I predict the Broncos’ record will be 11-5 this season. If Colin Kapernick never comes and general manager/vice president of football operations John Elway really IS content with Mark Sanchez and Trevor Siemian as his signal-callers, the team will still be excellent.
As Broncos vice president of public relations Patrick Smyth tweeted out, the Broncos are returning 9 of their top 11 defenders from a unit that allowed only 14.7 points per game, a league-best, in 2015.
Thus, the defense will still be in control and all the quarterback has to do is take care of the football, better than Peyton Manning did in 2015, preferably.
Sanchez or whoever the Broncos put under center, is capable of doing this. I have the Broncos at 5 losses because playing against the Saints and Bengals in the dreaded “11:00 am kickoff window,” is not ideal. The Broncos have never done well in the early window on Sunday traditionally and both New Orleans and Cincinnati should be pretty good.
Nevertheless, the Broncos should be able to win early games at Tennessee and Jacksonville in back-to-back weeks although that will be a tough stretch.
Thankfully, because defense travels well with you, the Broncos will be more likely to excel out of their traditional broadcast element.
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