 vs. 49ers
Von Miller and company shut down Jimmy G as the Broncos dismantle San Francisco’s offense.
Week 15: Dec. 15 vs. Browns
The 8-5 Broncos welcome in a decent Browns team and out play them in another OT win for Denver. Case Keenum is the hero in this matchup.
Week 16: Dec. 24 vs. Raiders
Twas the night before Christmas… and the Raiders beat the Broncos ending their winning streak.
Week 17: Dec. 30 vs. Chargers
Denver finishes it’s season with a 9-7 record as they lose to the Chargers in the last week.
TOTAL WINS: 9-7